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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 CindyUken.com.

Latest by Cindy Uken

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Travel

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.

Wrapping a gift for a loved one with diabetes.
Lifestyle

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.
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.

Doctor giving senior woman a vaccine.
Medication

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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Travel

How to Clear Airport Security Screenings With Diabetes Supplies

These tips will help you cruise through TSA screenings with medications and more.

Ray and Lorna Uken at home in Yankton, S.D.
Living With

Hearing Loss: What My Dad Wants You to Know

Every aspect of my dad’s life is affected by his hearing loss. Here, he shares his story.

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10 Ways to Avoid Heart Problems with Diabetes

Even when your type 2 diabetes is under control, you're still at risk of heart disease and stroke. These are the best ways to reduce your risk.

A diabetic checking her blood glucose level.

The Numbers for Heart Disease and Diabetes

Here's what you should know about the type 2 diabetes and heart disease numbers that determine your health risks.

Measuring foot size with a Brannock Device

Choosing Proper Footwear With Diabetes

Wearing quality shoes could mean the difference between amputation and saving your toes.