Diabetes Health Type 1 & Type 2: My Four 4th Of July Tips

The holidays are never an easy time for people with diabetes. Temptations loom everywhere with family and friend invitations to celebrate a national festive day with food and drink, a time when we tend to indulge a bit more than usual. Unfortunately, people with diabetes do not have the luxury of eating whatever they want or as much as they want. Here are a few

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Using the Tandem Insulin Pump Has Helped Keeping Her Blood Sugars in a Good Range

By Claire Lynch At age 19 Michele Cramer went to her doctor afraid that she had a urinary tract infection. The nurse asked her to give a urine sample and they discovered sugar in her urine. She had all of the classic symptoms of Type 1 – fatigue, excessive thirst and frequent UTIs – and after additional testing they determined that’s what it was. Her

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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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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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AskNadia: How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Diabetes

Dear Nadia, I worry about my husband and how alcohol affects his diabetes. He usually has two glasses of wine a night with dinner. Is that too much? Kate Indiana Dear Kate, Alcohol is such a big part of everyday relaxation and celebration for many. From a hard days at work, sport events, birthdays, graduations to weddings. Most people with diabetes can consume alcohol but

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: My Love-Hate Relationship With Food

I love carbohydrates, and sometimes, I hate carbohydrates. I think part of my love/hate relationship with food goes back to the days just before my diagnosis of type 1 as a teenager. At 18 years old, I was suddenly eating everything in sight as the hunger from my high blood sugar, due to undiagnosed diabetes, kicked in.  I lost more and more weight and became

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AskNadia: Fasting High Blood Sugars & The Dawn Phenomenon

Hi Nadia, I have had Type 2 diabetes for ten years and I control it with diet and exercise. My fasting sugar levels are always high. My sugar level will not go down. What do I need to do to bring my fasting blood sugar level down? Thank you, Jack Dear Jack: I am assuming that when you say fasting blood sugar, you mean your

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Stan Bush: Managing Type 2 Diabetes Without Drugs

Stan Bush wasn’t really surprised to find out he had type 2 diabetes. An unhealthy diet that regularly featured containers of ice cream before bed had left him primed for the disease. But how he handled the news was a surprise, at least to his doctor. Fittingly, the Georgia resident was about to embark on a personal empowerment program he called the “F words” (much

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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: Sex and Diabetes: From Her Point of View

I have had type 1 diabetes since the age of ten.  When my husband and I were first married, I had no trouble with my sex drive. After the births of our three children, however, I noticed a big decrease in desire.  I have also had a hysterectomy and have gained 50 pounds since we were first married.  Do you think my weight has something to

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