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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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: I Hear You, But I’m Not You

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly 14 years. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, battled diabulimia, survived numerous insulin shock comas and ketoacidosis episodes, and struggled with acceptance: I have my scars. Despite these mistakes, I’ve picked myself up countless times and have prevailed. I’ve persevered with a disease that doesn’t take vacations for even a minute, and I’ve come out

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Home Visits By Nurses For First-Time Mothers Help Reduce Government Costs

By Michelle Andrews Symphonie Dawson was 23 and studying to be a paralegal while working part-time for a temporary staffing agency when she learned that the reason she kept feeling sick was because she was pregnant. Living with her mom and two siblings near Dallas, Dawson worried about what to expect during pregnancy and what giving birth would be like, not to mention how to

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Postpartum Weight Gain Boosts Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease

Moms who fail to lose the pounds they gain during pregnancy – or those who gain a few extra pounds in the year that follows birth – may boost the risk of developing both type 2 diabetes and heart disease later on, according to the results of a new study. Researchers at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital found that weight patterns after pregnancy played a big

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Weekly Potpourri

Blame The Media Data from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological Study (PURE, for short) suggests that owning a television, a computer or a car are possible causes of an increase of obesity and type 2 diabetes in low-income countries. The study tracked more than 150,000 people in 17 countries representing a range of economic conditions. Owning a TV was linked with a 39 percent greater

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The Hidden Gift of a Diabetes Diagnosis

Michelle Gaylord has lived more than 30 years with type 2 diabetes, but the diagnosis is one that she now sees a bit like a gift. The resident of Batavia, New York, was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her second pregnancy 37 years ago, but didn’t recover from it after the birth of her son. But even as her diabetes diagnosis impacted her life-her next

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Penny Hildreth: Finally Facing Diabetes

It was more than two decades ago, and Penny Hildreth was already feeling overwhelmed by life when she learned that she had type 1 diabetes. She was pregnant with her second child and worried about the baby’s safety after a car accident that had left Hildreth with a broken collarbone, a broken rib, and a punctured spleen. It was the spleen injury that ultimately led

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Under Physical Stress, Insulin-Producing Cells Regress

Scientists generally think that decreased insulin production by the pancreas, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, is due to the death of the organ’s beta cells. However, scientists at Columbia University Medical Center report that the beta cells do not die, but instead revert to a more basic cell type. The researchers examined mice with type 2 diabetes and found that their lower functioning beta

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