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
By Joan Lehach, MD As frigid temperatures and unusually snowy conditions over much of the nation continue to keep many Americans indoors, a veteran allergy expert reminds us that staying inside may keep us warm, but also gives us prolonged exposure to four powerful indoor allergens capable of triggering a variety of cold and flu-like … Continue reading Diabetes Health Tips for Taming Your Winter Allergies
Dear Nadia, My son was diagnosed with T1 when he was eight years old. He has been living in Saudi Arabia and getting excellent medical care from the time of his diagnosis. He started using an insulin pump at the age of 9. He is now going to Pomona, California and enrolling in intensive English … Continue reading AskNadia: Type 1 Son Coming from Saudi Arabia to America
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!
Today, 20 million more Americans have insurance because of the ACA, bringing our uninsured rate to an all-time low. Since the ACA was enacted, health care prices have been rising at the slowest rate in five decades. And with new protections and benefits, everyone’s insurance provides preventive services at no extra cost, can’t cap coverage, … Continue reading Diabetes Health: Making Healthcare Work Better For Everyone
Dear Diabetes Health, I’m 26 years old and engaged to a woman I’ve known since college. We live together, love each other, and have good sex, but now I’m having doubts. A year ago, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She started taking insulin, and it has been rough. Four times now she has … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: Nervous Fiancé
Dealing with my new mail order pharmacy has been a rollercoaster ride. I’ve been lied to, spoken to by people using grand amounts of sarcasm, and had issue after issue with their odd billing practices. The other day I had a conversation that left me in tears. I called to check on some insulin that … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: An Emotional Interaction with My Mail Order Pharmacy
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 … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Timing of First Solid Food Intake Linked to T1 Risk
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?
I have had type 1 diabetes since the age of ten. When my husband and I were first married, I had no trouble with my sex drive. After the births of our three children, however, I noticed a big decrease in desire. I have also had a hysterectomy and have gained 50 pounds since we were … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: Sex and Diabetes: From Her Point of View