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 … Continue reading AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey
Diabetes self-care is much more fun when I’m happy. It’s so much easier when I have a smile on my face. For a long time I thought negative emotions could be controlled or denied. I thought I could just put on a smile, and they would go away. But they didn’t. Then I ran across … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: 7 Behaviors You Need to Stop
Dear Nadia, Is the new inhalable insulin for people with type1 or type 2 diabetes? Susan Kenosha WI Dear Susan, The new Afrezza insulin is for people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It’s a powdered insulin that penetrates the deep lung tissue. Physicians recommend that you take this rapid acting insulin before … Continue reading AskNadia: Inhalable Insulin
You know the feeling when everything seems to be going wrong, and you are becoming more and more pessimistic by the second? I used to feel that way whenever I refilled my medications. I’d find myself bracing for the total and holding back tears when I thought about how much it costs to stay alive … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: Something Went Right With My Medication Refill!
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 … Continue reading AskNadia: Is The FreeStyle Libre CGM Sensor As Accurate as Finger Pricking Blood Glucose Monitors?
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, … Continue reading AskNadia: Substituting Lantus Insulin for Levemir Insulin
It all began with Regular and NPH. One of them was clear. The other was cloudy. One of them was short-acting. The other was long-acting. That was the entire landscape of insolence when I was introduced to them as an eight-year-old. I will give myself injections of the Regular insulin two times a day — … Continue reading Diabetes evolutions: The insulin vial
My great niece was diagnosed three years ago with diabetes she is now 13. She gives herself seven shots a day. Her sugar fluctuates so much that my niece seriously wants to get her a therapy dog. The problem is she is a single mom with two other children trying to put herself through college … Continue reading AskNadia: Should I get A Therapy Dog Because My Great Niece’s Fluctuating Blood Sugars?
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?
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 … Continue reading AskNadia: I Drink Soda to Keep My Blood Sugar Up at Work