Safer Cold and Flu Meds

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about already, February is traditionally the peak of flu season. Not only can a flu (or cold) make you miserable, some popular medications for symptom relief can raise blood sugar levels. Fortunately, consumers who have prediabetes or diabetes have options for safer over-the-counter medications, according to JerryRead more

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

In July 2015, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. A yellow light started flashing, a warning that Type 2 diabetes may be around the bend. Like many people with prediabetes, I left the doctor’s office nervous and knowing nothing. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes will get you expert education that is paid for by insurance; ifRead more

Healthy Chex Mix for Snacking Season

  Winter slogs on. The Super Bowl and Olympics beckon; time for a cozy snack. For weeks now, I’ve craved Chex Mix. This craving has come from I-don’t-know-where. Was it the prominent holiday displays of Chex Mix ingredients at the grocery? Beats me. I rarely eat the snack because it’s unhealthy. I decided to tinkerRead more

The Biscuit Incident

Eating for health or eating for fun? When on the road, meals can turn into a showdown for someone who has prediabetes. For instance, there was that recent Biscuit Incident in Conover, N.C. On the way to Gatlinburg, my husband and I stopped at a nice hotel for the night. In the morning, I went toRead more

Fidget Food for Stress Eaters

  A registered dietitian once gave me wonderful, realistic encouragement about dealing with my habit of stress eating. Her radical advice? Work with my habit, rather than try to completely stop it. When I developed gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy, I was told I was at higher risk to develop diabetes later in life.Read more

Back from “Vacation”

I’ve been absent from this blog for a long while, enjoying an unexpected “vacation” from prediabetes. For almost two years, my Ha1C (an average of the body’s blood sugar levels) was  under 5.7. Any number under 5.7 is considered normal; 5.7 – 6.4 is prediabetes. My worry about high blood sugar – gone. Since myRead more

Ho, ho, no – Holiday food gifts

  What do Harry and David’s chocolate-drizzled Moose Munch, a pecan pie and a gift box of specialty pasta have in common? All are recent holiday gifts to prediabetic Yours Truly. People mean so well when they give food gifts for Christmas and Hannukah. They probably don’t know that some people have health conditions they don’t advertise.Read more