Did you know that the most frequent advice that doctors give to people living with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes is to “go on a diet” and “lose weight”? This isn’t an official statistic… this is simply what I hear most from patients who come to refill their prescriptions at the pharmacy. I can’t help but wince every time I hear the words “diet” or “weight loss”. Why are people made to believe that these are the most important things for Type 2 diabetes management? I really d
People often think that "eating a piece of dessert" or “not exercising today” is a mistake. But that’s not what I mean… I just posted a new YouTube video today and it’s all about how to avoid the top 5 diabetes mistakes I see people making most often. The 5 things I talk about in this video are what I consider mistakes because they have long term negative effects on your health. Watch it to learn what these 5 mistakes are, and start eliminating them from your life today. I pr
Anyone with #prediabetes or #type2diabetes, has usually heard that their A1C is too high. Yet it may remain unclear to you what the famous #A1C actually is. 🤔 What do the numbers actually mean? Is it more valuable than blood sugar tests? What should your target be? What should you do if your A1C is high? This week's video should answer all your questions! You can leave a comment if you have any questions. And share it with anyone who might need to know this. 🙏🏽 P.S.Don’t f
In last week’s blog post, I shared a story about an interaction I had with a doctor while I was at work (for those of you who are new here: I’m a pharmacist). The doctor had made a mistake in one of his prescriptions and refused to change it when I called him to suggest a safer dose for the patient. If you haven’t read that post, click HERE. After writing that story last week, I began to reflect on the times I’ve made mistakes and someone else brings it to my attention... Wha
Intermittent Fasting has become very popular lately. If you have #Type2diabetes or #prediabetes, you might be wondering if you can fast or if it's safe to fast. And will it help you control your blood sugar levels? In this week's new YouTube video, I will be addressing all these questions and talking about all the pros & cons of #IntermittentFasting! Leave a comment if you have any questions. I answer everyone! 🙏🏽 Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future vi
When you first got diagnosed with #prediabetes or #Type2diabetes, did anyone ever tell you that going on a #keto diet or a #vegan diet would be THE end-all solution to fixing your diabetes? If so, you wouldn’t be the only one... 🤦🏻♀️ But who’s right? Which is the best diet for Type 2 diabetes? Well you are in luck! My latest YouTube video will answer all your questions about the keto diet vs. the vegan diet. If you enjoy the video, subscribe, leave a comment if you have an
Let’s be real for a moment: we all know that salads are healthier than pizza, and that fruits are healthier than donuts… yet sometimes we still eat pizza or donuts! Why? Because we are human! And that means that sometimes we give in to temptations and we indulge in a bit of dessert! Yes, even if you have #prediabetes or #Type2diabetes, you are allowed to indulge from time to time… No one is perfect and there is no such thing as “perfect eating habits”. The only thing that mat
Since we are in November 2020, it's not only the beginning of flu season, but we are still in the midst of this covid-19 pandemic... The risk of getting sick is unfortunately high these days, no matter how careful we are. 😷 If you have #Type2diabetes or #prediabetes, you not only have to manage your symptoms (like your fever, cough, or congestion) but you also have to manage your blood sugar levels, which tend to get out of balance real quick when you’re sick. 🤒 How do you
Today I want to talk about Metformin. If you have #Type2diabetes or #prediabetes, chances are you know what Metformin is… because it’s the most commonly prescribed medication for these conditions! As a pharmacist, I get a lot of questions about #Metformin. Usually, people are worried about its side effects. But from time to time, people who are about to take Metformin for the first time will also ask: "How long do I have to take Metformin for?" I have to admit: this is one of
I know so many people that simply hate or can’t stand needles... What about you, how do you feel about needles? If you have #prediabetes or #Type2diabetes, you’re unfortunately no stranger to needles. It all starts the day you get your first glucose meter and you are told to test your blood sugar at home. As a pharmacist, I’ve explained to many first-timers how to use a glucose meter and how to prick their finger. And I’ve heard many different reactions: “I need blood to test
Are you a big fan of PB&J sandwiches? Do you also get extremely passionate and defensive about PBJ sandwiches? I’m curious because I once had a client at the pharmacy ask me where she could find the “best supplements for prediabetes”. As I always do, I answered the question with even more questions… 😉 “Do you have prediabetes?
Have you done blood tests recently?
Why are you looking for supplements?
Do you take any medication?” The woman I was speaking with that day had just
I wanted to share with you the not-so-uncommon story of a man who came to the pharmacy last week while I was working. Let’s call him John. John is in his late 50s and had just received a prescription for insulin, written by the ER doctor. Before going to speak with him, I checked his file. I was expecting to see at least a couple of meds that he was already taking (you know… metformin, blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds…), but instead I saw nothing but the new insulin pres