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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Type 2 Diabetes: Insulin as a First Resort

Here is a trend that could quickly go mainstream in the treatment of many type 2s: Insulin may become a first- rather than a last-resort drug. Traditionally the initial treatment for type 2 is a sulfonylurea and metformin. In most cases, this combination offers good control from increased insulin production (sulfonylurea) and decrease in liver-produced glucose (metformin). Inevitably, though, the drugs’ effectiveness begins to taper

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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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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 may or may not have visible symptoms Some physicians recommend

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Diabetes Health Tips for Taming Your Winter Allergies

By  Joan Lehach, MD As frigid temperatures and unusually snowy conditions over much of the nation continue to keep many Americans indoors, a veteran allergy expert reminds us that staying inside may keep us warm, but also gives us prolonged exposure to four powerful indoor allergens capable of triggering a variety of cold and flu-like symptoms. “If you experience more than nine days of continuing

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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: The Knock Out Boxer

My diabetic educator fired up a video of professional athletes enjoying their chosen sport. A cyclist whizzed down mountainous trails in California with an insulin pump mounted on his hip. A swimmer dove into a pool and came up just long enough to start a perfect breast stroke. These were supposed to be my new heroes. We now shared a bond. I was nearing the

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AskNadia: I Drink Soda to Keep My Blood Sugar Up at Work

Dear Nadia, I have been a type 1 diabetic for 13 years. I work in construction, and it’s a physically demanding job. I am having trouble keeping my blood sugars up while working. It goes down fast so I drink soda to get my blood sugars up, but it won’t stay up long even though I drink two to three which aren’t good either.  I

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Type 2 Diabetes: 89 Proves You’re Never Too Old to Take Control

Though she still has a few months to go, Jokie Schwartz has already started planning her 90th birthday party. This year she has extra cause for celebration: Her doctor told her recently that her blood sugar is back in the normal range. “He told me I could eat more sweets than I do now,” says Schwartz, who gave up bread, potatoes, pasta and desserts (except

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Diabetes Health Type 1: What People with Type 1 Diabetes Can Learn from Type 2s

Admit it, Type 1s. In weaker moments, you look down your noses at the Type 2 diabetics. You know that their disease can result from poor lifestyle choices. You know that their treatment regimen, compared with yours, is simple. And you’re really tired of folks telling you: “Oh, my grandfather had diabetes, too!” “It’s almost like sibling rivalry,” says diabetes educator and author Constance Brown-Riggs.

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