All posts by Nadia Al-Samarrie

Nadia Al-Samarrie, Founder-Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health magazine, has selflessly dedicated her career to educating and informing patients and healthcare professionals for over 25 years. As one of the country’s most passionate diabetes advocates, Nadia has worked tirelessly to try and ensure that diabetes patients receive the support and education they need in order to properly manage their diabetes.

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 … Continue reading AskNadia: How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Diabetes

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 … Continue reading AskNadia: Need Printed Insulin Pump Manual

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, … Continue reading Ask Nadia: When to Tell Someone You Have Diabetes

AskNadia: My Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Me Enough Insulin

Dear Nadia: I use an insulin pump, and since we have changed insurance plans, I have a new Doctor, who will not give me enough insulin to last me a month. I have told him that I run out of insulin every month. Andrew Sacramento Ca Dear Andrew: That is outrageous. Is your physician an … Continue reading AskNadia: My Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Me Enough Insulin

AskNadia: Afrezza’s Inhaled Insulin- One Solution to High Insulin Prices?

Click here to Listen to Nadia’s Podcast Interview With Michael Castagna, Chief Executive Officer of MannKind I have received many questions about insulin costs. The most common concern? The price of insulin and long-term affordability. Just recently I read an article online by NPR about a young man who phased out of his mother’s health … Continue reading AskNadia: Afrezza’s Inhaled Insulin- One Solution to High Insulin Prices?

In The Trenches With Diabetes Dad:2018, The Year People Died Because of PURE Greed

There was a chill in the air as 2018 nervously tapped one leg than the other.  Every other year had to wait outside and 2018 was sure it was planned to be made to wait until the Boss came in. The Boss came in out of breath and stood behind the desk, red-faced and staring … Continue reading In The Trenches With Diabetes Dad:2018, The Year People Died Because of PURE Greed

AskNadia: Brown Sugar Substitute for Diabetes?

I am a type 2 diabetic.  My meds are Jardiance, metformin, and Victoza.  My breakfast is two pieces of whole wheat toast with sugar-reduced jam, and oatmeal with brown sugar.  I think the brown sugar makes my blood sugar spike (I use the Freestyle Libre to monitor sugar levels, and after breakfast, it goes from … Continue reading AskNadia: Brown Sugar Substitute for Diabetes?

Diabetes Health Type 1 & Type 2: Are You in?

If you frequent my site, then health is on the top of your list. Like me, you could be looking for inspiration or tips on how to manage your blood sugars, lose weight, fit exercise in or reach your A1c target. Every year I ask myself, how can I become the person I want to … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1 & Type 2: Are You in?

AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

Dear Nadia, My fasting blood sugar is 120.  After 30 minutes of playing hockey, it rises to 250. I am 52 years old. Should I continue playing hockey or not? Which exercise should I do to reduce my blood sugar level? Surinder Dear Surinder Only 39% of people with diabetes exercise. Congratulations on being part … Continue reading AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

Ask Nadia: Celiac Disease Test

“I was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was wondering if I should be tested for celiac disease? Dave Madison Wisconsin Hello Dave, It estimated that 1% of the population has celiac disease. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you have an 8% chance of having celiac disease. It is an autoimmune disorder that … Continue reading Ask Nadia: Celiac Disease Test