AskNadia: Brown Sugar Substitute for Diabetes?

I am a type 2 diabetic.  My meds are Jardiance, metformin, and Victoza.  My breakfast is two pieces of whole wheat toast with sugar-reduced jam, and oatmeal with brown sugar.  I think the brown sugar makes my blood sugar spike (I use the Freestyle Libre to monitor sugar levels, and after breakfast, it goes from 6.8 mm/l to 15+ mm/l.   Is there a substitute

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AskNadia: Fasting High Blood Sugars & The Dawn Phenomenon

Hi Nadia, I have had Type 2 diabetes for ten years and I control it with diet and exercise. My fasting sugar levels are always high. My sugar level will not go down. What do I need to do to bring my fasting blood sugar level down? Thank you, Jack Dear Jack: I am assuming that when you say fasting blood sugar, you mean your

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AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

Dear Nadia, My fasting blood sugar is 120.  After 30 minutes of playing hockey, it rises to 250. I am 52 years old. Should I continue playing hockey or not? Which exercise should I do to reduce my blood sugar level? Surinder Dear Surinder Only 39% of people with diabetes exercise. Congratulations on being part of the minority. Being active for 150 minutes a week

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AskNadia: Do Opiates Affect People With Type 2 Diabetes

Nadia: Do opioids (painkillers) have a definite effect on people with type 2 diabetes? I’ve read that it makes you fall off the healthy wagon of eating right. But do the pills directly affect the effectiveness of insulin to control and manage blood sugar? Do opiates raise someone’s blood sugar or restrict the full potential of a diabetes pill that the doctor has prescribed?  Fernando

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AskNadia: Type 1 Son Coming from Saudi Arabia to America

Dear Nadia, My son was diagnosed with T1 when he was eight years old. He has been living in Saudi Arabia and getting excellent medical care from the time of his diagnosis. He started using an insulin pump at the age of 9. He is now going to Pomona, California and enrolling in intensive English courses. I would like your recommendations for an excellent T1

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AskNadia: Is The FreeStyle Libre CGM Sensor As Accurate as Finger Pricking Blood Glucose Monitors?

Dear Nadia: I have had type-2 diabetes for more than ten years.  I was first enthusiastic about lancing to see my blood sugar levels, but this dropped off.  My doctor checked blood fasting levels about every three months.  Then, she retired. My new doctor is a proponent of A1C testing over lancing.     I recently was referred to an endocrinologist who put me on the

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Ask Nadia: Is Coconut Oil Good For Maintaining Blood Sugar

Nadia, I’ve heard that coconut oil is good for maintaining blood sugar. Is this true, or did I misunderstand? Debbie San Diego Ca Dear Debbie, In the past, the benefits of coconut oil were considered controversial because some felt there was not enough evidence-based research to support the benefits of coconut oil. The concern was that the demand for the oil was falsely generated and it

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AskNadia: My Walgreen’s True Metrix Lancet Gauge

Dear Nadia, I bought the Walgreens blood glucose test meter True Metrix, made by Trividia Health. In the box was a package of lancelets that contained long needles, medium length needles, and short needles.  I have learned that lancet needles ranged from 28 gauge to 30 gauge, and the length range was between 2.8 mm to 3.2 mm. No one has been able to tell me when each

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AskNadia: False Blood Glucose Readings and How They Relate to Your Glucose Test Strips

Dear Nadia, My blood sugar numbers are all over the place? They range from 126 on the low end to 422 on the high end. George Dear George: It natural for blood sugar tests to vary. Ideally, you want to be in the normal range. If your higher reading is an isolated situation, the meter reading could be the result of a malfunction; producing a

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AskNadia: Should I get A Therapy Dog Because My Great Niece’s Fluctuating Blood Sugars?

My great niece was diagnosed three years ago with diabetes she is now 13.  She gives herself seven shots a day.  Her sugar fluctuates so much that my niece seriously wants to get her a therapy dog.  The problem is she is a single mom with two other children trying to put herself through college and no money.  If we could get some guidance or

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