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Free Medicine for Diabetes

June 29, 2017 | 3 Comments

The endocrinologist I work with, Dr. Miya Allen, came back from the American Diabetes Association conference last week and gave us some great news! There is an organization that is giving away 10 million dollars’ worth of free diabetes medicine for the next year. Yes, free!  

The medicines are metformin, pioglitazone (Actos) and glipizide. They will be free to anyone...
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Meds and the “Donut Hole”

June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

While you may not be familiar with the phrase “donut hole,” just about everyone in the health care field and patients who use Medicare know that this can spell trouble for people on medication. There is a coverage gap if your drugs cost more than $2,800 per year, which often affects people on diabetes medications.

This is how Medicare medication benefits...
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Spring Allergies and Diabetes

May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

It's that time of year again—allergy season. The rain seems to have brought out plant allergens in full force this spring after our record wet winter in California.

If you have diabetes and have allergies you may have noticed that your blood sugars have gone up.

While there is some speculation that stress corticosteroids can cause blood sugar to rise directly from...
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How to Become a Certified Diabetes Educator

May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Are you in the healthcare field and looking for a new direction?  Or maybe you’re interested in learning more to help family or friends who have diabetes.  Whatever your motivation, getting your Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential is not as difficult as you might think.

I get calls and inquiries in how to get your CDE certification all the time. ...
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Becoming your own Carbohydrate Detective

April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Tammy Stogner, RN, CDE
Over the years as a Diabetes Educator I’m asked one question at nearly every visit: “How many carbohydrates can I eat?” Although I have a standard “boxed” answer— 30 grams of carbohydrates per meal and 15 grams of carbohydrates per snack — I really don’t like to use it. The fact of the matter is that...
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