Type 2 Diabetes: What’s The Deal With Sugar-Free?

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 alcohol that consists of Malitol® and Sorbitol®, sugar substitutes. While

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AskNadia: Is The FreeStyle Libre CGM Sensor As Accurate as Finger Pricking Blood Glucose Monitors?

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 was referred to an endocrinologist who put me on the

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Diabetes Health in The News: Junk Food Restrictions Could Lead to Healthier Eating

  Click here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! A new study has found that restricting sugar-sweetened treat and soda purchases could improve American diets, and it is believed that these results could benefit people on government-funded food programs. Over a 12-week trial period, a food assistance program was created for low-income adults. Participants were divided into four groups – some

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Timing of First Solid Food Intake Linked to T1 Risk

New parents might not want to rush the introduction of solid food into their baby’s diet. That’s not to say they want to put it off, either. According to the results of a study, babies who ate their first solid food either before four months or after six months of age were more likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who were exposed to

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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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AskNadia: Can You Douche With Tea Tree Oil For A Urinary Tract Infection?

Dear Nadia, Is Tea tree oil safe for someone with diabetes to use? Could the oil help to prevent urinary tract infections when used as a cleansing solution after urinating? CB Dear CB: The most common urinary tract infections (UTI) are usually a result of e-Coli contamination. Where wiping from back to front can create an infection in your bladder and urethra. A UTI infection

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Low protein diet may not maintain muscles

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 less protein don’t break down protein into useable amino acids

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AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High When Nothing Has Changed?

Dear Nadia, I was diagnosed a type 2 diabetic 14 years ago this month. For the most part, my daily fasting numbers averaged 107 while taking three oral medications (2k Metformin, 3 mg Glimepiride, 50 mg Januvia).  Recently (maybe three weeks) my daily average has hovered around 148. Any ideas? Nothing has changed in my diet or activities. Dr. Charles Dear Dr. Charles: There are

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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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