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
I love carbohydrates, and sometimes, I hate carbohydrates. I think part of my love/hate relationship with food goes back to the days just before my diagnosis of type 1 as a teenager. At 18 years old, I was suddenly eating everything in sight as the hunger from my high blood sugar, due to undiagnosed diabetes, … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: My Love-Hate Relationship With Food
Have you ever stopped to compare the carbohydrate content of “sugar-free” products to regular sugared products? If you haven’t, you might be in for a surprise. While the word “sugar-free” sounds good and in-line with what we should be eating, I’ve found that words and numbers don’t always match. Many sugar-free products contain a sugar … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: What’s The Deal With Sugar-Free?
Jeff O’Connell is the author of “Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It.” I discovered his book while browsing the shelves of my local library, and I could hardly put it down. Though I have type I diabetes and O’Connell’s book focuses on type 2, I … Continue reading Is It Possible to Tame Type 2 Diabetes?
Dear Nadia, I’m a type 2 diabetic and have lost over 30 pounds in the last two years. I am on medication and insulin and would like to get off of them, but my A1c is at 12. I eat right and exercise (haven’t been for the last two months like I should) What am I doing … Continue reading AskNadia: How Can I Get off My Medications When My A1c is 12?
It’s not pretty. We had an argument the other night about gluten. It was over a BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) sandwich dinner that we wanted to make. I was going to have my BLT on gluten free bread. Instead of having BLTs, we skipped dinner altogether after our tiff. I live with Type 1 diabetes … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: Fighting About Food
Oh diabetes, this is not a good time! It’s never a good time for a diabetes tantrum, but when I’m at work, I don’t have time to play games. I have had diabetes for over 21 years, and it’s rarely ever kept me from being able to do my job. The other day, I had … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: You Can Have Your Cake and Go Low Too
Living with type 1 diabetes means that you have a different relationship with food than other people. You live your life in between the demanding rituals that happen multiple times a day; before and after a meal or any type of snack. When I look down at my plate I don’t just see the food … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: The Stress of Type 1 Often Leads to Diabulimia
Dear Nadia: Why do my BG’s run high when I hike in higher altitudes? RU Dear RU: When you exercise in elevations your body is accustomed to, chances are you have a good idea of how your blood sugar will respond. Hyperglycemia Exercising in high altitudes such as hiking generally, reduces your oxygen intake and … Continue reading AskNadia: Why High Altitudes Will Give You High Blood Sugars
Dear Nadia, My wife has been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and I worry about her because she does not always take her insulin. She is trim and seems fine but how can it be OK to skip taking your insulin? JM Dear JM: If your wife is on a CGM and is … Continue reading AskNadia: My Wife is A Type 1 Diabetic Who Skips Taking Her Insulin