AskNadia: High & Low Blood Sugars After Giving Birth

Dear Nadia: I’m having a lot of lows and highs that I can’t control. I just had a baby a little over 6 weeks ago and am wondering if that could be reason. Maribeth Dear Maribeth: The blood sugar fluctuations you are experiencing aren’t at all uncommon. Many new mothers experience blood glucose fluctuations. Your hormones could be all over the place, you’ve just finished

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AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

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 of the minority. Being active for 150 minutes a week

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: I’m Not Drunk

Several items on the market today will alert others of our medical conditions. Choices range from electronic devices that can be worn on the belt or around the neck, to medical alert bracelets, to paper cards that are carried in a wallet or purse. I vividly remember receiving what has to be the most shocking alert device of all when I was first diagnosed with

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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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AskNadia: Substituting Lantus Insulin for Levemir Insulin

Dear Nadia, I would like to know, if I normally use Levemir pen insulin, and I run out before my health insurance kicks in, can I use Lantus insulin until I can get coverage for my Levemir ? Rita U Dear Rita, Levemir and Lantus are similar insulins.  Our advisory board member Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP MSN MPH RN GNP BC-ADM CDE CDTC suggests that

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Newer Drugs Help to Reduce Hypoglycemia and Cardiovascular Event Risks in Diabetes

Researchers have discovered that newer antihyperglycemic drugs with a reduced risk of causing hypoglycemia might also benefit heart health among patients with type 2 diabetes. Studies have determined that these agents could reduce major adverse cardiovascular event risk. This study involved a review of 10 control trials including 92,400 people with type 2 diabetes. The analysis was done to compare the efficiency and safety of

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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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AskNadia: Type 1 Wondering If Her Daughter Should Participate in The Trial Net Study

Dear Nadia, What are your thoughts on Trial Net? I am a 33-year-old with Type 1 who was diagnosed a year and a half ago. I have a 4-year-old daughter, and I’m always worried she’s going to get it too. Whenever she shows any symptoms, I panic and check her blood sugar (without worrying her or telling her what I’m doing). My diabetic nurse counselor

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Diabetes Health Type 2: The Hypoglycemia That Isn’t There

In the past few years, endocrinologists have recommended easing up on tightly controlled type 2 patients, especially among older people. Much of that advice is an outcome of the ACCORD study from the early 2000s which showed—to the chagrin of almost everybody who either treats or has diabetes—that too tight control over blood glucose levels increased the chance of cardiovascular problems.* For many of us

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