AskNadia: Why Your Diabetes Will Not Be Cured or Reversed

Dear Nadia, I have had Type 2 diabetes for five years. My doctor says if I lose 22 pounds, my diabetes may disappear. What do you think? Roland Dear Roland, Once you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it will not disappear if you lose weight. Some marketing people use the term reverse and cure diabetes while advocating juicing, eating a raw food diet or

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Incorporating Exercise Into His Day Is Key for Daniel Gimple

By Claire Lynch   Daniel Gimple was having a dry mouth and wasn’t sure what was causing it. He stopped at an Urgent Care center after work one day last year and discovered some very high blood sugar levels. An ambulance was called and Daniel was hospitalized for five days.   He didn’t know his complete medical history because he was adopted. After being told

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AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High When Nothing Has Changed?

Dear Nadia, I was diagnosed a type 2 diabetic 14 years ago this month. For the most part, my daily fasting numbers averaged 107 while taking three oral medications (2k Metformin, 3 mg Glimepiride, 50 mg Januvia).  Recently (maybe three weeks) my daily average has hovered around 148. Any ideas? Nothing has changed in my diet or activities. Dr. Charles Dear Dr. Charles: There are

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AskNadia: The History of the Implantable Insulin Pump

Dear Jeff,  I have had diabetes for 28 years and wore two different insulin pumps for a total of 8 years. I quit the insulin pump because of scarring issues that lead to insulin effectiveness issues. Now after many years, I am starting to suffer from the long-term effects of diabetes. The implantable insulin pump could make a difference in my life.  This new technology

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Golfing and Keeping Active Are Key for Paul Flynn

When Paul Flynn was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic at age 53 he was surprised. He had been active all of his life as a Physical Education teacher, as a Health teacher and as a sports coach in a high school. “Looking back, I knew that my father was Type 2,” Paul says. “There can be a genetic component so I wasn’t totally surprised.

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Diabetes Health Type 2: This Man Says That Tennis Helps Him Control Type 2 Diabetes

Emil Backofen didn’t have any relatives with Type 2 diabetes so he wasn’t keenly aware of it. When he was traveling in Europe 29 years ago, he felt very thirsty and didn’t know why. He went from fast food place to fast food place getting some extra-large cold drinks and they still weren’t satisfying his thirst.   It was during a hospitalization on that trip

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Denial Didn’t Work, Taking Action Did

Danielle Batiste-Bond first went to her physician in 2013 complaining of a dry mouth and frequent urination.  Her doctor initially said that she was pre-diabetic but in time her A1C crept up and hit 8.6.   Danielle’s doctor used the words “Type 2” and started her on Metformin but she was in denial about the whole disease. “I didn’t want to hear anything about diabetes,”

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420: Cannabis Observance Day and Diabetes

By Nadia Al-Samarrie If you are unfamiliar with the code language 420, it’s a sub-culture of people who observe and describe themselves as cannabis users on April 20th. Personally, I don’t smoke pot but I do know people with diabetes who claim there are many benefits to cannabis. One subscriber who is an investment banker and has terrible neuropathy has shared that he has tried

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Type 2 Diabetes: Insulin as a First Resort

Here is a trend that could quickly go mainstream in the treatment of many type 2s: Insulin may become a first- rather than a last-resort drug. Traditionally the initial treatment for type 2 is a sulfonylurea and metformin. In most cases, this combination offers good control from increased insulin production (sulfonylurea) and decrease in liver-produced glucose (metformin). Inevitably, though, the drugs’ effectiveness begins to taper

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Diabetes Health: Get More Out of Your Doctor Visit

When you go to the doctor, it is important that you act as a good self-advocate by properly explaining your symptoms. However, since many people do not have medical training, it can sometimes be difficult to convey properly, exactly what we are feeling. This can sometimes result in you leaving your doctor’s office feeling frustrated and misunderstood. Fortunately, by learning how to communicate better, your

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