Published On: Mon, Dec 4th, 2017

New Year, New Smile.

This post is sponsored by Colgate. Opinions are my own.


image1 (3)Getting a Diabetes diagnosis can really turn your world upside down because choosing to stay healthy is going to take some commitment. As a Latino, I think it is important to have all the tools you need within reach to educate yourself, gain commitment and ensure success.

When I was diagnosed, I was already surrounded by an amazing group of people from a Latino initiatives program by the American Diabetes Association®. Being in that circle allowed me a deeper understanding of how Diabetes was really going to impact me in real life.

In the spirit of paying it forward, I teamed up with our friends at Colgate Total once again to remind each of you how important oral care is when you are diabetic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1, people living with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop gum disease.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after a near death bout with Pneumonia. My hospital stay took me from pre-diabetes while I was in the hospital to a head on collision with it as I walked out the building.

I lead a very active life with meetings, speaking engagements, networking events and pretty active social life. The last thing I need to deal with is insecurity about my breath. Lucky for me, Colgate Total tastes great and is FDA approved toothpaste‡ that can reverse and prevent gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, so it keeps you ready for whatever life throws your way.

What a lot of people do not know (and I learned about three years ago) is that your oral health can be severely impacted by Diabetes. I continue to take control of my diabetes by creating healthy habits and addressing oral health issues without hesitation to insure a happy healthy life.

I know that many of you are starting to think about your health more now that the new year is approaching… please keep your oral health in mind when outlining your goals in 2018.


In my tradition of sharing valuable tips… I found the following from Colgate Total partner and Dr. Natalie Strand.

Follow these simple tips to help take charge of your oral health and diabetes:

  1. Ask for help! When I was getting married, I asked each of my bridesmaids to remind me to check my blood sugar throughout the day and to remind me to eat snacks. I knew I would be distracted, and having a team helped to keep me on track. Go ahead and ask your siblings, team mates, and friends to help keep you on track!
  2. Have good communication with your diabetes care team. Make sure you connect with your nurse educator, endocrinologist, and dietician. Reach out to them with your questions.
  3. Try to have fun with it. Having a chronic disease is exhausting. Try to have fun in little ways if possible: decorate your glucose meter, insulin pump, or continuous glucose monitor.
  4. Get involved. Connect with a local group to fundraise, vent, or just understand each other. Groups like the American Diabetes Association offer ways to connect with other people living with diabetes in person or on social media. Connecting with the diabetes community is a powerful way to help ease the burden of living with diabetes.
  5. Keep doing what you love. Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up doing what you love. Make efforts to continue sports, travel, and other hobbies; even if there is a learning curve to doing this with diabetes at first.
  1. Maintain good oral health. People living with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop gum disease[1]. Whether you have diabetes or not, it’s important to brush with an appropriate toothpaste. Colgate Total® toothpaste is FDA approved to reverse and prevent gingivitis, an early form of gum disease.‡
  1. Spring Clean Your Health. Pick a time of year every year to do your annual visits: eye doctor, endocrinologist, renew prescriptions, etc. Picking the same time of year every year ensures you don’t forget to take care of yourself!
  2. Make self-care a priority. It can be hard to keep diabetes care in the forefront. It can be boring, exhausting, and also fade into the background. Remind yourself that one of the best things you can do for you and your loved ones, is to stay healthy. Use your family as motivation to exercise daily, eat healthy foods, and maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Manage stress. Diabetes can be a big stressor. Add jobs, kids, relationships; and it can be downright overwhelming. Find an easy and effective tool for stress relief; and do it often. Even 5 – 10 minutes of guided meditation daily can make a big impact in stress management.
  4. Get into a routine. Find a routine that works and stick with it. This way you don’t have to make new decisions each day. Anything that can ease the mental burden of diabetes will help.


1 Centers for Disease Control:

‡Colgate Total® toothpaste is approved through the New Drug Application process to help prevent gingivitis in the general population. Not approved for the prevention or treatment of serious gum disease or other diseases.

Brought to you by Colgate Total:
Colgate Total is a proud sponsor of the American Diabetes Association®




New Year, New Smile.