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
Nadia: Do opioids (painkillers) have a definite effect on people with type 2 diabetes? I’ve read that it makes you fall off the healthy wagon of eating right. But do the pills directly affect the effectiveness of insulin to control and manage blood sugar? Do opiates raise someone’s blood sugar or restrict the full potential … Continue reading AskNadia: Do Opiates Affect People With Type 2 Diabetes
Dear Nadia, My son was diagnosed with T1 when he was eight years old. He has been living in Saudi Arabia and getting excellent medical care from the time of his diagnosis. He started using an insulin pump at the age of 9. He is now going to Pomona, California and enrolling in intensive English … Continue reading AskNadia: Type 1 Son Coming from Saudi Arabia to America
Dear Nadia: I have had type-2 diabetes for more than ten years. I was first enthusiastic about lancing to see my blood sugar levels, but this dropped off. My doctor checked blood fasting levels about every three months. Then, she retired. My new doctor is a proponent of A1C testing over lancing. I recently … Continue reading AskNadia: Is The FreeStyle Libre CGM Sensor As Accurate as Finger Pricking Blood Glucose Monitors?
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 … Continue reading Ask Nadia: Is Coconut Oil Good For Maintaining Blood Sugar
Dear Nadia, I bought the Walgreens blood glucose test meter True Metrix, made by Trividia Health. In the box was a package of lancelets that contained long needles, medium length needles, and short needles. I have learned that lancet needles ranged from 28 gauge to 30 gauge, and the length range was between 2.8 mm to 3.2 … Continue reading AskNadia: My Walgreen’s True Metrix Lancet Gauge
Dear Nadia, My blood sugar numbers are all over the place? They range from 126 on the low end to 422 on the high end. George Dear George: It natural for blood sugar tests to vary. Ideally, you want to be in the normal range. If your higher reading is an isolated situation, the meter … Continue reading AskNadia: False Blood Glucose Readings and How They Relate to Your Glucose Test Strips
My great niece was diagnosed three years ago with diabetes she is now 13. She gives herself seven shots a day. Her sugar fluctuates so much that my niece seriously wants to get her a therapy dog. The problem is she is a single mom with two other children trying to put herself through college … Continue reading AskNadia: Should I get A Therapy Dog Because My Great Niece’s Fluctuating Blood Sugars?
Dear Nadia, My blood sugar has been hovering around 220 and 240. How do I calculate my A1c? Sam Dear Sam: The term A1c has become the new buzzword for knowing your blood sugar range. Your targeted blood sugar A1c is something that you and your healthcare professional will determine together. Reason being if your … Continue reading AskNadia: How Do I Calculate My A1c from My Blood Sugar Range?
Dear Nadia, I heard washing packaged store bought chicken, and other raw meats are unsafe before cooking. SK Sacramento CA Dear SK, I was trained to wash all the foods we consumed before cooking them. But, according to the FDA, uncooked chicken, red meat and seafood should not be washed before cooking. However, whole fruits … Continue reading AskNadia: Why You Should Not Wash Chicken Before Cooking it