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 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 in The News Podcast: FDA Approves Novo Nordisk’s Type 2 Diabetes Drug for Young Patients

Click above to listen!   There’s a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes that may be perfect for children. The FDA has recently approved Victoza injections as a treatment option to help lower blood sugar in children and adolescents ages 10-17. Designed to be used alongside exercise and diet, Victoza has been on the market since 2010 but was approved specifically for younger patients this

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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: 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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Diabetes Health in The News: Self-Management Needed & Low-Carb

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Aug-20_-2015_-1_18_36-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | Download Click here to listen to the audio version of  Diabetes Health In The News Experts Say Diabetes Self-Management Requires Better Education At the recent American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference, two presenters explained the importance of providing diabetes patients with better education on how to manage their condition. While patients as a whole have gotten better at controlling

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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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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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Diabetes Health Type 2: Diabetes Diagnosis Forces Dance Champion to Focus on Health

Tony New was an eight-time country western dance champion before he lost his day job in 2012, starting a downward spiral that ultimately cost him the thing he loves most. “Losing the job meant less money, which meant fewer competitions, which meant less incentive to keep practicing, which meant increasing weight gain,” says the 52-year-old Texan. By summer 2014, weighing an all-time high of 332

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