Drug And Food Interactions: More Common Than You Think

The headline sounded too good to be true. Scientists were reporting that the old-fashioned licorice stick contains a natural substance called amorfrutins that not only lowers blood sugar but also reduces inflammation. Great news, right? Not if you’re taking the heart medication Lanoxin, also known as digoxin. In that case, regularly snacking on even a modest amount of licorice could increase your risk for developing

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Diabetes Health Living with Type 1: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child’s Christmas Angel

Eight-year-old Olivia Miller asked for a Chihuahua for Christmas, but what she received was far more precious than just any pet. That’s because Olivia and her new little dog both have diabetes and today they comfort and encourage each other through the rigors of dealing with the disease. Olivia’s family adopted the special-needs pet at TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb, Illinois, and every day the

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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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AskNadia: Which Diabetes Tests Should I Order

Dear Nadia, I am pre-diabetic, or  I was. My A1c has been in the normal range for about a year now. However, for the last two months, I have been suffering from hypoglycemia. The first few times my numbers were in the 50s and 60s, but when I treated it tonight, it was 49. I had become confused and could barely figure out how to

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Type 1 Diabetes: Scary and Sweet

October is my diagnosis month. At 14 years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few weeks before Halloween. I remember thinking, at least I’m too old for trick or treating. My younger sister had been diagnosed six months earlier, however, and at 10 years old, she still loved to trick or treat. To ease her pain, my parents got creative and

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AskNadia: Safe Alcoholic Drinks for Diabetics

Is a low-sugar drink such as San Miguel light regarded as a safe alcoholic drink for type 2 diabetics? George Dear George: Your question is a perennial: Where do alcoholic beverages fit in to the life of a type 2? Is the best answer one that advises type 2s to abstain rather than run the risks that too much alcohol consumption generates? I personally think

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Type 2: Dealing With Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is commonly perceived as a concern for people with type 1, not type 2, diabetes. However, hypos are a potential risk for anyone using insulin, and approximately 50 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are insulin-dependent. Recent research suggests that many of these patients are unaware of the risks and symptoms of hypoglycemia. According to a survey data from

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Diabetes Sentry for Nocturnal Hypoglycemia

Publisher Nadia Al-Samarrie speakes to Michael Russin / Vice President of Sales & Mkt for Diabetes Sentry Products, Inc. in New Orleans at the AADE. Mike tells us how this hypoglycemia symptom alarm helps with diabetes Self-mangement and who benefits from the Diabetes Sentry for nocturnal  hypoglycemia . Click on this link to view the video interview.

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Sentry Alerts Dangerous Nighttime Lows

Recently in Texas, a middle school student with type 1 diabetes went to sleep one night and never woke up after experiencing a fatal hypoglycemic event during the night. “It was a tragedy that could have been avoided if she’d been wearing a Diabetes Sentry device,” said company CEO Timothy Hayes, who has been working for more than a decade to bring the former Sleep

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