Dear Nadia, My blood sugar has been hovering around 220 and 240. How do I calculate my A1c? Sam Dear Sam: The term A1c has become the new buzzword for knowing your blood sugar range. Your targeted blood sugar A1c is something that you and your healthcare professional will determine together. Reason being if your … Continue reading AskNadia: How Do I Calculate My A1c from My Blood Sugar Range?
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?
Are you ready for a challenge? Then let’s take a trip together–just me, you, and diabetes. Another travel season is upon us, with all of the challenges and frustrations that it entails for those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It might not simple or easy to manage, but it should be rewarding if … Continue reading 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
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?
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 … Continue reading AskNadia: Why is My Blood Sugar High When Nothing Has Changed?
Hello Nadia, I got your email address from Insulin-Pumpers.org and hoped you can help me with an answer as to the current action of Medicare forcing people to use Humalog instead of NovoLog. Medicare has refused to pay for the NovoLog and I am allergic to Humalog. I was told you might have some useful tips to … Continue reading AskNadia: Allergic to Humalog and Medicare Will Not Pay for NovoLog
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
Rick Bower keeps the he’s given up on in a shoebox beside his bed. The last time he looked, it contained 37 bottles. His current lineup of pills he takes daily, to help control his type 2 diabetes and other health problems such as insomnia, are kept in a separate container. When he loses faith … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Why don’t some diabetes patients take their meds?
It’s human to be afraid. As cave people, we scurried for safety at the slightest provocation- scared of wolves, and tigers, and thunderstorms. Even today, we jump when someone comes up behind us unexpectedly. A certain level of fear is healthy. It keeps us alert and aware of a threatening world. But too much fear, … Continue reading Five Big Diabetes Fears and What to Do About Them
Hello Nadia, I read somewhere that the cardiovascular benefits of one baby aspirin a night only applies to men….is this true? My GP has me taking one baby aspirin at bed time due to my family history of cardiovascular disease (father, deceased of CHF at 65; first heart attack at age 50) although I show … Continue reading AskNadia: Does Taking One Baby Aspirin for Cardiovascular Benefit Men Only?