We’ve all heard how drinking alcohol is not good for diabetics, as alcohol is high in carbs and breaks down into glucose. But let’s face it, avoiding alcohol is easier said than done, especially if you enjoy the rich thick hoppy taste of dark beer with an order of hot wings. Up until now breweries … Continue reading Living with Type 2 Diabetes: My Game Plan for Drinking with Diabetes
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
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 … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: The Knock Out Boxer
Diabetes supplies – somehow picking them up from the pharmacy is always exciting, never dull. Here’s the thing, we wish it were dull when it came to paying for these supplies. I’d like to yawn from the utter lack of excitement when I pick up my insulin, test strips, and syringes. I’d love to, but … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: I Owe What?
By Brenda Neugent A new study suggests that eating enough protein is as important as limiting carbs for those with type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that insulin resistance not only impacts the body’s ability to use blood glucose; it also impacts protein metabolism. Canadian researchers recently found that those with type 2 who eat … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Low protein diet may not maintain muscles
People keep asking me questions about my weight. “Whose diet are you doing?” my co-workers inquired. “Wow, you lost weight. I really like the new you” said a customer at work. “You look great. I don’t think you need to lose any more weight” remarked a sweet friend. It seems that people have noticed my … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: These Simple Tips Helped Me Lose Weight
The other day, sitting in the shade and scratching my dog’s ears, I thought about some of the surprising developments over the past few in treating and managing type 2 diabetes. By surprising, I mean unexpected, unanticipated, serendipitous things that came out of research labs and hospitals from studies that started focused on one outcome … Continue reading Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!
My dad has diabetes and takes insulin. Nowadays he has hepatitis c and jaundice but I have observed hyperpigmentation on unexposed areas of skin. Especially his face. Also, His has mild itching in his arms and bleeding. Is this related to hemochromatosis? Ahmed E. Dear Ahmed: Your father is lucky to have you as his … Continue reading AskNadia: Insulin Dependent with Hepatitis C Jaundice and Hemochromatosis
Research has found that a genetic predisposition for hyperglycemia increases the risk of developing coronary artery disease. This is independent of certain coronary artery disease risk factors like type 2 diabetes. The study was completed at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers performed a randomized analysis using data from studies … Continue reading Diabetes Health in the News: Genetic Hyperglycemia Tied to Increased Coronary Artery Disease Risk
It was nearly two decades ago. I was driving my Ford Mustang late one night when I spotted flashing red and blue lights behind me. I quickly pulled over and waited for the officer. A female police officer appeared and commented that I “must be in a big hurry to get somewhere”. She was gruff … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: I Know Better