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: Can People with Diabetes Use Electric Blankets?

Dear Nadia, I wanted to buy an electric blanket for the winter and was informed; I shouldn’t purchase one because of my diabetes. Why can’t people with diabetes use electric blankets? Beth, NH Dear Beth: I am not sure how long you have had diabetes or if you suffer from any complications. Neuropathy as a Diabetes Complication People with diabetes who maintain high blood sugars

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AskNadia: Type 2 Diabetes and Difficulty Getting an Erection

Dear Nadia: I have had type 2 diabetes for 20 years and it is difficult to get or maintain an erection. I don’t want to talk to my doctor about it until I know what my options are. So, I have been reading up online about my different alternatives.  Do know which therapy works the best? John Dear John: There are several recommended therapies for

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AskNadia: Terrible Itching in Lower Leg’s and Feet

My husband is suffering from terrible itching in his lower legs and feet. Do you have any suggestions as to what would give him some relief? Sharon Blythe CA Dear Sharon, Your husband’s itchy lower limbs can be a result of several things. It could be that he is experiencing nephropathy, kidney disease, or neuropathy, nerve damage. My mother experienced neuropathy. She was constantly itching

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How Dottie Kept Her Prediabetes in Check

You may be in jeopardy. You may be in danger with blood sugar levels higher than normal. You may have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels in the blood stream are high enough to be abnormal, but not high enough to reach the diabetic range. It often leads eventually to type 2 diabetes. But although prediabetes is a precursor to type

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Metanx Medicinal Food for Neuropathy Shows Promise

A new study on the treatment of symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy has shown promising results, according to one of the lead doctors on the study. The study from Tulane University and Pamlab, the makers of the medicinal food Metanx, showed “significant improvement” in the symptoms of neuropathy as well as quality of life in as little as 24 weeks for those taking the prescription-strength

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Scientists May Have Found Key to Neuropathic Pain

A compound found in excessive quantities in the glucose of people with diabetes may hold the key to successful treatment of neuropathic pain, says an international team of researchers. The compound, methylglyoxal, attacks and modifies a protein, called Nav1.8, in nerve endings. This damage causes nerves to become much more sensitive to pain and temperature extremes.The result in people with diabetes is neuropathy, nerve damage,

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