Type 1 & 2 Diabetes: Five Simple Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes can seem complicated and overwhelming, full of charts and devices and concerned-looking medical professionals. There’s talk of hormones and endocrine systems, of obscure organizations and dietary plans. It all comes down to this: What it’s really about-the one, single thing it’s about-is lowering that sky-high blood sugar number. That’s it. Everything follows from getting that blood sugar number down. It doesn’t matter how you

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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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Thai-Style Curry Beef & Pasta

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes 1box Dreamfields Spaghetti 1pound boneless beef top sirloin steak, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick 2cloves garlic, minced 2tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided 3cups broccoli florets 1medium bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch thick strips 1medium onion, cut into 8 wedges 2 to 3teaspoons minced fresh ginger 1serrano or other hot chili pepper, minced 1can (14 ounces)

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Parenting Style Impacts Control in Children

As a dad, do you tend to be authoritative and have high expectations of your child’s self control? Do you set clear limits and command respect, without bulldozing him or her? If so, you may be helping your child with type 1 diabetes stick to his or her treatment regimen. According to a recent study at the Israel Diabetes Center  of the Schneider Children’s Medical

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AskNadia: Why Medicare Covers Some Insulin Pumps

I was thinking about getting an insulin pump, but I am worried that Medicare will not cover it. Why does Medicare cover insulin pumps for some people and not for others? Barbara Florida Dear Barbara, Insulin pumps are covered under Medicare if you meet their insulin pump management criteria, insulin antibody test or C-Peptide test. If you are thinking about getting an insulin pump, this

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AskNadia: Prilosec and Kidney Disease

Dear Nadia, Does the medication Prilosec cause Kidney failure? Jim E Tennessee Dear Jim, Prilosec is prescribed to individuals who experience frequent acid build up in their stomach; where food or liquid in the stomach cause discomfort in the digestive tract. The increased production of acid in the stomach causes indigestion, heartburn, belching bloating and nausea. Fatty, greasy and spicy foods, alcohol, coffee and eating

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AskNadia: Need Printed Insulin Pump Manual

I want to get a replacement manual for my daughter’s insulin pump. I don’t want an on-line version. I want the paper booklet. Karen South Hamilton MA Hello Karen, You can call the insulin pump company directly at their 800 number and request a manual to be mailed to you. I have listed all the phone numbers and their links as a reference source for

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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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Francisco Zepeda’s Dog Helps Him Manage His Type 2 Diabetes

Francisco Zepeda is a 54-year-old native of El Salvador who owns an insurance agency in San Francisco.  Type 2 diabetes runs in his family. He says, “My grandmother lived with diabetes for about 30 years, and my father has it as well. I heard about diabetes all that time, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me. And I still hope

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