AskNadia: Why Can’t a Type 1 Women with Diabetes Adopt A Child

Dear Nadia, I would like to know what the #1 reason for why women with well controlled type 1 diabetes, in good control for 20 years, cannot adopt.  Patricia Dear Patricia, There are many reason why a person’s application will be rejected for adoption.  Some of the reasons are traditional while others are in place for the child’s safety. Adoption agencies and foreign adoptions have

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Ask Nadia: Celiac Disease Test

“I was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was wondering if I should be tested for celiac disease? Dave Madison Wisconsin Hello Dave, It estimated that 1% of the population has celiac disease. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you have an 8% chance of having celiac disease. It is an autoimmune disorder that may or may not have visible symptoms Some physicians recommend

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Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!

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 but later were found to have some happy side effects.

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AskNadia: Scared to Fly Airplanes After My Glaucoma Surgery

Dear Nadia, I am a type 2 diabetic with glaucoma from my diabetes. My Doctor tells me it is OK to fly on airplanes after my surgery. But, I am scared something might happen. Beth Dear Beth, Being diagnosed with glaucoma means that the fluids in your eyes were not draining properly which could be a result of high blood sugars. People with diabetes are

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Two Hundred Pound Loss Helps Phillip Get Off of Insulin and Metformin

How did Phillip Brenneman lose 200 pounds and get off insulin, metformin and his cholesterol and blood pressure medications? The Garrett, Ind., man says he did it literally one step at a time. And in the beginning, even that was more than he could manage. Brenneman’s first attempts at exercise took place in his chair at home. Arm circles and leg lifts were  all he

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AskNadia: Can I Use Marijuana to Lower My Blood Sugar

Dear Nadia, Is marijuana used to lower high blood sugar? if so, does this mean I have to refrain from the munchies to get the benefits? Leah Dear Leah: The new Marijuana industry is still at its infancy in terms of its medicinal applications. Institutional investors are flocking at financial conferences to see how they can benefit from investing in this up and coming industry.

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AskNadia: Where to Buy Viagra from a Canadian Mail Order Pharmacy

Dear Nadia, My diabetic husband wants to buy Viagra from a Canadian pharmacy to save money. Which mail order pharmacy do you recommend? Becky Dear Becky: For men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), Pfizer’s introduction of Viagra in 1998 was a relief. However, this medication comes with a high price tag, and most insurance companies do not cover it as a prescription item; limiting its

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Diabetes Health Flashback from the First Ever Diabetes Blogger: It All Started With Tingling Fingers

About a month ago I was driving to Santa Cruz and noticed a tingling in my fingers. It got worse when I put my hands up on the steering wheel and better when I rested them on the bottom. During this two-hour drive, it was a struggle to keep my fingers from falling asleep. Soon after, I began to wake up often during the night,

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AskNadia: What’s Your Exercise Story

Dear Nadia: I know I need to exercise because of my diabetes, but I just can’t get motivated to get going.  Any tips on how to get started? Katherine, De Moines Iowa Dear Katherine, People with and without diabetes face the same challenge, in staying motivated to exercise on a regular basis. My advice? Try to find something that fits into your everyday life. This

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