Type 2 Diabetes: 89 Proves You’re Never Too Old to Take Control

Though she still has a few months to go, Jokie Schwartz has already started planning her 90th birthday party. This year she has extra cause for celebration: Her doctor told her recently that her blood sugar is back in the normal range. “He told me I could eat more sweets than I do now,” says Schwartz, who gave up bread, potatoes, pasta and desserts (except

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AskNadia: Can You Douche With Tea Tree Oil For A Urinary Tract Infection?

Dear Nadia, Is Tea tree oil safe for someone with diabetes to use? Could the oil help to prevent urinary tract infections when used as a cleansing solution after urinating? CB Dear CB: The most common urinary tract infections (UTI) are usually a result of e-Coli contamination. Where wiping from back to front can create an infection in your bladder and urethra. A UTI infection

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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: What People with Type 1 Diabetes Can Learn from Type 2s

Admit it, Type 1s. In weaker moments, you look down your noses at the Type 2 diabetics. You know that their disease can result from poor lifestyle choices. You know that their treatment regimen, compared with yours, is simple. And you’re really tired of folks telling you: “Oh, my grandfather had diabetes, too!” “It’s almost like sibling rivalry,” says diabetes educator and author Constance Brown-Riggs.

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Diabetes Health Type 2: 415-pound Type 2 Diabetic Sheds Weight To Become Fitness Coach

415-pound Type 2 Diabetic Sheds Weight To Become Fitness Coach Matt Toohey had always been on the heavy side, even as a college baseball player. When injuries ended his career after just one season at Herkimer County Community College in New York, he quit working out and buried his frustrations in food. His weight ballooned to 415 pounds. Sitting on the couch one day, Toohey

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AskNadia: Does Coconut Oil Help in Maintaining Good Blood Sugars?

Dear 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 using it as an alternative in cooking. The concern was that the demand for the

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Diabetes Health Type 2: A Nutty Way to Help Control Diabetes

Carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, as well as contribute to weight gain.  A recent study shows that eating two ounces of raw, dry, or roasted nuts daily as a replacement for two ounces of other carbohydrates may control blood sugar levels and cholesterol in type 2 diabetes without packing on the pounds. The study was conducted at St. Michael’s Hospital,

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AskNadia: Insulin Dependent with Hepatitis C Jaundice and Hemochromatosis

My dad has diabetes and takes insulin. Nowadays he has hepatitis c and jaundice but I have observed hyperpigmentation on unexposed areas of skin.  Especially his face. Also, His has mild itching in his arms and bleeding. Is this related to hemochromatosis? Ahmed E.  Dear Ahmed: Your father is lucky to have you as his advocate. His condition sounds complicated for people living with type

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Rising Country Star Inspires Kids

When country singer Ben Rue isn’t on the road, you can sometimes find him working with kids who have type 1 diabetes, sharing stories about overcoming the challenges that come with the disease. “Just today, I got a note from a mom of one of the kids at camp, a 10-year-old who was recently diagnosed,” says Rue, one of four national finalists for this fall’s

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