AskNadia: Substituting Lantus Insulin for Levemir Insulin

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, DNP MSN MPH RN GNP BC-ADM CDE CDTC suggests that

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AskNadia: My Walgreen’s True Metrix Lancet Gauge

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 mm. No one has been able to tell me when each

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AskNadia: How Do I Calculate My A1c from My Blood Sugar Range?

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 blood sugars are hovering around 220 with an A1c of

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AskNadia: I Need Free or Inexpensive Insulin

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 a CGM or insulin pump may be like reaching for

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Diabetes Health Type 1: I Owe What?

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 I don’t usually get that lucky. It’s more of an

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AskNadia: Type 1 Wondering If Her Daughter Should Participate in The Trial Net Study

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 or telling her what I’m doing). My diabetic nurse counselor

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Diabetes Health Type 1: These Simple Tips Helped Me Lose Weight

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 22lb weight loss, and they all want to know how

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AskNadia: Does Coconut Oil Help in Maintaining Good Blood Sugars?

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 in cooking. The concern was that the demand for the

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AskNadia: Insulin Dependent with Hepatitis C Jaundice and Hemochromatosis

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 advocate. His condition sounds complicated for people living with type

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