AskNadia: High & Low Blood Sugars After Giving Birth

Dear Nadia: I’m having a lot of lows and highs that I can’t control. I just had a baby a little over 6 weeks ago and am wondering if that could be reason. Maribeth Dear Maribeth: The blood sugar fluctuations you are experiencing aren’t at all uncommon. Many new mothers experience blood glucose fluctuations. Your hormones could be all over the place, you’ve just finished

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AskNadia: How Much Alcohol is Too Much for Diabetes

Dear Nadia, I worry about my husband and how alcohol affects his diabetes. He usually has two glasses of wine a night with dinner. Is that too much? Kate Indiana Dear Kate, Alcohol is such a big part of everyday relaxation and celebration for many. From a hard days at work, sport events, birthdays, graduations to weddings. Most people with diabetes can consume alcohol but

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AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

Dear Nadia, My fasting blood sugar is 120.  After 30 minutes of playing hockey, it rises to 250. I am 52 years old. Should I continue playing hockey or not? Which exercise should I do to reduce my blood sugar level? Surinder Dear Surinder Only 39% of people with diabetes exercise. Congratulations on being part of the minority. Being active for 150 minutes a week

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AskNadia: Substituting Lantus Insulin for Levemir Insulin

Dear Nadia, I would like to know, if I normally use Levemir pen insulin, and I run out before my health insurance kicks in, can I use Lantus insulin until I can get coverage for my Levemir ? Rita U Dear Rita, Levemir and Lantus are similar insulins.  Our advisory board member Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP MSN MPH RN GNP BC-ADM CDE CDTC suggests that

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AskNadia: How Do I Find an Insulin Pump Support Group in My Area?

Dear Nadia, How do I find a type 1 insulin support group near me? I am in an online group but it would helpful to be part of a live insulin pump support group with monthly meetings. I am in the Atlanta, GA area about 30 miles outside the city. Please help. Sandy Dear Sandy: I am not surprised as a pumper that you want

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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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AskNadia: My Wish for You in The New Year!

This time of year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect on the people and the events that shaped me; giving thanks for what I have learned and reflecting on what I would like to improve on. Health tops my priority every year. Making sure I spend time with my family and friends is part of my mental health; regularly

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AskNadia: The History of the Implantable Insulin Pump

Dear Jeff,  I have had diabetes for 28 years and wore two different insulin pumps for a total of 8 years. I quit the insulin pump because of scarring issues that lead to insulin effectiveness issues. Now after many years, I am starting to suffer from the long-term effects of diabetes. The implantable insulin pump could make a difference in my life.  This new technology

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CDC Reports Decline of Diabetes-Related Complications

While new cases of type 2 diabetes are rising rapidly, recent research shows that complications from the disease are on the decline.Research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over a 20-year period, rates of the five major complications associated with diabetes – heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower limb amputation and deaths from hyperglycemia – all saw drastic

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