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    Do I Need Regular Glucose Checks?

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012 when my A1C reached 6.6 percent. I have been treating it with changes in my eating plan. I...

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    How Quickly Does Type 2 Develop?

    I have prediabetes. How does that affect my chances of developing type 2 diabetes? I’ve heard that if you do nothing to change your diet...

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    How Can I Reach My Teenager?

    My 13-year-old daughter has had diabetes for over a year. She is getting depressed about everything, and her sugar levels are staying in...

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    Should My Sons Be Tested for LADA?

    I was diagnosed with LADA in 2010, and my A1C continued to increase until I began insulin injections. Is LADA, or any type of diabetes,...

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    Do I Need a Longer Insulin Needle?

    I have been injecting insulin for two years. My question is about needle length. I’ve used a U-100 31-gauge, 8-mm “short” needle...

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    How Should I Eat With Gastroparesis?

    I was recently diagnosed with gastroparesis, but I’m unclear about what I can and can’t eat. Do you have any meal-planning guidelines?

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    Can Diabetes Affect My Mood?

    I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am on two different types of insulin, NovoLog and Levemir (insulin detemir). Can...

  • Can I Change Insulins?

    In 2005, I was put on insulin glargine (Lantus), switching from NPH and regular insulins. I’ve had diabetes for 20-plus years. The cost...

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    Can I Switch to Once-a-Day Insulin?

    I have injected 15 units of Humulin N [human NPH] insulin when I first get up and again at 4 p.m. each day for years, as directed by my...

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    Will Pregnancy Put Me at Risk?

    I am the 33-year-old mom of a healthy 2-year-old boy, and I have type 1 diabetes. I've been told by two doctors that pregnancy decreases...

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    How Can I Make Veggies Appealing?

    I recently married a man with type 2 diabetes. He knows he is supposed to "eat healthy," but he doesn't like veggies—I've tried! He will...

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    Is My Husband's A1C Too Low?

    My husband has type 2 diabetes, and for years his endocrinologist urged him to keep his A1C under 7 percent. A few months ago we went on...

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    Is Plasma Glucose a Better Measure?

    When I changed blood glucose meters, the readings were quite different. The company that makes my new meter says it uses a better system...

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    Why Does a C-Peptide Test Matter?

    I've used an insulin pump for 4 1/2 years (and been insulin dependent for 24 years). After I turned 65, Medicare was paying for my...

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    Does Diabetes Cause Trigger Finger?

    I recently had surgery to release a condition called trigger finger in my middle finger and thumb. My doctor said this is a common malady...

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    Why Don’t I Lose More Weight?

    I used to weigh around 300 pounds (in early 2010), and I got down to 223, with an A1C of 5.1 (mid-2011). Now I weigh 240, with my A1C at...

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    How Should I Treat Meals?

    I've had diabetes for 21 years (and used insulin for 16). What should my blood sugar level be one to two hours after eating? Should I...

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    Why Does Hot Yoga Raise My Number?

    I am a 62-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes; my A1Cs range from 6 to 6.7 percent. I started Bikram (hot) yoga recently, and I really...

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    Can Insulin Go Back in the Fridge?

    After removing insulin glargine (Lantus) from the refrigerator for use, can it be refrigerated over and over again after having warmed to...

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    Can You Put a Number on Carbs?

    I'd appreciate learning about how many grams of carbohydrate I should eat as a guideline to keep my glucose numbers normal.

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    Why Do Injections Cause Atrophy?

    I am 80 years old and have used insulin for 48 years. For years, I used my thighs as an injection site and noticed that the fat on the...

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    How Can I Heal Bruised Fingers?

    I've had type 1 diabetes for over 50 years. For the past 30 years I've used a blood glucose meter, sticking my finger and testing four...

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    Why Not Compare Meters' Accuracy?

    Manufacturers of blood glucose meters and diabetes organizations seem reluctant to provide a ranking of the various meters' accuracy....

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    How Can I Fight Morning Highs?

    My morning blood glucose is quite elevated (190 to 260 mg/dl). Is there a certain time before bed that I should eat to help lower my...

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    Are CGMs Experimental?

    My husband has type 1 diabetes. A physician assistant told him the continuous glucose monitor was in the experimental stage (at least in...

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    Will Weight-Loss Surgery Help?

    I have had type 2 diabetes for 15 years and started insulin therapy two years ago. I plan to have bariatric surgery. Is it likely to...

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    How Can I Find an Endocrinologist?

    How do you find an endocrinologist when you need an answer to a diabetes problem that other doctors cannot provide? My internist recently...

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    Will Little Issues Get Bigger?

    I am a 61-year-old woman and have been on insulin for 38 years. My A1C is usually a little over 7. Over the past year, it seems I always...

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    Too Much Exercise?

    I have type 2 diabetes, and my A1Cs are usually around 6.2. I recently started exercising more. At first, my blood glucose was low all...

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    Why Do Insulin Needs Change?

    When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I started with 22 units of Levemir—dropping down to 7. I was told I was in the “honeymoon...

  • How to Treat Diabetic Diarrhea?

    I have a problem that I never see addressed. I've had type 1 diabetes for 36 years and been diagnosed as having diabetic diarrhea....

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    What Affects My Blood Glucose?

    I have type 2 diabetes, and my A1C is about 6 percent. I really don't understand how caloric intake affects my blood glucose. Suppose...

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    Are My Meds Wearing Off?

    I am 63 and have had type 2 diabetes for 13 years. I take metformin and glipizide. My morning readings have been 150 to 180 mg/dl the...

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    Can My "Normal" Be High?

    If my blood glucose numbers dip below 120 mg/dl, I start to feel light-headed, and when they get down to 100 or below, I am dizzy. Is it...

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    Does Diabetes Cause Fatigue?

    I am a 55-year-old man with type 2 diabetes who is on oral medication. I find that I am very tired in the afternoon. Is this a side...

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    Can I Put Diabetes Behind Me?

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 10 years ago. Through diet and exercise, I have lost 35 pounds and maintain an A1C around 5.7...

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    Should I Try Chromium Tablets?

    I take metformin twice a day and, after breakfast, six or seven supplements I've seen mentioned on TV. Now I've ordered chromium GTF...

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    Why Is My A1C Rising?

    I am a 36-year-old man diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago. Until six months ago, my A1C was 5.4 percent, but now it's creeping...

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    Can Meds Distort My A1C?

    My blood glucose levels are in the range of 160 to 190 mg/dl, but my A1C is 5.3 percent, which seems too low. Could my HIV medications be...

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    Should I Be Taking Avandamet?

    I keep seeing warnings about the drug Avandia. I am currently taking Avandamet, a combination of Avandia and metformin. I had a heart...

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    Does Lantus Cause Cancer?

    I did a Google search on the side effects of Lantus, and one site I found said Lantus may cause cancer. I have type 1 diabetes and have...

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    What Are Net Carbs?

    I have type 1 diabetes, and my son recently gave me a package of sugar-free hard candy that was labeled "0 net carbs." The back of the...

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    Does Insulin Lose Its Punch?

    I am on the Medtronic MiniMed Paradigm pump, and I've noticed that my insulin is not as effective toward the end of the MiniMed...

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    What Is "Diabetic Stomach"?

    My niece takes an oral medicine for diabetes. At least once a week, she throws up at night. The doctor calls it "diabetic stomach." I...

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    Can Statins Cause Pancreatitis?

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002. About five years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatitis and was hospitalized. One of my...

  • What Is a Good Evening Snack?

    My mom, who has diabetes, likes having her tea and a snack before bedtime. Is eating a slice of American or cheddar cheese good for her?

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    How Can I Spot DKA?

    I recently found myself in the hospital with a diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). It was a complete shock. Just an awareness of...

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    What's the Most Insulin to Take?

    I am taking Humalog and Lantus insulins: 40 units of Lantus and 85 to 90 units of Humalog each day. My morning blood sugar is in the 180...

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    Can I Stop My Diabetes Medications?

    I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am taking 10 mg of glipizide and 500 mg of metformin twice a day. My A1C was 12.5, but I...

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    How Do I Raise My HDL?

    MY HDL cholesterol is 50 and I was told to bring it up. How do I do this? I was told to drink 4 ounces of red wine at night. How else can...

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    Am I Injecting Insulin Properly?

    Is it possible to get hard lumps under the skin when injecting insulin? I have experienced this problem while injecting more than one...

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    Why Do I Take an ACE Inhibitor?

    I have had type 1 diabetes for 40 years and I am in good health. I've been on the insulin pump for 10 years. My last A1C was 7.8, which...

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    Why Is A1C Testing Important?

    My wife is 78 and she has had type 2 diabetes for many years. Her doctor tells her to get an A1C test every three months. Recently,...

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    Can I Switch to Insulin?

    I want to switch to insulin, but my doctor says there is no dose small enough for me. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2000. I...

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    Should I Be Testing My BG?

    I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 16 years ago. Over those years, I have been a patient at a local medical practice. Because of staff...

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    How Do I Handle Diverticulitis?

    How do I handle diverticulitis? I have found next to no information about how someone with type 2 diabetes on insulin should deal with...

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    Is Glucosamine Safe for Me?

    I am 71 years old, and I have type 2 diabetes. Last year I developed joint problems in both shoulders. Doctors have prescribed physical...

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    Can I Exercise With a High BG?

    I've read that it's not good to exercise with a blood glucose of 250 or higher. Do you still burn calories when you are this high?...

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    How Do I Fight Toenail Fungus?

    What can you tell me about the dreaded toe fungus? It seems to develop very slowly and can get vicious! I've heard it can get all through...

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    Why Won't My Infusion Sets Stick?

    I experienced a problem when traveling and hope you can advise me. My infusion sets wouldn't stick. I used the Cleo infusion sets with my...

  • Could This Be an Allergy?

    I was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and shortly after I was released from the hospital, I started to develop a severely itchy...

  • Insulin: How Does It Work?

    How does insulin actually get from the injection site to the bloodstream? When an insulin peaks in 4 to 6 hours, does that mean it takes...

  • Does Diet Make a Difference?

    On ADA's type 2 message board, someone posted the comment, "I do know that 85 percent of your cholesterol levels are determined not by...

  • Unexplained High Blood Glucose

    How many people with type 2 diabetes are struggling with high fasting glucose in the morning after values appear normal at bedtime? What...

  • Freezing Insulin; Injection Changes

    As someone who's had type 2 diabetes for 20 years, I often wonder about two things we are told about insulin use. 1. Why are we told to...

  • Insulin in Transit

    I have a pump and use Humalog. I change the cartridge every three days and have noticed a dropoff in effectiveness on day three. When I...

  • ARBs and Your Kidneys

    I am a 66-year-old female with type 2 diabetes. My A1C was less than 6 without medication. My microalbumin is less than 3. I had a...

  • What About Celiac Disease?

    My celiac disease went undiagnosed until middle age—resulting in major osteoporosis and a lot of damage to my intestinal tract (despite...

  • Persistent Bladder Infections

    For the past year, I have had multiple bladder infections (three in the past 30 days), most often with very minimal symptoms. I have been...

  • Basic Steps to Foot Care

    I am 20 years old, and I have been diabetic for almost 10 years now, with no foot problems. However, I always read about diabetics having...

  • Are Meters Accurate Enough?

    More accurate blood glucose meters would help all of us. The manufacturer of my meter says that if the meter gives a reading that is...

  • Worried About Actos

    I was diagnosed with diabetes one year ago and was placed on Actos. I am concerned about continuing on Actos based on all I read and have...

  • Driving on Insulin

    I am a 74-year-old who has had diabetes for the past 20 years. I work part-time driving large trucks 3 1/2 days or more every week. I now...

  • Blood Glucose and Altitude

    I am 72 years old and have had diabetes for 15 years. At sea level in Southern California, with a moderate activity level and normal...

  • Highs After Meals

    I am 35 years old and have had type 2 diabetes for 2 years. I take 500 mg of metformin once a day. My A1C is always between 6.3 and 6.7....

  • Insulin Pumps and Infections

    I was on an insulin pump for about 3 years. I was very careful to shower and clean the area where I was inserting the needle for my...

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