Matt Nilsen

Medical Writer

About Matt Nilsen

Matt Nilsen is a freelance healthcare author who has written dozens of articles and hundreds of pages of online health content. He has worked in marketing and management positions at the 3M Company, Intermountain Healthcare, and St. Barnabas Health Care System. He earned a BS in marketing from the University of Utah, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia.

Articles Written by Matt Nilsen

The Emotional Side of Diabetes

Depression and Anxiety in People with Diabetes
Frustration, anxiety, fear, and depression are all common in people with diabetes. Get tips on how to deal with emotions related to diabetes.

Blood Glucose Testing for Diabetes: How to Choose the Right Meter for You

An important part of diabetes management is regularly testing your blood glucose. With so many meters on the market, it can be challenging to sort through all the options. Here, some guidance and a video demonstration of how to use a meter.
A blood glucose meter can dramatically improve your diabetes blood sugar control. An expert guides you through the dizzying array of features to consider before you purchase a blood glucose meter. Be sure to get the features that work with your lifestyle.

Insulin Side Effects

Adverse effects and allergic reactions to insulin are possible. Here's what you should know if you take insulin to control your diabetes.
Insulin has a few side effects you should be aware of, including allergic reactions to insulin and hypoglycemia. Learn how to avoid insulin side effects, or deal with them if you experience them as you live with diabetes.

Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors: Are They Right for You?

A look at how these devices work in the treatment of diabetes
Continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps can help people with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels and keep them in their goal range. Learn more about the devices and their potential drawbacks.

Tips for Managing Nighttime Hypoglycemia

How to Avoid Low Blood Glucose Overnight
Nighttime hypoglycemia is a concern for people with diabetes. Learn how to prevent nighttime lows with a few easy steps.

How to Avoid Hypoglycemia During Exercise

Exercise Tips for People with Diabetes
Exercise is great for maintaining diabetes health, but you need to avoid hypoglycemia when working out. Read these tips for low blood sugar prevention.

Sick Day Management for People with Diabetes

Being ill or injured can make your blood sugar hard to manage. Get tips for staying in control of your diabetes when you're feeling under the weather.
If you have diabetes, make a sick day management plan now to help you take good care of your body so that you can heal faster.

Diabetes Foot Care

Why your feet next extra TLC when you have diabetes
Good diabetes foot care will help you detect complications while they are minor and address them with your foot doctor, or podiatrist. People with diabetes should visit a podiatrist at least once a year.

Dealing with Diabetes at Work

Do You Know Your Rights? You Should.
Many people with diabetes (type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes) decide to divulge their diabetes to their employer. Requesting reasonable accommodations can help you have success in your work and manage your diabetes.

Educate Your Co-workers about Diabetes

Education Reduces the Workplace Diabetes Bias
You can dismiss many diabetes-related biases by educating co-workers and your employer about diabetes.

Carb Counting and Insulin Math in Diabetes

Carb counting and "insulin math” may seem overwhelming—but with practice, you’ll be able to master it in no time.

Diabetes and Driving

Driving Tips for People with Diabetes
Usually diabetes does not affect driving safety, but people with diabetes need to know how it can. This article provides tips for safely handling diabetes while driving.

Sick Day Tips for People with Diabetes

Monitoring Your Blood Glucose and Ketones
When you are sick with diabetes, it is vital to allow yourself a sick day. Use your sick day to alertly manage diabetes. You will monitor blood glucose, temperature, and other key indicators to make sure that you can recover from your sickness quickly—and with your blood glucose levels in control.

How to Travel Well with Diabetes

Traveling with diabetes requires you prepare to manage your blood glucose on the road. Get quick travel tips, such as how much insulin and medication to bring so that you can manage your diabetes no matter where you are.

Traveling with Insulin

Travel Tips for People with Diabetes
When you travel with insulin, you can use ice to keep your insulin vials cold, as long as you use insulated containers like thermoses. Get tips for travelling (including camping) with insulin when you have diabetes.

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