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Metformin for Pre-Diabetes?
I am concerned because my blood sugar is fluctuating between 110 and 117, over 90 days. I have good eating habits and control my weight, but it's been harder after menopause. Should I be on a sugar-stabilizing medication such as Metformin?
Pre-Diabetic - Now What Should I Do?
I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I need help formulating a plan to avoid becoming diabetic. What can I do to reverse my diagnosis?
Tomatoes in a Diabetic Diet?
My husband has type 2 diabetes. He heard that tomatoes have too much sugar in them, however, most recipes for diabetics contain tomatoes or tomato products. How do tomatoes fit into a diabetic diet?
Diabetes Risks and Nationality
What exactly is meant by the statement that “you might have a higher risk of diabetes due to nationality"? What does nationality have to do with it? Does it have to do with the foods that a particular nationality eats?
Is Type 2 Diabetes Hereditary?
I’m a woman and diabetes runs in my family. So I’ve made an effort to watch what I eat, keep my weight down, and exercise. But now I’ve read that with a family history, my risk of pre-diabetes is increased – even if I’m slim. How can I prevent this?
Does Diabetes Increase Risk of Heart Disease?
I’m a woman (51) who has diabetes. I read recently that women with diabetes have a much greater risk of developing heart disease than those who don’t have it. Why is this, and what can I do to protect myself from heart problems?
Diabetes and Hearing Loss
I have diabetes and I read recently that people with this disease have a higher risk of hearing problems. Why would this be, and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
Choosing a Glucose Meter
I’m interested in purchasing a blood glucose monitor, and I’m having difficulty finding information regarding which glucose monitor is the most accurate. Is there an independent study that shows accuracy data of all the meters?
Lowering Fasting Blood Sugar Levels
Is there anything that can be done to lower my fasting blood sugar? I can control my postprandial blood sugar by limiting carbs during a meal, but my fasting blood sugar has been rising over the last year and it seems to be beyond my control.
Which is Worse for Blood Sugar, Sugar or Simple Carbs?
What is worse for blood sugar: sugar or simple carbs?
Smart Snacks Ideas for Diabetics
What are your favorite snack ideas for people with diabetes?
The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
What is the difference between type I and type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes and Normal Weight?
Is type 2 diabetes always associated with being overweight, or do you see it in people at healthy weights as well?
Early Symptoms of Diabetes and Is It Reversible?
What are the early symptoms of diabetes? And is type 2 diabetes reversible?
Does Sugar Increase Your Risk for Diabetes?
Will eating too much sugar increase my risk for diabetes?
Hypoglycemia and Diabetes Risk
I have low blood sugar. Does that mean I'm at greater risk for diabetes?
Diabetes Symptoms: Sudden Weight Loss
Is sudden weight loss a sign of diabetes? If so, why?
Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy
How does diabetes effect peripheral neuropathy in its early stages?
Elevated Blood Sugar Levels and Diabetes
I’ve had a blood glucose test level of 104 in my last two blood workups. I know that it’s just over the upper limits of being safe and was wondering if that is a problem at this stage? What can I do to lower my blood sugar? I don’t want to get diabetes.
Avocados: Healthy Fat for Diabetics?
I had my gall bladder removed last year. I’m also diabetic. I know I’m supposed to eat low-fat foods. I know avocados contain healthy fat. Should I stay away from them or is it alright to eat them?
Causes of Tingling and Numb Fingers
Is it normal to have tingling and numbness in the fingers sometimes? What causes this? Could it be from a pinched nerve?
Pain on the Ball of the Foot
For the past five to six years, the balls of my feet hurt and burn all the time. I’ve tried inserts, Dansko shoes, foot soaks, as well as pain and nerve medications. Any suggestions?
Diabetes and Acupuncture: Is it Safe?
Is it safe to have acupuncture if I have Type II Diabetes?
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