Ask Nadia: When to Tell Someone You Have Diabetes

Dear Nadia, I just started dating someone I really like. When do you think it’s a good time to tell this person I have diabetes? I don’t want to scare him off. Anne Portland OR   Dear Anne Your question is somewhat subjective. In my personal experience, when I first started dating my previous husband, who has type 1 diabetes, he first told me about

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Diabetes Diagnosis Forces Dance Champion to Focus on Health

Tony New was an eight-time country western dance champion before he lost his day job in 2012, starting a downward spiral that ultimately cost him the thing he loves most. “Losing the job meant less money, which meant fewer competitions, which meant less incentive to keep practicing, which meant increasing weight gain,” says the 52-year-old Texan. By summer 2014, weighing an all-time high of 332

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My Lucky Day: An Offer to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

My eyes went directly to the advertisement, featuring a free gourmet meal and a promise to attendees to “discover the hidden secrets about how to potentially reverse your Type 2 diabetes.”  This was the most exciting thing I’d come across in some time and it was happening at a location near me.  Was this the answer?  I mean, who wants to pass up a free

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Drug And Food Interactions: More Common Than You Think

The headline sounded too good to be true. Scientists were reporting that the old-fashioned licorice stick contains a natural substance called amorfrutins that not only lowers blood sugar but also reduces inflammation. Great news, right? Not if you’re taking the heart medication Lanoxin, also known as digoxin. In that case, regularly snacking on even a modest amount of licorice could increase your risk for developing

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Running For The Olympics

Kate Hall is so close to the Olympics, and the track and field phenom is hoping that Iowa State University will be her ticket to the global playing field. Set to graduate from high school in May, Hall is both disciplined and determined, much of which comes from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 10. Since she was one of the one in

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Singer-Songwriter Has Type 1.5

Valerie June was exhausted, but initially thought it was her busy schedule, and maybe a bit of jet lag. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter was juggling a burgeoning music career along with numerous part-time jobs to keep herself afloat while she pursued her dream. Valerie would fall asleep standing up, and she struggled to do promotional interviews through her fog of fatigue. After she passed out and

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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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Diabetes Health Type 1: I Owe What?

Diabetes supplies – somehow picking them up from the pharmacy is always exciting, never dull. Here’s the thing, we wish it were dull when it came to paying for these supplies. I’d like to yawn from the utter lack of excitement when I pick up my insulin, test strips, and syringes. I’d love to, but I don’t usually get that lucky. It’s more of an

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Low protein diet may not maintain muscles

By Brenda Neugent A new study suggests that eating enough protein is as important as limiting carbs for those with type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that insulin resistance not only impacts the body’s ability to use blood glucose; it also impacts protein metabolism. Canadian researchers recently found that those with type 2 who eat less protein don’t break down protein into useable amino acids

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Diabetes Health Type 1: These Simple Tips Helped Me Lose Weight

People keep asking me questions about my weight. “Whose diet are you doing?” my co-workers inquired. “Wow, you lost weight. I really like the new you” said a customer at work. “You look great. I don’t think you need to lose any more weight” remarked a sweet friend. It seems that people have noticed my 22lb weight loss, and they all want to know how

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