Diabetes Health in The News Podcast: Hard Work and Poverty is Killing The Working Class

    You might have heard that “deaths of despair” are sharply increasing among the American working class, but is that really what’s behind the rising suicide and opioid use rates? According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, it is not a sense of hopelessness that is killing the working class. Instead, it is the result of years of working

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AskNadia: Why Your Diabetes Will Not Be Cured or Reversed

Dear Nadia, I have had Type 2 diabetes for five years. My doctor says if I lose 22 pounds, my diabetes may disappear. What do you think? Roland Dear Roland, Once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it will not disappear if you lose weight. Some marketing people use the term reverse and cure diabetes while advocating juicing, eating a raw food diet or

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AskNadia: I Stopped Giving My Daughter Insulin and Was Reported to Children Services

Dear Nadia, Help!! My 10yr old daughter is a type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed at 2. This year she has suffered from severe hypoglycemic episodes to the point where I have stopped giving her insulin. The first time this happened in April, I begged the doctors to check everything…to see if there was some kind of hormonal imbalance that could be causing this. They

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How Fireworks Can Trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

By Nadia Al-Samarrie   I spent 4th of July in San Francisco this year. A departure from my West Marin country life where fireworks are illegal. The locals decided to put on a fire show right in the intersection of a street with a two-way traffic light, only 100 feet away from my front door. Starting at 7:30 pm fireworks began going off all around

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Diabetes Health Type 1 & Type 2: My Four 4th Of July Tips

The holidays are never an easy time for people with diabetes. Temptations loom everywhere with family and friend invitations to celebrate a national festive day with food and drink, a time when we tend to indulge a bit more than usual. Unfortunately, people with diabetes do not have the luxury of eating whatever they want or as much as they want. Here are a few

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Using the Tandem Insulin Pump Has Helped Keeping Her Blood Sugars in a Good Range

By Claire Lynch At age 19 Michele Cramer went to her doctor afraid that she had a urinary tract infection. The nurse asked her to give a urine sample and they discovered sugar in her urine. She had all of the classic symptoms of Type 1 – fatigue, excessive thirst and frequent UTIs – and after additional testing they determined that’s what it was. Her

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Diabetes Health in The News Podcast: FDA Approves Novo Nordisk’s Type 2 Diabetes Drug for Young Patients

Click above to listen!   There’s a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes that may be perfect for children. The FDA has recently approved Victoza injections as a treatment option to help lower blood sugar in children and adolescents ages 10-17. Designed to be used alongside exercise and diet, Victoza has been on the market since 2010 but was approved specifically for younger patients this

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AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High When Nothing Has Changed?

Dear Nadia, I was diagnosed a type 2 diabetic 14 years ago this month. For the most part, my daily fasting numbers averaged 107 while taking three oral medications (2k Metformin, 3 mg Glimepiride, 50 mg Januvia).  Recently (maybe three weeks) my daily average has hovered around 148. Any ideas? Nothing has changed in my diet or activities. Dr. Charles Dear Dr. Charles: There are

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In The Trenches With Diabetes Dad: Lisa Awards 2019, Powerhouses in Our Diabetes World and One Special Son

by diabetesdad Ten years are a long time. I just cannot believe that ten years have gone by that our sweet Lisa left this world. But she went out with a voice shouting from the mountaintops and it is in the memory of that voice that I keep the promise I gave to my Little Brother (honorary), Mark, that in honor of his wife I

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Is Being a Plus-size a Feminist Issue?

By Nadia Al-Samarrie I recently went on a 7.8-mile trek to a beautiful place in Hood Mountain, nestled in the hills of Santa Rosa California. Overlooking a breath-taking view of Kenwood, Napa and Sonoma County, I felt as if I was floating in the sky on a suspended rock, 2,100 feet above sea level. Gunsight Rock, a coveted observation lookout, only fits two sitting people

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