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: Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

It appears that I am an a typical diabetic. I am a type 2 who was not obese at the time of diagnosis at age 44. In addition, I wound up on insulin within six months of diagnosis, after I had made a good faith effort to maintain my blood sugars with diet, exercise, and oral medications. From the beginning, I never denied the illness.

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AskNadia: Trouble Sleeping and Feeling Rested

Dear Nadia, I have type 2 diabetes and have trouble sleeping and feeling rested. I live alone and wonder if I might have sleep Apnea? James Boise Idaho Dear James, Sleep apnea affects 22 million people in the United States. Interestingly enough, 80% of these people don’t know they have it. If you feel tired after 8 hours of sleep, you could have sleep apnea.

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Type 2 Diabetes: Depression or Sex

Dear Diabetes Health, I am a 55-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, and I think it made me depressed. The depression eventually got so bad that I didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. My doctor referred me to the psych clinic, where they put me on Paxil (paroxetine). The medication is helping my depression, but

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Type 2 Diabetes: Medication Keeping My Husband Out of The Bedroom

Dear Diabetes Health, I have been married for 14 years.  I am 36 and my husband is 39, and we have a seven-year-old daughter. About six months, ago my husband found out that he has type 2 diabetes. My husband works nights. He is off two nights a week, but then he usually just wants to watch TV. He never shows any interest in coming to bed with

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AskNadia: Physician Was Angry When I Pointed Out He Had Someone Else’s Medical Chart

Dear Nadia, Several years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes because I am insulin resistant. Over the next two years, I saw a total of 8 different doctors. My first doctor pulled up the wrong chart for someone else when I pointed that out to him, he became furious and commented he did not make mistakes. I was on three different insulin, and

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Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Depression Could Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Certain Patients

A new study suggests that people with depression, are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, in addition to metabolic risk. This includes risk factors like unhealthy cholesterol levels, hypertension, and obesity. This study examined about 2,500 Canadian participants, all of whom completed an assessment at the onset of the study and again 4.5 years later. Roughly 3.5% of the participants did developed diabetes. Participants

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Research Plan Could Drive ‘Culture Change’ In How Mental Illness Is Diagnosed, Treated

The National Institute of Mental Health has unveiled a five-year strategic plan emphasizing research it hopes will ultimately give clinicians a better understanding of what mental illness looks like inside the brain — before a patient shows outward symptoms. The plan signals investment to figure out the genes associated with mental illness, develop new treatments based on those findings, make sure research findings are eventually

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Diabetes Counselor Copes by Focusing on Others By Tanya Caylor

Marty Tschannen’s been having trouble with her A1C count. She’s worried that may be damaging to her eyes. Talking to other people and counseling them; focusing on their problems, offering advice helps the 69 year old volunteer diabetes counselor put her own diabetes in perspective. Learning to Adapt “When you’re first diagnosed, you’re just devastated,” says Tschannen, who learned she had Type 2 diabetes 28

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