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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Type 1 & 2 Diabetes: Eight Tips for Super Blood Sugar Control

You’re heard the doctors. You’ve read the articles. You know all about tight control. Ever since the results from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial were published in 1993, everyone has known that reducing A1C levels staves off complications and keeps us healthy longer. We know this. And we’ve listened. But many type 1s–and even type 2s who aggressively manage their illness–suspect that they could

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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Blood-Sugar Spikes by Eating More Protein for Breakfast

People with Type 2 Diabetes have difficulty regulating their glucose – or blood sugar – levels, particularly after meals. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that Type 2 diabetics can eat more protein at breakfast to help reduce glucose spikes at both breakfast and lunch. “People often assume that their glucose response at one meal will be identical to their responses at other meals, but that

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Blood Sugars Linked to Memory Problems

People with diabetes of any type have experienced a very simple but meaningful truth about the disease: Blood sugar levels affect everything. It’s not just about lows and possible complications, either–those numbers can affect your mood and overall health. A study published late last year in the journal Neurology offers even more evidence. High blood sugars, both in the short and long term, appear to

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Google Tests “Smart” Contact Lens for People With Diabetes

Internet search engine giant Google has announced that it developing a “smart contact lens” that uses an embedded chip and antenna to monitor blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. The company has tested a prototype that can deliver a reading once every second by analyzing the blood sugar level in tears. Google says that while it has already discussed the lens technology with the

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Breath Test Could Someday End Finger Prinks

While a Breathalyzer test is traditionally used to check blood alcohol levels, researchers have created a breath test that could ultimately help determine blood sugar levels as well. That, researchers say, could put an end to the dreaded finger pricks – the bane of many people with diabetes, especially those with type 1 who have to check their blood sugar levels multiple times daily –

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Study Concludes Cinnamon Has Some Beneficial Effects

Discussion has gone back and forth for several years now on whether cinnamon might be a powerful, previously unappreciated arrow in the quiver of diabetes medicines. Cinnamon advocates have claimed it can have significant effects on blood sugar levels without any of the side effects or inconveniences of conventional diabetes drugs. Skeptics have said there is no conclusive proof that cinnamon is a useful adjunct

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The Growing Number of Diabetes Therapies

While there is still no cure for diabetes, there is a growing number of therapies available to those battling the disease-and even more are in the works, according to experts who spoke at a recent symposium. “There are many new targets being developed and there are many new drugs on the way,” said Dr. John L. Leahy, Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont,

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The Hidden Gift of a Diabetes Diagnosis

Michelle Gaylord has lived more than 30 years with type 2 diabetes, but the diagnosis is one that she now sees a bit like a gift. The resident of Batavia, New York, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her second pregnancy 37 years ago, but didn’t recover from it after the birth of her son. But even as her diabetes diagnosis impacted her life-her next

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