Ask Nadia: Celiac Disease Test

“I was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was wondering if I should be tested for celiac disease? Dave Madison Wisconsin Hello Dave, It estimated that 1% of the population has celiac disease. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you have an 8% chance of having celiac disease. It is an autoimmune disorder that may or may not have visible symptoms Some physicians recommend

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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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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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Diabetes Health in The News: Junk Food Restrictions Could Lead to Healthier Eating

  Click here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! A new study has found that restricting sugar-sweetened treat and soda purchases could improve American diets, and it is believed that these results could benefit people on government-funded food programs. Over a 12-week trial period, a food assistance program was created for low-income adults. Participants were divided into four groups – some

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Living with Type 2 Diabetes: My Game Plan for Drinking with Diabetes

We’ve all heard how drinking alcohol is not good for diabetics, as alcohol is high in carbs and breaks down into glucose. But let’s face it, avoiding alcohol is easier said than done, especially if you enjoy the rich thick hoppy taste of dark beer with an order of hot wings.  Up until now breweries did not have to show how many calories are in

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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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Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!

The other day, sitting in the shade and scratching my dog’s ears, I thought about some of the surprising developments over the past few in treating and managing type 2 diabetes. By surprising, I mean unexpected, unanticipated, serendipitous things that came out of research labs and hospitals from studies that started focused on one outcome but later were found to have some happy side effects.

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