Category Archives: Diabetes Health

AskNadia: Need Printed Insulin Pump Manual

I want to get a replacement manual for my daughter’s insulin pump. I don’t want an on-line version. I want the paper booklet. Karen South Hamilton MA Hello Karen, You can call the insulin pump company directly at their 800 number and request a manual to be mailed to you. I have listed all the … Continue reading AskNadia: Need Printed Insulin Pump Manual

Ask Nadia: When to Tell Someone You Have Diabetes

Dear Nadia, I just started dating someone I really like. When do you think it’s a good time to tell this person I have diabetes? I don’t want to scare him off. Anne Portland OR   Dear Anne Your question is somewhat subjective. In my personal experience, when I first started dating my previous husband, … Continue reading Ask Nadia: When to Tell Someone You Have Diabetes

Living With Type 1 Diabetes: My Love-Hate Relationship With Food

I love carbohydrates, and sometimes, I hate carbohydrates. I think part of my love/hate relationship with food goes back to the days just before my diagnosis of type 1 as a teenager. At 18 years old, I was suddenly eating everything in sight as the hunger from my high blood sugar, due to undiagnosed diabetes, … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: My Love-Hate Relationship With Food

AskNadia: Fasting High Blood Sugars & The Dawn Phenomenon

Hi Nadia, I have had Type 2 diabetes for ten years and I control it with diet and exercise. My fasting sugar levels are always high. My sugar level will not go down. What do I need to do to bring my fasting blood sugar level down? Thank you, Jack Dear Jack: I am assuming … Continue reading AskNadia: Fasting High Blood Sugars & The Dawn Phenomenon

Runner With Type 1 Takes On Seven Marathons In Seven Days

The first time Gavin Griffiths ran a marathon to raise money for his local diabetes clinic, the local newspaper reporter told him, “you’re plucky, but you don’t stand a chance.” Spurred by the words of anti-inspiration, Griffiths – nicknamed the Diathlete, a superhero moniker for a tough endurance athlete – ended up running the 29-mile … Continue reading Runner With Type 1 Takes On Seven Marathons In Seven Days

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 … Continue reading Drug And Food Interactions: More Common Than You Think

Ask Nadia: Celiac Disease Test

“I was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was wondering if I should be tested for celiac disease? Dave Madison Wisconsin Hello Dave, It estimated that 1% of the population has celiac disease. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you have an 8% chance of having celiac disease. It is an autoimmune disorder that … Continue reading Ask Nadia: Celiac Disease Test

Weight Loss Can Reduce The Risk Of Kidney Disease

With kidney disease one of the most devastating complications of type 2 diabetes – and a risk for about 35 percent of those with the disease – a new study suggests that losing weight can help significantly lower the risk of nephropathy in overweight or obese adults with type 2. In fact, according to a … Continue reading Weight Loss Can Reduce The Risk Of Kidney Disease

Flashback Friday: How Diabetes Topics in the News Can Start to Feel Like a Game of “Telephone”

A past Wall Street Journal article shows once again how misinformation about diabetes-related topics can be spread by even the most expert journalists. The article, headlined “Eli Lilly to Pay for Right to Sell Diabetes Treatment Outside U.S.,” begins, “Eli Lilly & Co. will pay Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. for the right to sell a controversial diabetes treatment outside of … Continue reading Flashback Friday: How Diabetes Topics in the News Can Start to Feel Like a Game of “Telephone”

AskNadia: A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes?

Dear Nadia, Is there any promising research for curing type 1 diabetes? Seven years in our family. Any hope? Steve, Twitter Follower Dear Steve: Yes, there is hope—a considerable amount of it, thanks to research focusing on ways to “tell” the body not to mistakenly attack insulin-producing beta cells. This means that at some point, … Continue reading AskNadia: A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes?