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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AskNadia: Struggling With Type 2 Diabetes and My A1C

Dear Nadia, I am struggling with type 2 diabetes and a high A1C. Eliza H P.S. I appreciate all that you share with us. Dear Eliza, Managing Type 2 diabetes can be an overwhelming task. If you are struggling with high blood sugars and getting your A1C in check, it could be that you are feeling discouraged, impatient, depressed or feeling alone. Being Discouraged and

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Stan Bush: Managing Type 2 Diabetes Without Drugs

Stan Bush wasn’t really surprised to find out he had type 2 diabetes. An unhealthy diet that regularly featured containers of ice cream before bed had left him primed for the disease. But how he handled the news was a surprise, at least to his doctor. Fittingly, the Georgia resident was about to embark on a personal empowerment program he called the “F words” (much

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Agree to Disagree on Your Diabetes

We all like to think that doctors know best when it comes to diabetes. However, I’ve learned that doctors don’t always agree when it comes to self management. For instance, when I was first diagnosed with diabetes, the doctor told me that an acceptable fasting glucose reading is between 90 and 110. Later, another doctor told me that an acceptable reading was between 90 and

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AskNadia: Pre-diabetes and How The Glycemic Index Affects My A1C

Dear Nadia:   I am currently on a “pre-diabetic” watch because of excessive thirst and urination. My current A1c is 5.7. My last fasting glucose at eight hours was 106; at 12 hours 93.      After those readings I had a freshly squeezed carrot/apple juice ( two apples, two carrots) drink. An hour later my glucose was 77. I looked a little pale but was

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AskNadia: What’s Your Gym Workout Plan for Type 1 Diabetes

Dear Nadia, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago when I was 15. I would like to start going to the gym but am scared of low blood sugar. Brandon H, Dear Brandon, That’s great that you like to go the gym. Exercise is great for your blood sugars, A1C and keeping your weight down. Working out at the gym should also

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Fathering a Son with Diabetes

By Joe Solowiejczyk Father’s Day is a good time to reflect upon the gift fathers give to their children and families when they assume an active role in the management of diabetes. Fathers play a pivotal role in helping the child and family cope effectively with the diagnosis and daily challenge of living with diabetes. You may be surprised to know that many physicians and

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Warning Letters Issued to Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments

Recently, FDA launched an initiative to counter these illegally sold products aimed at consumers who have diabetes. In addition to evaluating numerous consumer complaints, FDA surveyed the marketplace for illegally sold products promising to treat diabetes and its complications. In July 2013, FDA issued letters warning 15 companies about selling products for diabetes in violation of federal law. These products are sold as dietary supplements;

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Small A1c Reduction Considerably Lessens Type 2 Death Risk

A Swedish study has found that even less than a 1% reduction in A1c’s lowered the mortality rate among type 2 patients by 50 percent compared to patients whose A1c’s remained stable or increased. (Mortality was defined as the likelihood of dying from any cause within the next five years.) The five-year study by the University of Gothenburg tracked 12,359 older type 2s (average age

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Fire In My Veins: A Story of Ketoacidosis

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 14 long years. During that time, I have had five episodes of ketoacidosis, two of which were brought on by emotional stress.  The one that happened eight years ago, shortly after the meltdown of a serious relationship, lives vividly in my memory. Usually I jump out of bed to start the day, but when I woke up that morning,

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