Frequently Asked Questions

What questions or thoughts are keeping you up at night? Below are some common ones.

How is this different than going to my diabetes clinic appointments?

If you often feel that your clinic appointments are rushed or not meeting your needs, then diabetes coaching may be for you. As a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (formerly known as Certified Diabetes Educator), outside of the constraints of a healthcare system or health insurance codes, I can provide you with more time to really dig into your questions related to your diabetes health so you can feel more confident of how to make changes you (and your healthcare provider) would like to see.

My family member has diabetes. Does that mean I will get it too?

Not necessarily. Whether it is Type 1 or Type 2, you have a lot of power in your daily and regular habits. Even if you share some of the same genes as your family member, choosing to take care of your body with regular exercise and a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and low on processed and fast foods, can help your body so much. Should you become officially diagnosed with any type of diabetes, leading a healthy lifestyle will make it easier to take care of your blood sugars. As the research shows us today, in general, type 2 diabetes is more common to run in families than type 1 diabetes.

What is Diabetes Coaching?

Diabetes Coaches step in where your clinical appointments with healthcare providers leave off. See Diabetes Coaching.

Why did I get Type 1 Diabetes?

First off, it has nothing to do with what you did or didn’t eat when you were younger. Type 1 Diabetes does have a genetic component, so you probably have some genes that may have set you up to possibly one day get T1D. However, 85-90% of all T1D’s have no family history, meaning they are the lucky random person in their family with T1D. T1D is an autoimmune condition, meaning something triggered your body to accidentally attack your pancreas to the point where it cannot produce (enough) insulin, requiring you to take exogenous (from outside the body) insulin via injection or pump. Today, in the US and all over the world, research continues to solve the question of what that triggering “something” is. One great study to look into is here: The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) Study.