Ask Nadia: High Blood Sugars and Symlin

Ask Nadia I have diabetes and am having trouble with high blood sugars.  I am thinking about asking my Doctor to put me on Symlin. Andrew Madison WI Dear Andrew, Symlin is a brand name for the hormone Amylin.  Amylin is a  hormone produced in your pancreas from the same beta cells that also make insulin.  It’s released into your blood stream after a meal

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Diabetes Health in the News: Genetic Hyperglycemia Tied to Increased Coronary Artery Disease Risk

Research has found that a genetic predisposition for hyperglycemia increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease. This is independent of certain coronary artery disease risk factors like type 2 diabetes. The study was completed at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers performed a randomized analysis using data from studies on coronary artery disease and fasting glucose. It was found

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Type 2 Diabetes: All is Well With the Toenails

We all know that diabetes wreaks havoc on our bodies from our head to toe. Yet it is often our toes, the toenails in particular, that show the tale-tale sign of being a diabetic. Symptoms can include brittle, cracked, thickened, or discolored toenails. I am sure that doctors and diabetic counselors would be quick to tell you not to go barefoot and to take care

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Is Red Wine Divine for Diabetes?

We’ve all heard that diabetics should stay away from alcohol. The reasoning is that alcohol breaks down into glucose which our bodies have a hard time metabolizing.   Yet most of us have heard about the benefits of eating blueberries and red grapes. So one day I started wondering if there were any benefits to drinking red wine. If eating blueberries and grapes are beneficial in

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Type 2 Diabetes: Motts® isn’t just for Tots

Parents of infants and toddlers may be familiar with Motts for Tots® apple juice because of its low sugar content. Motts touts its toddler specific apple juice as “the perfect first juice for your little one” and notes that Motts for Tots® has 40% less sugar than its standard apple juice. The thinking is that less sugar helps promote healthy tooth development. I am of

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Diabetes Health in The News: Strength Training is the Best Workout for Women

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/DH-Jan-25-_-2017_-7_19_22-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadClick here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise identified strength training as one of the best workouts for women. Strength training has been shown to significantly lower the risk for both cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Researchers followed approximately 36,000 women between the

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Managing Diabetes & My Day Job

There are no vacations or even lunch breaks from diabetes. In addition to my day job, it can be overwhelming and frustrating. Diabetes often seems like a full-time job on top of my actual full-time employment. The other day I had to knock back a Watermelon Quick Sticks glucose packet while riding to a work function with my assistant. I didn’t want to admit I was in danger of

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