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Bonnie Sanders Polin, PhD

About Bonnie Sanders Polin, PhD

Bonnie Sanders Polin, PhD is the co-author of the Joslin Diabetes Gourmet Cookbook, winner of the James Beard Cookbook Award and a nominee for the Julia Child Cookbook Award. A retired psychologist specializing in children and adults with chronic diseases, Bonnie is co-founder of a diabetes clinic for the working poor at Project Get Together. She’s also a frequent speaker for the American Diabetes Association and Interim Healthcare on issues of health care and nutrition for people with diabetes. She serves as a member of the board of directors for the American Diabetes Association, Children's Services Leadership Board, Dillon International, Interim Health Care, and Project Get Together. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1982.

Articles Written by Bonnie Sanders Polin, PhD

Gifts that Diabetics Will Appreciate

Gifts that Focus on Healthy Living and Healthy Eating
Consult this list for gift ideas that a person with diabetes might need or appreciate.

Reduce Stress to Help Your Diabetes

4 super effective techniques to combat stress
Stress affects people with both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. When you have diabetes, stress has an impact on your blood glucose levels, so managing stress when you have diabetes is just another way to work on managing your blood glucose levels.

Why You Should Hike

A Good Exercise for People with Diabetes
Hiking is an excellent way for people with diabetes to lose weight and improve their health. Get hiking tips to get you motivated and on the trail.

Gastroparesis: A Complication of Diabetes

Gastroparesis Diagnosis and Treatments for People with Diabetes
Gastroparesis affects how you digest and process food, and people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes can develop it. Article addresses gastroparesis treatments, including medications.

How Diabetes Affects Sexual Function

What You Need to Know about Diabetes and Sex
Diabetes can affect sexual function, and as uncomfortable as it may sound, you may need to discuss this with your doctor. Learn more in this article.

How to Treat Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic Nerve Pain: A Diabetes Complication
Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage caused by diabetes, is a possible long-term complication of diabetes. Article discusses different types of diabetic neuropathy, as well as diabetic neuropathy treatments, including medications used to treat this nerve pain.

Skin Conditions and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Skin conditions may develop as a result of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Learn how to treat diabetic skin conditions, and how to prevent them.

Insulin: Its History and Future

Learn about the invention of the life-saving drug insulin, and what the future holds in store.
Succinct, easy-to-understand article on the history of insulin as a diabetes treatment. Also explains current insulin types and how they work for people with diabetes.

Diabetes and Dental Complications

For people with diabetes, poor blood glucose control can lead to long-term complications, including dental problems such as gum disease. Learn more about diabetic dental complications in this article.

Ketoacidosis: A Diabetes Complication

Learn about ketoacidosis prevention and treatments, especially when you're sick.

How Do You Motivate Yourself to Exercise?

Sticking with an Exercise Plan when You Have Diabetes
Everyone with diabetes (type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes) is aware of this: We must exercise to stay healthy. However, it can be difficult to find the motivation to do it, even if you know it'll help with your blood glucose control and reduce your risk of developing long-term complications. Article helps you find motivation to exercise.

How to Use Fresh Herbs

Adding Flavor to Diabetes-friendly Dishes
Fresh herbs add so much flavor to even the simplest meals, and they're an excellent way to stick to a diabetes-friendly meal plan.

Diabetes and Exercise: Walking

Walking is an easy, affordable way to get more exercise into your routine when you have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Start a walking routine today!

Exercise Option: Hiking

Fun Ways to Exercise When You Have Diabetes
Exercise is important when you have diabetes, but it can be challenging to keep your exercise routine exciting. What about taking a hike? Includes precautions people with diabetes should take before hiking (such as dealing with hypoglycemia).

Why Water Aerobics Is Good Exercise

Diabetes and Exercise Options
You must exercise when you have diabetes, and this article reviews a fun way to exercise: water aerobics. Learn everything you need to know before getting in the pool

The Mediterranean Pantry for Diabetics

Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes
Following the Mediterranean Diet is a good idea for people with diabetes (both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes). Here's a list of staples to keep on hand in your pantry.

Walking the Treadmill

An Easy Exercise for People with Diabetes
Walking on a treadmill is an excellent way for people with diabetes to exercise. Learn how to make this tried and true exercise more interesting in this article.

Food Safety Tips for Diabetes

Food safety is just as important as eating healthy when it comes to type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Exercise Option: Water Aerobics

Water aerobics allows you to get the same benefits as regular aerobic workouts, but it has many additional advantages.

Have Diabetes, Can Fly

Adjusting Insulin and Monitoring Blood Glucose Levels in the Air
Get travel tips for flying with diabetes: how to adjust your insulin schedule, how to pack diabetes supplies, making sure you have enough of your diabetes medications, and more.

Slumber Parties When Your Child Has Diabetes

Just because your child has diabetes, they don't have to miss out on normal childhood things, such as sleepovers. Read this article for slumber party tips--with special considerations for children with diabetes.

Fast, Diabetes-friendly Recipes

Use the Microwave for Quick, Healthy Meals
Quick, easy, diabetes-friendly recipes you can make in the microwave.

The Insulin Pump: Is It Right for You?

Insulin Pumps for Type 1 Diabetes
Insulin pumps deliver a continuous stream of insulin to people with diabetes. Is it right for you?

Type 2 Diabetes: Estimating Portion Sizes

Quick Tips for Controlling Serving Sizes
Estimating portion sizes is an important skill for people with type 2 diabetes. Read this article for tips on determining appropriate portions.

Making Snacktime Fun for Kids with Diabetes

Need some quick ideas for what to feed your child with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes? How do you help them snack well and stay in their goal blood glucose range? Get a list of diabetes-friendly snacks that are kid-friendly, too!

Snacks: A Healthy Necessity in a Diabetic Diet

Snacks play a very important role in the daily life of a person with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 diabetes and insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes. Snacks can help you avoid hypoglycemia. Article includes list of carb-loaded snacks, as well as recipes for diabetic snacks.

Low-impact Aerobics: Diabetes Exercise Option

People with diabetes know they need to exercise, but other conditions, such as osteoporosis, can make it difficult. Article is full of tips and ideas for low-impact aerobic exercises for diabetics.

Diabetic-friendly Recipe: Homemade Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt is a healthy treat for people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Find out more about yogurt, and learn how to make your own homemade yogurt cheese.

A Review of Three Weight Loss Medications

Medications for Weight Loss When You Have Type 2 Diabetes
Some people with type 2 diabetes will need to lose weight in order to help them control their condition. Article review three weight loss medications that may be considered to help control weight. Includes side effects and recommendations of these weight loss medications.

Diabetes Cooking Tip: Make Your Own Herb Blends

Herb Blends Help Spice Up Diabetic Recipes
Dried herbs can add so much flavor to dishes; they can really help you "spice up" diabetic recipes. You can buy herb blends, but it's rather easy to make your own. We explain how to do that in this article. Mix up your own blends and then use them in our diabetic recipes.

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