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: Being Creative and Inspired While Managing Type 2 Diabetes

When Sharon Mirabella was hospitalized nine years ago the physicians ran some blood tests and discovered that her A1C was 6.7. Thirst was the only unusual symptom she had noticed.   Once diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes they started her on some oral medication and she met one on one with a nutritionist.   Her A1C now hovers around 5.6 and Sharon, who is 59,

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AskNadia: Pre-diabetes and How The Glycemic Index Affects My A1C

Dear Nadia:   I am currently on a “pre-diabetic” watch because of excessive thirst and urination. My current A1c is 5.7. My last fasting glucose at eight hours was 106; at 12 hours 93.      After those readings I had a freshly squeezed carrot/apple juice ( two apples, two carrots) drink. An hour later my glucose was 77. I looked a little pale but was

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AskNadia: Accidentally Injected 50 Units of NovoLog Insulin Instead of Lantus

Dear Nadia: I was going to watch a little TV before going to sleep I was wanting to wait up on my husband to get home from work. I grabbed my Lantus and took it in to the bedroom so I wouldn’t forget to take it before falling asleep. After getting all comfy in bed I thought I should just go ahead and take my

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Type 1 & 2 Diabetes: Eight Tips for Super Blood Sugar Control

You’re heard the doctors. You’ve read the articles. You know all about tight control. Ever since the results from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial were published in 1993, everyone has known that reducing A1C levels staves off complications and keeps us healthy longer. We know this. And we’ve listened. But many type 1s–and even type 2s who aggressively manage their illness–suspect that they could

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Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments Are A Far-Reaching Problem

There are 26 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, including about 7 million who are undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Millions more have pre-diabetes, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels and can reduce their risks of developing diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. “Products that promise an easy fix might be alluring,

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Paying Medicaid Enrollees To Get Checkups, Quit Smoking and Lose Weight: Will It Pay Off?

By Phil Galewitz When Bruce Hodgins went to the doctor for a checkup in Sioux City, Iowa, he was asked to complete a lengthy survey to gauge his health risks. In return for filling it out, he saved a $10 monthly premium for his Medicaid coverage. In Las Cruces, N.M., Isabel Juarez had her eyes tested, her teeth cleaned and recorded how many steps she

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The Young and the Reckless

I’m about to tell you a secret that I’ve kept for 15 years.  I know that we all make mistakes with our diabetes, but the one I made back then was literally a wake-up call.  While I cringe at telling this unflattering story, I hope that it will help others realize how scary things can get quickly if you ignore your diabetes. Thankfully, the scenario

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