AskNadia: Why High Altitudes Will Give You High Blood Sugars

Dear Nadia: Why do my BG’s run high when I hike in higher altitudes? RU Dear RU: When you exercise in elevations your body is accustomed to, chances are you have a good idea of how your blood sugar will respond. Hyperglycemia Exercising in high altitudes such as hiking generally, reduces your oxygen intake and stresses your body. Stress releases cortisol, the stress hormone, causing

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Diabetes Health Type 2 : Blood Sugar Reality Checks Are Real

A finger stick can often serve as a reality check when it comes to fighting diabetes.  Sure, we may feel good but it is only when we see the numbers on the glucometer do we know what’s really going on inside of our bodies.  A 150 fasting or a 240 after dinner glucose reading will definitely serve as a wake- up call when you think

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AskNadia: What’s The Science Behind The A1C Test

Dear Nadia, What’s the science behind  the A1C test ? My husband is a type 2 diabetic and recently received his A1C results which was 9 percent. What is considered a good A1C range? RAS Dear RAS, The A1C sometimes referred to as the Hemoglobin A1C, glycosylated hemoglobin, glycated Hemoglobin and HbA1C measures your husband’s  average glucose from 60 to 90 days. When your husband

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Diabetes Health: Word Puzzle #1 Solution

If you would like to sign up to receive a weekly puzzle, please emailpuzzle@diabeteshealth.com. In the subject area write “add me to your weekly word puzzle list.” If you would like us to create a word puzzle for you and our players, send your 8 words to puzzle@diabeteshealth.com and we will post your challenge online. In the subject area write” create my word puzzle.” We can

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Bayer’s New Blood Glucose Meter Now Available

Bayer ‘s new blood glucose meter, the Contour® Next Link, which works with Medtronic’s diabetes management system, is now available in the United States. The new meter’s test strips provide readings that are close to professional for increased dosing confidence as the wireless technology makes bolus calculations easy and helps eliminate inaccuracies due to manual entry. The Contour Link provides continuous glucose monitoring calibration. In

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Drinking and Driving on Memorial Day

During Memorial Day Weekend celebrations, friends often gather where alcohol is served and then take to the road. Drinking and driving is hazardous, as we all know, because alcohol affects many skills needed to drive safely and competently, including reaction time, coordination, information processing, and the ability to track moving objects. If you have diabetes and drive, it adds yet another factor to the equation.

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Diabetes Supply Costs Rule My Life!

There’s nothing quite like wondering how you’re going to pay for prescriptions.  I find it odd that we usually don’t know what our out-of-pocket cost will be until we’re standing in front of the pharmacy staff and praying that we have enough in our wallet to cover it.  I often feel like a reality show contestant waiting for the grand total.  My pharmacy-based reality show

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Her Last-Minute Competition Entry Nets This Playwright Professor a $100,000 Grant

It’s late October, 2007, and Prof. Wendy Coleman has just learned about a competition called the Bayer Dream Fund. Coleman, a type 2 who was diagnosed in 2005, has been told that the fund grants a large cash award to the competition winner – money the winner can use to fund a personal project designed to spread the word about managing and living successfully with

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