Cindy Uken

Health Writer

Cindy Uken is a veteran, award-winning health writer living in Palm Springs. She has worked at newspapers in California, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and at USA Today. Cindy received a 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, chosen as one of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, inducted into the Yankton (S.D.) High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work on Montana’s suicide rate, and named one of Gannett’s Top Ten Supervisors of the Year. Follow Cindy on Twitter @CindyUken, on Facebook and at

Latest by Cindy Uken

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How to Travel Safely With Type 2 Diabetes

Careful planning makes all the difference, whether you’re spending a day at a water park or a week on a cruise.

Man riverboarding.
Alternative Treatment

Exercise Can Ease PTSD Symptoms

For vets, the adrenaline provided during riverboarding is a healthy way to mimic the rush felt in combat.

Susan Ford Bales and Mom Betty Ford.
Family Health

Susan Ford Bales and Breast Cancer Awareness

Read a Q&A with Susan Ford Bales, daughter of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who helped launched National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with her mother Betty Ford.

Wrapping a gift for a loved one with diabetes.

10 Great Gift Ideas for People With Diabetes

If someone you love lives with diabetes, forget the sugar-free candy this holiday season. Try one of these 10 great gift ideas for diabetics.

A doctor talking to a patient about important diabetes tests.

9 Tests You Should Get With Type 2 Diabetes

Keep your diabetes under control by getting these important tests at least once a year.

Young woman and parents, mental health issues in family.
Healthy Conversations

Family Denies Manic-Depressive Disease Is Real

A woman speaks out about her family member’s battle to advocate for bipolar disorder, and the family that won’t believe him.

Doctor giving senior woman a vaccine.

Do You Need the Shingles Vaccine?

At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles every year, a painful and often debilitating skin rash that can take weeks to resolve.

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Healthy Conversations

'13 Reasons Why' and Suicide: It's Time to Talk

A controversial Netflix series has sparked a global conversation about suicide. That’s a good thing.

Children ready to trick-or-treat

Trick-or-Treating Tips for Kids With Diabetes

Halloween can be hard for a child with type 2 diabetes. These strategies will let your child have fun and enjoy some treats while staying healthy.

A father sending his son to school with a healthy lunch.

10 Tips for Packing a Diabetes-Friendly Lunch

When your child has diabetes, it’s important to send them to school with a lunch that helps them keep their condition under control all day.