Ginger Vieira, Sr. 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 DiabetesMineHealthlineT1D ExchangeDiabetes 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. (Find more articles by Ginger at BeyondType2.)

Written by Ginger

Checking Your Blood Sugar During Pregnancy with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Managing your blood sugars during pregnancy is not a simple task — especially if you’re taking insulin. Here’s what you need to know to keep your BG levels in a safe range.MORE
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Inhaled Insulin: Meet a Type 1 Who Uses Afrezza And Keeps Her A1C Below 6.0

Have you ever wondered about the effectiveness of inhaled insulin? This T1D uses it and keeps her A1C below 6.0!MORE

Diabetes Camp: Why Forcing Your Child to Go May Be The Best Decision Ever

At diabetes summer camps, kids with diabetes are just like all the other kids, taking insulin and checking blood sugar levels.MORE
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Inhaled Insulin: Myths Vs. Facts

Inhaled insulin has been around for several years, but there are many myths about this zero-poke method of taking insulin.MORE

Diabetes & Pregnancy: 5 Things I’ll Do Differently During My 2nd Pregnancy

I’m sharing my tips for staying calm and keeping your blood sugars stable when you have T1D and a baby on the way, or in my case—baby #2!MORE
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How to Adjust Your Basal Rates for Endurance Exercise Training

Adjusting your insulin doses while training for an endurance sport is a careful and personal process. Here are some tips to help you along the way!MORE
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Endurance Exercise & Weight-Gain: Why It Happens & How to Prevent It

Training for a marathon but gaining weight? Understand why it happens and how to prevent it...MORE
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How Your Menstrual Cycle Can Affect Your Diabetes

Frustrated by sudden swings in your blood sugar right before your period starts? Here, we’ll take a look at the specific hormones involved in your menstrual cycle, how they might impact your diabete...MORE
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Hate Math? Tips for Managing Diabetes With Fewer Numbers

Whether you call it math, carb-counting or SWAG (scientific and wildly amazing guess), day-to-day diabetes management involves a lot of numbers. If math has never come easily to you, here are some way...MORE
5 reasons I don't use an insulin pump

5 Reasons I Don’t Use an Insulin Pump 

It blows people’s minds that I would choose multiple daily injections (and now, inhalations) over wearing an insulin pump that sits in my skin 24/7.MORE

How a New Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Changed This Man’s Life

Earl Arnold endured the pain of diabetic neuropathy for years before finding a treatment option that truly changed his life.MORE

Learn How to Recognize Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Learn about the signs and symptoms of painful diabetic neuropathy — and how it’s different from other types of neuropathy.MORE

Treatment Options for People with Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Struggling with painful diabetic neuropathy? Learn about treatment options to help reduce your pain and improve your day-to-day life.MORE
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This is Why I Screen My Children for Type 1 Diabetes

You can now catch Type 1 diabetes months or even *years* before symptoms of the disease show up. Plus, new treatments are on the way to even delay T1D.MORE
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How Dehydration Can Spike Your Blood Sugar

Are you drinking enough water? Even mild dehydration can spike your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Learn why here...MORE
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Tips to Avoid Post-Meal Spikes in Your Blood Sugar

We've gotta eat! But managing those post-meal spikes can be tricky. Here are 3 tips that could help...MORE
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Tips for Endurance Exercise with a Closed-Loop Pump

Learn how to adjust your closed-loop insulin pump for any type of exercise with Type 1 diabetes -- especially endurance training!MORE

Deep Dive: All of the Non-Drug Pain Treatment Options for Diabetic Neuropathy

Painful neuropathy can be disruptive, life-altering, and overwhelming. Don’t deal with it alone; learn about non-drug pain relief options.MORE

Diabetic Neuropathy: A Common Complication with a New Solution

Scary: talking about diabetes complications. Scarier: Keeping your pain to yourself when there are life-changing solutions available.MORE
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Stem-Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Reduced Patient’s Insulin Needs by 91%

The early results of a clinical trial using stem-cell therapy to treat Type 1 diabetes reduced the patient’s insulin needs by 91%.MORE
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Best Times of Day to Check Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes 101: Here, we’ll look at the best times to check your blood sugar for the most information about your diabetes management!MORE
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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