AskNadia: High & Low Blood Sugars After Giving Birth

Dear Nadia: I’m having a lot of lows and highs that I can’t control. I just had a baby a little over 6 weeks ago and am wondering if that could be reason. Maribeth Dear Maribeth: The blood sugar fluctuations you are experiencing aren’t at all uncommon. Many new mothers experience blood glucose fluctuations. Your hormones could be all over the place, you’ve just finished

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Managing Diabetes After Retiring

Nine years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My internist had ordered some standard blood tests plus the a1c and when the results came back he was concerned about an elevated a1c. Three months later my a1c was even higher so he started me on Metformin. I didn’t tolerate Metformin well so my doctor switched me to Glimepiride each morning and Januvia after

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Dear Loved Ones, Thank You for Not Holding a Grudge

What a weekend. After 21 years with Type 1 diabetes, you’d think I’d be used to these blood sugar swings, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a 330 blood sugar brought on in part by stress and PMS. I’d had a low of 37 the day before. These wildly crazy swings tend to make me feel like a newbie, but I’m

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AskNadia: My Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Me Enough Insulin

Dear Nadia: I use an insulin pump, and since we have changed insurance plans, I have a new Doctor, who will not give me enough insulin to last me a month. I have told him that I run out of insulin every month. Andrew Sacramento Ca Dear Andrew: That is outrageous. Is your physician an endocrinologist? Does he understand insulin pump therapy? His lack of

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Francisco Zepeda’s Dog Helps Him Manage His Type 2 Diabetes

Francisco Zepeda is a 54-year-old native of El Salvador who owns an insurance agency in San Francisco.  Type 2 diabetes runs in his family. He says, “My grandmother lived with diabetes for about 30 years, and my father has it as well. I heard about diabetes all that time, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me. And I still hope

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AskNadia: Afrezza’s Inhaled Insulin- One Solution to High Insulin Prices?

Click here to Listen to Nadia’s Podcast Interview With Michael Castagna, Chief Executive Officer of MannKind I have received many questions about insulin costs. The most common concern? The price of insulin and long-term affordability. Just recently I read an article online by NPR about a young man who phased out of his mother’s health insurance plan. He was a restaurant manager who could not

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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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Diabetes Health Type 1 & Type 2: Are You in?

If you frequent my site, then health is on the top of your list. Like me, you could be looking for inspiration or tips on how to manage your blood sugars, lose weight, fit exercise in or reach your A1c target. Every year I ask myself, how can I become the person I want to be? Are my goals realistic? Achievable? Which road should I

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: A Rebellious Teenager Finds Team Type 1

I am excited to have this opportunity to write a diabetes-focused blog for Diabetes Health about living and thriving with type 1 diabetes. First of all, I am extremely passionate about racing road and mountain bicycles, running 5K runs and sprint triathlons, and doing other activities that I find to compete in for Team Type 1. But before I start blogging, I would like to

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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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