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 … Continue reading AskNadia: High & Low Blood Sugars After Giving Birth
Ask Nadia I have diabetes and am having trouble with high blood sugars. I am thinking about asking my Doctor to put me on Symlin. Andrew Madison WI Dear Andrew, Symlin is a brand name for the hormone Amylin. Amylin is a hormone produced in your pancreas from the same beta cells that also make … Continue reading Ask Nadia: High Blood Sugars and Symlin
My diabetic educator fired up a video of professional athletes enjoying their chosen sport. A cyclist whizzed down mountainous trails in California with an insulin pump mounted on his hip. A swimmer dove into a pool and came up just long enough to start a perfect breast stroke. These were supposed to be my new … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: The Knock Out Boxer
Dear Nadia, How do I find a type 1 insulin support group near me? I am in an online group but it would helpful to be part of a live insulin pump support group with monthly meetings. I am in the Atlanta, GA area about 30 miles outside the city. Please help. Sandy Dear Sandy: … Continue reading AskNadia: How Do I Find an Insulin Pump Support Group in My Area?
Dear Nadia, In the last three weeks, my blood sugars have risen to over 200. I take Metformin twice daily and watch my food intake, I have been a type 2 for 15 years, I don’t seem to be able to lose weight, and I am tired most of the time, what can I do.I … Continue reading AskNadia: Diabetes Fatigue Prevents Weight Loss
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 … Continue reading AskNadia: Can People with Diabetes Use Electric Blankets?
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 … Continue reading Diabetes Health Living with Type 1: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child’s Christmas Angel
Dear Nadia: I am currently on a “pre-diabetic” watch because of excessive thirst and urination. My current A1c is 5.7. My last fasting glucose at eight hours was 106; at 12 hours 93. After those readings I had a freshly squeezed carrot/apple juice ( two apples, two carrots) drink. An hour later my … Continue reading AskNadia: Pre-diabetes and How The Glycemic Index Affects My A1C
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 … Continue reading AskNadia: The History of the Implantable Insulin Pump
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 … Continue reading AskNadia: Which Diabetes Tests Should I Order