Ginger Vieira, Digital Content Manager

 

Digital Content Manager

Ginger diagnosed herself with type 1 diabetes during the 7th-grade health fair when she was 13 years old — and nobody believed her for a week! She also lives with Celiac disease, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism. Needless to say, her immune system has made some very questionable choices over the years, but she has spent her entire adult life creating content that helps people juggle the daily challenges of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She’s authored a variety of books, including “When I Go Low” (for kids), “Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes,” and “Dealing with Diabetes Burnout.” Ginger’s also written for DiabetesMine, Healthline, T1D Exchange, Diabetes Strong, Diathrive, and more! As a former competitive powerlifter, yoga teacher, and health coach, Ginger loves the never-ending experiment of managing type 1 diabetes around exercise. In her free time, she is usually jumping rope, scootering with her daughters, or walking with her handsome fella and her amazing dog, Petey.

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exercising with type 1 diabetes

Avoid Exercise Lows: How to Time Your Workouts Around Insulin Doses


Looking for a way to avoid those mid-exercise low blood sugars? This method can help, whether you’re exercising first thing in the morning or later in the day!MORE
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Putting Inhaled Insulin to the Test


I'm using Afrezza's inhaled insulin to manage my type 1 diabetes. Here's how it's going...MORE

Backup Supplies and a Low Box: Back to School with Type 1 Diabetes


If you have type 1 diabetes, managing your blood sugars at school means you need to be prepared for anything.MORE
relationship with food and T1D

Has Type 1 Diabetes Affected Your Relationship with Food?


There’s no denying that Type 1 diabetes affects how we think, feel, and behave around food. Read a few tips and experiences from fellow T1Ds.MORE

Low Blood Sugars at School: Spot the Symptoms & How to Help


If your classmate or student has Type 1 diabetes, you can support them by learning how to spot the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar.MORE
low blood sugar anxiety

Low Blood Sugars & Anxiety While Returning to Your Busy Routine


Easing back into "regular" life can increase your anxiety about low blood sugars and diabetes management. Here are a few tips to help:MORE
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Save a Life: It’s Time to Learn About Glucagon


Easy as an EpiPen, learn how to save a life with glucagon — because someone you know can have severe hypoglycemia, even if you don't know it!MORE
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Our Community Shares Why They Get Vaccinated Against the Flu and COVID-19


Never experienced the basic flu with type 1 diabetes? Even with high survival rates it can be dangerous and terrifying, like COVID-19.MORE
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Research on Anxiety in People with Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes


Anxiety in people with diabetes may not be discussed very often, but research finds that it's very common.MORE
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Research on Pancreas Transplants in Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes


Pancreas transplants are not an easy solution to Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, but for some, they may be life-saving.MORE
the impact of diabetes on your brain

The Impact of Blood Sugar Levels & DKA on Your Brain


Recent research suggests that DKA and prolonged high blood sugar levels cause the most injury to your brain.MORE
eating disorders in type 1 diabetes

Prevalence & Treatment of Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetes


Learn why People with Type 1 diabetes are significantly more likely to develop an eating disorder than their non-diabetic peers, and the most effective treatment approaches.MORE

How to Ask Your Primary Care Provider for Glucagon


Your doctor may not know about emergency glucagon, why you need it, and the newest types available. Here's how to ask for it...MORE
getting emergency glucagon

How to Get Emergency Glucagon: CoPay Cards & Insurance Denials


If you take insulin or a medication that can cause low blood sugar, having an emergency glucagon treatment is a must -- it could save your life. Here, we’ll look at getting insurance coverage for em...MORE
sunglasses for people with diabetes

Which Sunglasses are Best for People with Diabetes?


You probably know that UVA and UVB light can both damage your skin -- increasing your risk of skin cancer -- but it’s important to protect your eyes from UV light, too.MORE
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What does 20/20 vision mean?


The vision test you’ve probably been doing since you were 3 years old is called “visual acuity testing” and it determines whether your vision is 20/20 or something else.MORE
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We Asked an Ophthalmologist: Who REALLY Needs Eye Exams?


Regardless of your A1c, Kevin Blinder, MD, ophthalmologist explains why everyone with diabetes needs an annual eye exam.MORE
floaters in your vision

Floaters in Your Vision: When Should You Be Concerned?


Floaters are very common in people with diabetes who have developed diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema.MORE
glaucoma in people with diabetes

All About Glaucoma in People with Diabetes


People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma compared to the non-diabetic population, but you can take steps to reduce your risk.MORE
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All About Cataracts in People with Diabetes


For people with diabetes, chronically high blood sugar levels can affect the wellbeing of your lenses and lead to cataracts.MORE
diabetic macular edema

All About Diabetic Macular Edema


Diabetic macular edema (DME) is extremely common in people with diabetic retinopathy. These two eye conditions are the leading cause of blindness in developed countries across the globe.MORE
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All About Diabetic Retinopathy


Retinopathy is one of the most common and most serious diabetes-related eye complications. It’s actually the leading cause of preventable blindness.MORE
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All About “Dry Eye” with Diabetes


One of the most common yet rarely talked about eye conditions in people with diabetes is “dry eye,” it affects approximately 54 percent of people with diabetes.MORE
Patients Share: Treatments for Diabetes Eye Complications

Patients Share: Treatments for Diabetes Eye Complications


People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes share their experience receiving treatments for diabetes eye complications like retinopathy and macular edema, and how it’s helped save their vision. MORE
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Computer Screens & Blue Light: What Screen Time Can Do to Your Eyes


65% of Americans report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, also referred to as “computer vision syndrome”.MORE
OPTOMETRIST vs. OPHTHALMOLOGISTS vs. OPTICIAN

What’s the Difference: Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist vs. Optician


Regular appointments with eye specialists are the best way to protect your eyes and your vision from diabetes complications.MORE
annual diabetes eye exam

What to Expect at Your Annual Diabetes Eye Exam


Painless and non-invasive, your annual diabetes eye exam will be looking for signs of these five eye conditions...MORE
annual diabetes eye exam

Why You Should Schedule Your Annual Diabetes Eye Exam


Your annual diabetes eye exam is the best way to protect your vision from diabetes-related eye complications.MORE
Rachael's story: diabetic retinopathy

Rachael’s Story: My Stage 4 Diabetic Retinopathy Went Undiagnosed for Years


Rachael's eye doctor missed the earlier stages of diabetic retinopathy because he wasn't doing certain tests.MORE
bethany's diabetic retinopathy story

Bethany’s Story: My Eye Started Bleeding the Day My First Child Was Born


With 40 years of type 1 diabetes under her belt, Bethany shares her experience with laser treatments for retinopathy.MORE
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How Diabetes Impacts Your mood


Blood sugar fluctuations and constant stress means diabetes can easily impact your mood...MORE
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Yeast Infections & Diabetes: What You Need to Know


High blood sugar levels can feed the growth of yeast, leading to yeast infections. Here's what you need to know...MORE
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Insulin & Temperature: Why It’s Really Important


Insulin is very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Even an hour in a hot car can spoil your insulin. Learn how to keep it safe...MORE
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All About Time-in-Range


Time-in-range (TIR) is a measurement that tells you what percentage of the day your blood sugars are in your goal range.MORE

All About Gvoke HypoPen®


Anyone who takes insulin and other medications that cause low blood sugar should know about the premixed insulin Gvoke HypoPen.MORE

Making the Switch from Pens to a Pump: What to Know


Switching from multiple daily injections (MDI) with an insulin pen to an insulin pump is a very exciting decision! Here's what you need to know...MORE