420: Cannabis Observance Day and Diabetes

By Nadia Al-Samarrie If you are unfamiliar with the code language 420, it’s a sub-culture of people who observe and describe themselves as cannabis users on April 20th. Personally, I don’t smoke pot but I do know people with diabetes who claim there are many benefits to cannabis. One subscriber who is an investment banker and has terrible neuropathy has shared that he has tried

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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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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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Type 2 Diagnosis Lit My Fire: 100 Lbs. Down and a 4.9 A1C!

By Janel Johnson  In November 2005, with an A1c of 7.5%, I was told that I had type 2 diabetes.  It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to me because my mother has type 2 and her mother died from complications due to her uncontrolled diabetes. My being overweight just quickened my diagnosis as I often ate fast food, skipped meals, loaded up

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AskNadia: Kidney Anti-Rejection Medication Causing Diabetes

Dear Nadia, Does the anti- rejection medication from a kidney transplant cause diabetes? Joyce T Tiburon CA Dear Joyce, Recipients of a kidney transplant are put on a maintenance anti-rejection drug therapy because the body’s immune system will identify the kidney as a foreign object and send out t cells in droves, to destroy it. The anti-rejection drugs prevent these t cells from attacking the

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Diabetes Health Type 2: I Stopped Taking My Type 2 Medication- Didn’t Like The Side Effects

I went to Starbucks to get a coconut latte and to write my “AskNadia” column. I love the leather chairs that are usually situated right near the power outlet. There were two I could see from the ordering counter and one was taken. I ordered my drink and b lined it to the brown leather chair hoping no one would get there before I did. Once

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Your Meds and Your Love Life

Dear Diabetes Health, I am 62 years old. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1997, and I am doing OK on metformin. My last A1c was 7.2 %. About a year ago, they put me on medicine for my blood pressure (which was 142/90) and for cholesterol.  I started having less interest in sex, which I had really liked before. About that time,

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Two Hundred Pound Loss Helps Phillip Get Off of Insulin and Metformin

How did Phillip Brenneman lose 200 pounds and get off insulin, metformin and his cholesterol and blood pressure medications? The Garrett, Ind., man says he did it literally one step at a time. And in the beginning, even that was more than he could manage. Brenneman’s first attempts at exercise took place in his chair at home. Arm circles and leg lifts were  all he

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AskNadia: Do Statins Raise Blood Sugars or Cause Diabetes

Dear Nadia, Is there a correlation between statin medications for cholesterol and diabetes? Lynn F Berkeley Ca Dear Lynn, Statins are important medications that reduce bad cholesterol that builds up in the arteries. They work by preventing the liver from producing LDL, the bad cholesterol. These medications also stabilize the lining of the blood vessels to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Statin Studies: In 2009,

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