My Lucky Day: An Offer to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

My eyes went directly to the advertisement, featuring a free gourmet meal and a promise to attendees to “discover the hidden secrets about how to potentially reverse your Type 2 diabetes.”  This was the most exciting thing I’d come across in some time and it was happening at a location near me.  Was this the answer?  I mean, who wants to pass up a free

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AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

Dear Nadia, My fasting blood sugar is 120.  After 30 minutes of playing hockey, it rises to 250. I am 52 years old. Should I continue playing hockey or not? Which exercise should I do to reduce my blood sugar level? Surinder Dear Surinder Only 39% of people with diabetes exercise. Congratulations on being part of the minority. Being active for 150 minutes a week

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: I’m Not Drunk

Several items on the market today will alert others of our medical conditions. Choices range from electronic devices that can be worn on the belt or around the neck, to medical alert bracelets, to paper cards that are carried in a wallet or purse. I vividly remember receiving what has to be the most shocking alert device of all when I was first diagnosed with

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Flashback Friday: How Diabetes Topics in the News Can Start to Feel Like a Game of “Telephone”

A past Wall Street Journal article shows once again how misinformation about diabetes-related topics can be spread by even the most expert journalists. The article, headlined “Eli Lilly to Pay for Right to Sell Diabetes Treatment Outside U.S.,” begins, “Eli Lilly & Co. will pay Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. for the right to sell a controversial diabetes treatment outside of the U.S.” (our italics) The article discusses Lilly purchasing the

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Metformin May Reduce Cancer Death Risk

Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may reduce the risk of dying from some cancers for postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that for women with type 2 diabetes and cancer, the odds of dying from cancer appeared to be 45 percent higher compared to women with cancer who didn’t have diabetes. But, in women with cancer who

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Diabetes Health Type 1: 7 Behaviors You Need to Stop

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 the work of David Reynolds Ph.D. In his book, “Pools

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Diabetes Health Tips for Taming Your Winter Allergies

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 symptoms. “If you experience more than nine days of continuing

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Diabetes Health Type 2 Diabetes: Staying Employed With Diabetes

Sometimes diabetes presents us with issues that can impact a lot more than our health. While most people think about improving their diet and exercise routine to stay healthy, I was motivated to improve my health so that I could stay employed. Being in the military required that I meet certain health standards and being diagnosed with diabetes presented me with a dilemma that I

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AskNadia: Do Opiates Affect People With Type 2 Diabetes

Nadia: Do opioids (painkillers) have a definite effect on people with type 2 diabetes? I’ve read that it makes you fall off the healthy wagon of eating right. But do the pills directly affect the effectiveness of insulin to control and manage blood sugar? Do opiates raise someone’s blood sugar or restrict the full potential of a diabetes pill that the doctor has prescribed?  Fernando

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Under Control Without Meds For 25 Years

When Bonny Damocles was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he asked his doctor if he could try diet and exercise before starting the recommended medications. Granted a reprieve, he immediately began the most grueling workout he could think of: running stairs. Because his export business allowed him to work from his Midland, Michigan home where he served as the primary caregiver for a son with

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