Dear Nadia, I bought the Walgreens blood glucose test meter True Metrix, made by Trividia Health. In the box was a package of lancelets that contained long needles, medium length needles, and short needles. I have learned that lancet needles ranged from 28 gauge to 30 gauge, and the length range was between 2.8 mm to 3.2 … Continue reading AskNadia: My Walgreen’s True Metrix Lancet Gauge
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?
I receive many emails from people asking me to help them get access to insulin. This column is for you, the person and family member who has reached out to me for help in gaining access to free or affordable insulin. Dear PWD: Unfortunately, not everyone has access to good health insurance. For some, having … Continue reading AskNadia: I Need Free or Inexpensive Insulin
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, 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 … Continue reading AskNadia: Type 1 Wondering If Her Daughter Should Participate in The Trial Net Study
People keep asking me questions about my weight. “Whose diet are you doing?” my co-workers inquired. “Wow, you lost weight. I really like the new you” said a customer at work. “You look great. I don’t think you need to lose any more weight” remarked a sweet friend. It seems that people have noticed my … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: These Simple Tips Helped Me Lose Weight
Dear Nadia, I’ve heard that coconut oil is good for maintaining blood sugar. Is this true, or did I misunderstand? Debbie San Diego Ca Dear Debbie: In the past, the benefits of coconut oil were considered controversial because some felt there was not enough evidence-based research to support the benefits of using it as an alternative … Continue reading AskNadia: Does Coconut Oil Help in Maintaining Good Blood Sugars?
My dad has diabetes and takes insulin. Nowadays he has hepatitis c and jaundice but I have observed hyperpigmentation on unexposed areas of skin. Especially his face. Also, His has mild itching in his arms and bleeding. Is this related to hemochromatosis? Ahmed E. Dear Ahmed: Your father is lucky to have you as his … Continue reading AskNadia: Insulin Dependent with Hepatitis C Jaundice and Hemochromatosis
Oh diabetes, this is not a good time! It’s never a good time for a diabetes tantrum, but when I’m at work, I don’t have time to play games. I have had diabetes for over 21 years, and it’s rarely ever kept me from being able to do my job. The other day, I had … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: You Can Have Your Cake and Go Low Too
Dear Nadia, How do I find a type 1 insulin support group near me? I am in an online group but it would helpful to be part of a live insulin pump support group with monthly meetings. I am in the Atlanta, GA area about 30 miles outside the city. Please help. Sandy Dear Sandy: … Continue reading AskNadia: How Do I Find an Insulin Pump Support Group in My Area?