AskNadia: I Drink Soda to Keep My Blood Sugar Up at Work

Dear Nadia, I have been a type 1 diabetic for 13 years. I work in construction, and it’s a physically demanding job. I am having trouble keeping my blood sugars up while working. It goes down fast so I drink soda to get my blood sugars up, but it won’t stay up long even though I drink two to three which aren’t good either.  I

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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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Kris Freeman in Sochi: Type 1 Diabetes Skier- 4th Time Olympian

I remember first seeing Kris Freeman when he was 21 at a diabetes conference. Two years after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Eli Lilly began sponsoring his dream of becoming an Olympic cross-country skier. During his off-season, you can find Kris at diabetes camps inspiring children to follow their dream. He is the only person with diabetes to compete in a winter endurance

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Me, on a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Words. Images. Facts. Figures. Data. Times and dates. Over and over and over again. The defining characteristic of life in 2013 is this constant swirl of information. It surrounds us and envelops us. Many people seek a way out, a way to live without this constant barrage of email and Facebook updates, and tweets, and texts. So why am I seeking more information? Why am

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TSA Full-Body Scans Can Cause Insulin Pump, CGM Malfunctions

A report in the October 2012 issue of Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics says that airport full-body scans can cause malfunctions in insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors. Other devices, such as CGM transmitters and Medtronic’s iPro recorder, can also be affected by airport body scanners. Those scanners join CAT (computer-assisted tomography), X-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and PET (positron emission tomography) as devices that insulin

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Imagining the Unimaginable

As I listen to the news of the recent Mega Millions jackpot of over $600 million, my dreams aren’t about fast cars, vast mansions, or plush vacations. My thoughts revolve around my diabetes. How awesome would it be to have the best care that money can buy? I’ve been that person, you know, the one who could not afford her supplies. The one who re-used

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Could Your Medical Device Be Hacked?

Here’s the scenario: You’re a famed prosecutor who happens to be on an insulin pump. One of the criminals you put away years ago has been released from prison, and he’s eager for revenge. This is a particularly cunning criminal, so he hatches a subtle plan. He hacks into your insulin pump, giving you a massive dose of insulin without warning. As you drive to

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Swimmers with Diabetes Cross English Channel

Claire Duncan is one of many people with type 1 diabetes who wears a continuous glucose monitor and an insulin pump, in this case, an Animas® VibeTM. In an age of almost routine medical marvels, Duncan doesn’t really seem to be an exception. Except for one thing: On July 21, she was one of three people with diabetes who were members of a six-person team that

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