AskNadia: Type 1 Son Coming from Saudi Arabia to America

Dear Nadia, My son was diagnosed with T1 when he was eight years old. He has been living in Saudi Arabia and getting excellent medical care from the time of his diagnosis. He started using an insulin pump at the age of 9. He is now going to Pomona, California and enrolling in intensive English courses. I would like your recommendations for an excellent T1

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AskNadia: Should I get A Therapy Dog Because My Great Niece’s Fluctuating Blood Sugars?

My great niece was diagnosed three years ago with diabetes she is now 13.  She gives herself seven shots a day.  Her sugar fluctuates so much that my niece seriously wants to get her a therapy dog.  The problem is she is a single mom with two other children trying to put herself through college and no money.  If we could get some guidance or

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Diabetes Health Type 1: The Knock Out Boxer

My diabetic educator fired up a video of professional athletes enjoying their chosen sport. A cyclist whizzed down mountainous trails in California with an insulin pump mounted on his hip. A swimmer dove into a pool and came up just long enough to start a perfect breast stroke. These were supposed to be my new heroes. We now shared a bond. I was nearing the

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AskNadia: Why Does My Husband Refuses to Go on Insulin?

My husband is on metformin, and he was able to manage his diabetes for several years. But slowly his A1C has been creeping above eight even though he exercises two hours a day. His physician recommends that he go on insulin and he refuses to do so. Stephanie Dear Stephanie: If your husband is competitive or a high achieving person, he could have the mindset

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AskNadia: Asked to Leave Restaurant for Openly Injecting Insulin

Dear Nadia:   I was at a restaurant. After we’d ordered, I tested and dosed. I received a hostile look from a lady at another table. I smiled and said, “I could drop my trousers and inject in my butt, if you’d prefer.” A few moments later a waiter came up and asked me to leave. On the way out I stopped at the hostile

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Letter to the Editor: Where Do You Test Your Blood Sugars

By Diabetes Health Staff Connie, a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, writes us about Meagan Esler’s article- https://www.diabeteshealth.com/uncategorized/where-do-you-test-your-blood-sugar-or-take-your-injections/. Anyone that does not want to use Facebook can send their comments to editor@diabeteshealth.com. Letter to the Editor I want to leave a comment about where a T1 should test or inject, but I do not use Facebook nor do I have a desire

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Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who’s had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, “I love riding motocross—it’s just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don’t have to think about diabetes. I do have to make sure that I test before I get

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The New Girl

It’s hard being the new person at work.  It’s even harder when you’re the new person and you have diabetes. Whenever I start a new job, thoughts race through my mind: Will I go low while I’m training?  Will I have quick access to snacks?  Will I be able to check my blood sugar without an audience?  How about taking an insulin injection at the

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Choosing a Needle to Inject Insulin: What’s the Difference?

For a person with diabetes who is beginning insulin therapy, the range of products can be overwhelming.  The options are often limited by the patient’s healthcare plan, however, and the initial selection of a product is frequently influenced by the healthcare provider.  With diabetes education tailored to the individual patient, the delivery of insulin through a particular device is achieved by teaching proper injection technique

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