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  • Editor's Note, DCMS #185

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    U-500 is a small word that causes a lot of fear in the hearts of some physicians, pharmacists and patients. This regular insulin marketed by Eli Lilly as Humulin R U-500 is without a doubt the hardest insulin to work with. Converting doses, figuring days supply, and writing directions can be very difficult for professionals who don't use this insulin often. This week, in our Disaster Averted, we look at what ISMP and Lilly are doing to try to eliminate these errors (http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/articles/86-practicum/16215). Our Homerun Slides bring together the use of Pharmacotherapy,…
  • Obesity 2014 - New Medical Therapies, Part 5

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    In this week's Homerun Slides continuing our series from Dr. Stanley Schwartz, we cover topics including the Benefits of Combined Treatment (Pharmacotherapy and Lifestyle Modification), a demonstation of how Obesity Requires Long-Term Care, and information on how Roux-en-Y surgery restores the incretin effect...
  • Joslin's Diabetes Deskbook, Updated 2nd Ed., Excerpt #43: Pharmacotherapy of Type 2 Diabetes, Part 2

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Richard S. Beaser, MD This week's excerpt covers the following topics: The mechanism of action for antidiabetes medications Which medications improve insulin action Which meds slow gastric absorption Which meds increase insulin secretion Which meds increase the effect of incretins How to compare diabetes meds
  • ISMP: Eli Lilly Working to Decrease Humulin R U-500 Errors

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP): Insulin errors are number #1 on the list of drugs with the most errors. A major cause for that is the use of U500 insulin. Because of that, Eli Lilly is developing a new way to inject U500 insulin to help prevent errors. Lilly is working to develop a prefilled pen designed to deliver Humulin R U-500 (insulin human), and the company is also working with a development partner on the design of a dedicated U-500 insulin syringe....
  • Philipp Scherer, PhD: What is the role of mitochondria in brown fat?

    22 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Dr. Philipp Scherer discusses mitochondrial function in fat cells and especially how brown fats cells seem to burn more energy than white. This is becoming a very active area of research and researchers are looking to study how it might be possible to optimize the rate that mitochondria can burn up excess calories....
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    DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

  • T2 Diabetes “Pee Drug” Useful for Type 1 Too?

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A little pee could go a long way in helping type 1s get their blood sugars in line. At least that’s what researchers think about the new class of drugs known as SGLT-2 inhibitors, which are designed for use in…The post T2 Diabetes “Pee Drug” Useful for Type 1 Too? appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Diabetes Advocate David Edelman On His New Industry Role

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our friend David Edelman is a rock star in the Diabetes Online Community, having co-created Diabetes Daily, one of the top community sites that has grown to include a huge number of forums, blog posts, recipes and useful tidbits for…The post Diabetes Advocate David Edelman On His New Industry Role appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Trouble with Dexcom G4 Transmitters (?)

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rarely do things actually go as planned when it comes to living with diabetes. Whether it’s ordering test strips or pump supplies, searching for answers from our insurance companies, or just the daily hurdles of trying to finetune carb-counting and…The post Trouble with Dexcom G4 Transmitters (?) appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Sunday Funnies: Shopper’s Delight

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
        When you have diabetes, “stocking up” can take on new meaning…     Now that’s taking “super-sized” to a level we can appreciate! Thanks to Jerry King, an accomplished worldwide cartoonist and regular contributor here at the ‘Mine.…The post Sunday Funnies: Shopper’s Delight appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Ask D’Mine: Anger Isn’t the Only Option (Part 1)

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome back to our weekly diabetes advice column, Ask D’Mine, hosted by veteran type 1, diabetes author and educator Wil Dubois. We received a note from a reader recently that just begged for attention. His query was so long, in…The post Ask D’Mine: Anger Isn’t the Only Option (Part 1) appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
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  • Male health linked to testosterone exposure in womb, study finds

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Men's susceptibility to serious health conditions may be influenced by low exposure to testosterone in the womb, new research suggests. Understanding why some men have less of the hormone than others is important because testosterone is crucial for life-long health. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Bariatric surgery health benefits: Is it bile acids at work?

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Bariatric surgery has positive effects not only on weight loss but also on diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have shown that the health benefits are not caused by a reduction in the stomach size but by increased levels of bile acids in the blood. These findings indicate that bile acids could be a new target for treating obesity and diabetes.
  • CT measures potentially dangerous arterial plaque in diabetic patients

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Imaging of the coronary arteries with computed tomography angiography provides an accurate assessment of arterial plaque and could have a dramatic impact on the management of diabetic patients who face a high risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events, according to a new multicenter study.
  • Prenatal risk factors may put children at risk of developing kidney disease

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Certain prenatal risk factors are associated with the development of chronic kidney disease in children, according to a study. Future studies should investigate whether modifying these factors could help protect children’s kidney health. Risks for certain types of kidney disease may arise before birth, and researchers suspect that the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) may be programmed prenatally. These may include birth weight, maternal diabetes, and maternal overweight/obesity.
  • New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    New early-warning signs of the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes have been detected by researchers. This discovery could have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, potentially impacting the care of over 25 million Americans. These important early-warning signs were invisible to existing diagnostic techniques, requiring new technology based on adaptive optics.
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  • Grief and Diabetes Management . . .

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    It’s been one piece of bad news after another around here over the past couple of weeks.  And I’m beginning to understand that grief sends my diabetes management in two completely different... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Two Diabetics, a Low and a Pizza Place . . .

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Imagine you head out for pizza with the love of your life, and every few minutes you hear your pump’s low alarm.  But when you check your pump, it wasn’t alarming.  That’s exactly what happened to me... Visit my blog to read more.
  • (Not Very) Wordless Wednesday - Crumpled

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    After inserting a new sensor yesterday I began getting “Sensor Error” messages during the warm-up period.  I called the HelpLine, who went over insertion techniques and did a bit more... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Wordless Wednesday - Be There

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    When the bad days are increasingly outweighing the good ones, it can help to know others understand.  Don’t miss this important Diabetes and Depression chat today on TuDiabetes. Visit my blog to read more.
  • Save The Date . . . .

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is already the first day of April.  (Especially since I’m looking out my window right  now to see flakes wafting down and the ground covered in white . . . . again... Visit my blog to read more.
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  • Take Care of Your Feet

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    My mentor would always say, "you can tell a great deal about someone's health by looking at their feet." It didn't take me long in the field of diabetes to understand what she meant by that. I have seen patients with amputated toes, foot injuries, fungal infections, bunions, ulcers, hammer toes, and corns. I have also seen people with beautiful feet-healthy, soft and peachy colored feet. The difference between the two? Chronically high blood sugars, elevated blood pressure, smoking and obesity can negatively impact your feet. If you are someone with diabetes, you are more susceptible to…
  • What Should You Eat for Lunch?

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Lunch can be a tough meal, especially if your work days are hectic. Packing a lunch is a good idea, because  bringing your own food saves on calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates and money. Leftovers are one of the best lunch options - convenient, tasty and efficient. I like to pack my lunch while serving dinner. I set aside a portion for the next day and don't have to think about it in the morning when I am pressed for time. Make it a goal to bring lunch at least three days a week.
  • Diabetes Risk Factors

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:59 am
    March 25th was Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 7 million people have diabetes and don't know it. Early detection of diabetes is important for preventing complications. Last week, I was working with a gentlemen referred to me for weight loss. He has a family history of diabetes and heart disease, and takes medicine for blood pressure and cholesterol. Because his doctor never tested him for diabetes, we arranged for him to have blood work this week. In the event that he has diabetes, we can start to treat it. Or, if his blood work indicates that he…
  • Tools for Detecting Low Blood Sugars

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    This week one of my patients was feeling a bit lethargic, but thought that she was just tired because she didn't sleep well the night before. The first thought that came to my mind was that her blood sugar was low. I asked her to take out her meter and test her blood sugar. Sure enough, it was low - 60. She was shocked. I gave her a 4oz juice box and we re-tested 15 minutes later.  Her blood sugar had risen to a safe level - 85. After some talking, we pinpointed the reason her sugar dropped - she took her diabetes medicine without eating. The medication she takes sends a signal to her…
  • Top Diet Resources You Need if You Have Type 2 Diabetes

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    Healthy eating and diabetes isn't always easy. Aside from having the food police knocking on your door, you are bombarded with perhaps too many resources. I know that may sound odd, but sometimes too many options is not a good thing.  With thousands of resources, it can be a tough job to weed out the credible ones from the gimmicks. The reality is that healthy eating and blood sugar control is specific to each individual. Everyone responds differently to certain foods. While one person may have a blood sugar spike when eating melon, another person does just fine. Experimenting with food…
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  • Recently diagnosed, challenged, or confused with Diabetes?

    Allie Beatty
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Diabetes can be overwhelming. Your medical team guides you on the clinical treatment of diabetes but the emotional support is paramount to the success of diabetes management. Having lived with diabetes since 1985, I can offer support to condition your way of thinking to thrive in life with diabetes.  My experience with diabetes has been an adventure. I’d be happy to share my diabetes journey and work with you on navigating yours. If you are newly diagnosed, have a loved one with diabetes, or would like to talk about an issue with diabetes, we’ll develop the best approach for…
  • Immune Vulnerability and Type 1 Diabetes

    Allie Beatty
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    Researchers have been able to identify what children may be at a higher risk for developing Type 1 diabetes. Given the higher risk predisposition, why is it some people develop T1D and others do not? Dr. Jessica Dunne, Senior Scientist of Prevention at JDRF, speaks with me about the work being done to better understand and correct the immune vulnerability related to T1D.
  • Diabetes Can Impair the Response to Exercise

    Allie Beatty
    21 Feb 2014 | 1:16 pm
    American Diabetes Association grant winner, Dr. Lauren Sparks, is an investigator at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. She tells me about her work to understand the mechanism of exercise in the body and how diabetes can affect the normal response to exercise.  
  • Game-Changing New Bsal Insulin

    Allie Beatty
    14 Feb 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The “holy grail” of basal insulin analogues would have vast duration, a gently rolling profile, and natural beauty in delivery. Peglispro is a novel basal insulin analog that may wear the crown. It is being studied for the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. David Kendall, distinguished medical fellow, Lilly Diabetes, speaks about the potential paradigm shifting basal insulin analog that may provide better glucose control and weight loss in people with diabetes.
  • Osteoclast Function in Diabetes

    Allie Beatty
    1 Feb 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Bones are important for support, protection, and mobility of the body. Diabetes can affect the body, including the bones. Dr. Shannon Wallet, Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, speaks with me about her work, funded by the American Diabetes Association, to better understand the mechanism of this impairment in people with diabetes and what can be done to replenish the weakness in diabetic bones.
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  • Sigh

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    I guess I relied on my doctor and wasn't proactive enough. I thought when I had my fasting tests done, they would call me if something was wrong, they never called so I thought everything was OK. Well, this is my punishment for trying to get healthy I guess. I am eating better, exercising and lost 43 lbs so far. I was told I have gallstones because I lost weight. What a vicious cycle. I was trying to get better not worse. But I made it worse somehow.
  • 14 years ago I witnessed....

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Good morning People Living With Diabetes!... or is it, Good morning People that are Diabetic? I witnessed an elderly woman cyber punch a young man on a Diabetes message board about 14 years ago about the correct terminology (right hand in the air). No joke. Thought I'd update everyone here at TU that knows me from a few years ago... IM ALIVE! yippee! Nothing worse than a member just dropping off the face of the earth. I am still on top of my Diabetes game (Rocky music plays), never felt better. I'm coming up on my 30 year anniversary living with the Type 1 Diabetes. Best 30 years of…
  • http://tamragarcia.blogspot.com/2014/04/i-am-living-proof.html

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when I was nine years old. I come from a family of many Type I's. I am told having so many members of the same family that are Type I diabetics is rare. There are five of us, myself, one of my brothers, my father, an aunt, and a cousin. Myself and my brother are the only two still living. My father passed away from a stroke, my aunt from kidney failure, and my cousin from complications of a staph infection, if I remember correctly. The point of this is to get you informed before I start to talk about what this post is actually about. You see, although I…
  • 28-Year-Old Erin Little Is Changing Diabetes Care in India

    Riva Greenberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This past January I spent 18 days in Bangalore, India, along with my husband who joined me, helping at a diabetes clinic for the poor. It all came about because I met an amazing young woman in our community, Erin Little. Erin is living in a small, patient room in the clinic and working tirelessly to get access to affordable health care to India's poor. India has the second highest growth of diabetes in the world and 70% of their population live in villages far from any doctor or clinic. Here is the story of Erin's amazing work and life which I posted on The Huffington Post this week. I hope…
  • Maybe my control isn't as good as I though It was

    Austin Pereira
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    I know I keep saying this but I really plan on getting this diabetes under "Real" control... looking at my recent summary I still have a bunch of work to do! Next one will be a big improvement, I have a Dr. appt in a few days, and I'm also going to try to start self adjusting. Got a couple books to help with that. I have a feeling that I need to work on my counting carbs, because 143 a day seems low. Anyone have any suggestions to bring up with my Dr. based on these results? Please let me know! -Thanks
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  • Where's Hannah?

    Hannah McDonald
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I broke my right humerus (upper arm) last Friday. I have surgery to fix it tomorrow. I sure do miss typing with two hands. See you soon, readers!<3Hannah
  • Teaching an Old Dork New Tricks

    Hannah McDonald
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    My tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth again. It wasn't the same kind of stuck you get when you eat a peanut butter sandwich with no drink.  It was that dry-yet-syrupy cling that comes along with a high blood sugar.  My Dexcom sensor had failed in the morning (more on that later), so I pulled out my kit, tested, and clocked in at about 350 mg/dl.I'd been crusing between 117 mg/dl and 160 mg/dl all morning, which were good-looking numbers for me compared to some I'd seen lately.  The culprit for the high, I believe, was putting sugar in my coffee and forgetting that fact.
  • Mind Your Manners, Miss[es & Misters]

    Hannah McDonald
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:10 am
    Gentle Advice Columnist:"Proper" etiquette may sometimes be in the eye of the beholder.  Not all people lift their pinkies when drinking tea.  Some people double-dip their buffalo wings in the shared dish of bleu cheese dressing without a single afterthought.  Some men will hold a door open for a woman and allow her to pass by, while others will hold it open about halfway until the woman takes over. (And until recently, Ms. Hannah did not realize it was potentially recognized as rude to wipe one's nose on a cloth restaurant napkin. Ms. Hannah was clearly born in a barn.)It…
  • Jerkuary

    Hannah McDonald
    27 Jan 2014 | 4:04 pm
    That's right, January.  You are dead to me.  You have been nothing but trouble, trial, and tribulation.How's that? you ask.This is the third time my car has been in the shop this month, possibly for all of the same problems each time.  This has resulted in less of a surplus than was planned this month, so some payments I was really hoping to double up on are not really getting anywhere.This is the month I've had to take a bus to the El train to another bus to get to/from work while my car is in the shop.  The total trip one way is about an hour and twenty minutes.Work…
  • Goodbye, 2013.

    Hannah McDonald
    30 Dec 2013 | 3:44 pm
    Out with the old; in with the new.  Sounds like a good plan to me.In 2013, I didn't blog as much as I wanted.  I renewed my URL, but never quite got it applied because of the hassle I was going through and a lack of time.  I allowed aspects of my struggling work life to interfere with the life I enjoy, but at the same time, I made a lot of changes for the better.  What happened that was notable?I was a reader on Live from the Kelly Writers' House on WXPN fm.I had a couple of poetry features in different places.I was published in APIARY Magazine, then later ended up joining…
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    The D-Log Cabin

  • Down

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    The phone rang,right on cue with my toddler's "waaaaaa"ing for some more juice.Deep breath. Check number. Pick up."hello?""Hi Heidi this is Dr. Nephrologist. Your mag is still low at 1.1 and there's something not right going on..how much mag are you getting?""4 grams a week.""I'm concerned you may have a malabsorption problem..you need to see your primary and a gastroenterologist,are you cramping?""All the time.""And I think you will need a port,because your veins are probably giving up by now.""Yes,"(fighting back the urge to bawl).."The pancreas is responsible for an endocrine function and…
  • Stuck

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Unless things really improve with my mag levels in the next 2 weeks, I'm going to have to get a port.(in my upper arm or chest) All my arm/hand veins are completely shot. Ports scare the bejabbers out of me,& I refuse to have one done. But magnesium has to get in somehow. I'm trying to supplement with fast-acting magnesium liquid,& I 'm going to talk to my doc about Epsom Salt soaks(that is a very iffy method of upping levels though and my doc said he once knew someone who did it so much she put herself in a high magnesium coma that led to death). My mag levels are being drawn weekly.(and…
  • The 31 Days of Blood Sugar Control

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    (28,29,30...as the case may be.Warning:the below post is about women stuff!!)If you don't have diabetes, or much of a relationship with a PWD..you are probably laboring under the assumption that blood sugar control is easy. You are either "in" or "out." (Think Top Chef) This is an assumption that has permeated every inch of society, to the point where even educating those willing to learn TAKES YEARS for them to get.(Namely,that blood sugars are a living,fluid thing...not at all static and stuck on "104") - you go low in the grocery store,a kind soul hands you a sugary drink..and assumes you…
  • The Permanence of Performance

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:15 pm
    They don't knowthat the pain I feelIs not from IV tracksUp and down my armsA disease unleashedMonsters knocking down my bodyMaking me fear the futureI only hope that I can die from diabetes in 30 yearsAnd not from plummeting magnesium levels."What does this doAnd this?!?"Uncharted watersNot easily measuredI trust my doctorBut I don't trust my body.There is no roadmapNo blueprint It is not diabetes,and Your Disease May Vary.Will it get betterWill it stabilizeCan I go to sleep without worryingCan my toddler know his mommy for a good long whileWill my husband still have a wifeCan I functionWill…
  • And the Winner is..

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    Alexis Nicole! Congrats and I'll contact you through FB!-Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
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  • If Something Doesn't Feel Right - Go With Your Gut & Get Checked Out - You're Worth It!

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    It's been an interesting few days since I last blogged!It all started Friday afternoon when I was walking home from work after my office closed early on Good Friday. Before work I’d dropped my car at the mechanic’s and it wouldn’t be ready until after 4pm. It was only a mile walk from work to my house, but 3/4’s in, the exterior portion of my foot starting hurting - Like really hurting. I chalked it up to my new orthotics. A few weeks earlier during one of my workouts, my right arch had started to hurt and I assumed it was nothing, until that same right arch started to…
  • Riddle Me This: How Would You Bolus For A Donnoli?

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    This is a Friday "fun" post based on a very real carb conundrum & a little slice of South Philly heaven known as the Donnoli~And for those naysayers who think a person with t1 diabetes ( or 1.5 or 2) for that matter can't eat a Donnoli - Think again!I work hard measuring out my meals, testing my blood sugars and having an electronic pancreas clipped to my hip. So when I do indulge in a tasty treat such as a donnoli - Know that I've worked damn hard to make it happen! ###  This above heavenly creation is a Donnoliphoto by John Colosi A Donnoli…
  • Diabetesalicious Lite: The D List Edition ~

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    For the record - This list is not in any ranking order- Except for the first one.First: Please go give our girl Heidi over At “The D-Log Cabin” some love and support because she could really use it!Second: I have a guest post up over at the Medtronic’s The Loop- Blog and it’s all about what’s in my handbag diabetes wise with some diabetes memories thrown in for good measure! So when you get the chance, stop over and give it a read - And thanks in advance :) Third: How does one take an antibiotic 4 times a day for three days?? Do I have to set my alarm clock to start…
  • Today's Official Hashtag: #dayofdiabetes

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Today and long with so many others in the Diabetes Online Community, I'm participating in the second annual #dayofdiabetes & will attempt to storify the outcome later.  Everyday in our lives involves diabetes - We never get a day off because diabetes never gives a break. But today is different, because not only is there an official hashtag, but it's pretty cool to see how all of our stories unfold re: diabetes through the various forms of Social Media through that one hashtag. For me, getting a visual re: how much time that we as individuals and as a community devote…
  • In Life With Diabetes, Small Medical Advances Aren't Small At All - Nor Are They Gadgets~

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Gadget:A mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article1. A small mechanical  device or appliance 2. Any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use.Synonyms: Contraption, whatsis, dohickey, thingamajig dictionary.comInsulin pump: A pump for delivering insulin in order to achieve tight blood sugar control and lifestyle flexibility while minimizing the effects of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The pump is composed of a pump reservoir similar to that of an insulin cartridge, a battery-operated pump, and a computer chip that…
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    Every Day, Every Hour, Every Minute

  • Pockets

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wearing an insulin pump certainly comes with its fair share of issues. They aren’t enough to make me think of every NOT wearing one, but there are issues. Something that you nearly always hear from women insulin pumpers is how annoying it is to wear a dress AND an insulin pump. In fact, I can’t even count the number of times this has come up in conversations that I’ve had with other women with
  • D-Sick Day

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I’ve written about the fine line between making people understand how complex and difficult living with diabetes is, while not letting them pity me or feel sorry for me. It is a never ending tightrope. I want to believe that I can do anything, in spite of diabetes. I DO believe that 99.999% of the time. Sure, there are pesky little things like being a pilot or being in the military, but I’ve
  • Help Out One of My Most Awesome Readers

    18 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    A few years ago I was seeing a play at a theatre near my home. It was full of kids, their annual "young person's" production. While I was watching (and enjoying) the show, I spotted something sticking out from under the shirt of one of the kids. I looked a little closer and spotted an INSULIN PUMP!  After the show, I sought out the girl, and thus started a friendship with her and her family.
  • No More Shame

    20 Feb 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Miss Manners, There's too much shame and stigma involved with diabetes. Some of it is external. Some of it is internal. But it is all very real to a person living with diabetes. People place blame on those living with diabetes. It must be your fault that you have diabetes. It must be your fault that your blood sugar is too low. Or too high. It must be because YOU did something wrong. Being a
  • Moving Mountains: Medtronic Diabetes Advocates Forum

    14 Jan 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Over the weekend I was invited by Medtronic to their 3rd Diabetes Advocate Forum. It was my first year attending. And I hope I did my best when tweeting the event (#MedtronicDAF) and now, as I share my thoughts with you all about what happened over the weekend. Full disclosure: Medtronic and Bayer paid for all of my transportation, lodging and food. They did not ask me to write anything. All of
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  • Serving is our path to wholeness

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    I've posted here before about holistic Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. Herself a patient with Crohn's disease since the age of 15, most of her work in medicine has been with patients at their ends of their lives with cancer. She has created a program, called Commonweal, for cancer patients to gather and experience healing, if not a cure. She has created The Healer's Art, a curriculum for doctors to gather and heal from their work: not being allowed to grieve for their patients, medicine's emphasis on science and dismissal of spirit and mystery, and from the medical system itself that stresses being…
  • The twelfth year of my 20-year overnight success: Broadening the bandwidth to Flourishing with illness

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    I just got back from the Netherlands. I went as a speaker in Novo Nordisk's 5th DAWN Summit. Doctors, patients, psychologists, policy-makers and researchers gathered from 33 countries for two days of idea-generation and planning how to improve the lives of people with diabetes. I met wonderful people equally committed to help people with diabetes live fuller, healthier, happier lives, including a noted Dutch psychologist, Frans Pouwer, who hearing of my Flourishing Approach now wants to research it.While in the Netherlands, I was also invited to speak to the leadership team of AstraZeneca,…
  • Elaine Stritch, 88 years young, type 2 and going strong

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A few days ago i saw the documentary film, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. I was bowled over. I first saw Elaine Stritch, singer, Broadway actress, comedian and larger than life figure, in the original production of Steven Sondheim's Company on Broadway. She stole the show.I must have been in my twenties, I have no recollection why I was at that show, it was much too intelligent for me at the time, but anyone who saw it couldn't help but be moved by a musical number that was Elaine's alone, "The Ladies Who Lunch." She commanded the stage and her deep throated voice grabbed out to the unsuspecting…
  • Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen talks about the art of living

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    I have been a fan of Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen since I first read her book, Kitchen Table Wisdom. It is a collection of stories about what she has learned from her patients. Most of whom are in the last stages of cancer.Remen herself has lived with Crohn's disease since she was in her twenties, yet her writing and her speaking is predominantly about the blessings in life that all too often most of us only see when we are at the end of it. The power of sharing our "stories," living with a sense of wonder and honoring each other.I was reminded of Remen by a recent contact I made, a woman who once…
  • Could you have diabetes or pre-diabetes? Check your risk rate.

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    1 in 4 of the 26 million people walking around with Type 2 diabetes don't know they have it. And most of the 80 million people with pre-diabetes have no idea their blood sugar is higher than normal and damaging their body.If diabetes runs in the family, you're overweight and/or not very active, you've got the three dominant risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. Take the American Diabetes Association's Risk Test right now and find out if you're at risk for type 2 diabetes. Just answer a few simple questions about your weight, age, and family history. If you find you are at risk, make an…
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    A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.

  • Just Talking with Parris Lilly

    Christopher Snider
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Parris Lilly returns to discuss Heartbleed, Game of Thrones, the summer movie season, and most importantly to help me build an exercise routine for the Spring and Summer months. Parris has gone through a number of significant lifestyle changes and I’m hoping I, and you, can come away with some useful tips by the time our hour is up. Enjoy! You can follow Parris on Twitter @vicious696 and learn more about his spring fitness exploits on Facebook. Download: Just_Talking-236-With_Parris_Lilly-042214.mp3 Run Time – 1:03:53 Send your feedback to feedback@justtalkingpodcast.com. Download…
  • A Nice Day For A Walk

    Christopher Snider
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    I decided to take a walk at the end of my work day. Thankfully I was smart enough to bring my camera with me. This is Sutro Heights Park. It’s a 5 minute walk from our apartment. From here, you can get an impressive view of Ocean Beach. And there’s some awesome remains from the 1885 still hanging around, like the Parapet. Oh, and I saw a Great Blue Heron. That was a nice surprise. Again, there’s really no excuse for not walking around and seeing more of these parks. Especially when they are so close.Filed under: I Learned Something Today Tagged: Awesome, great blue heron,…
  • Farmers’ Markets are Cool

    Christopher Snider
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    As suggested, if you have access to them, farmers’ markets are pretty cool. This past Sunday morning I came away with apples, strawberries, broccoli, green beans and sugar snap peas for $20. Sure, I could go into some soapbox-y speach about supporting local businesses and eating organic blah blah blah, but the truth is I feel better during the week when I actually come close to adhering to that “apple a day” nonsense you heard as a child. I feel better during the week when I regularly incorporate fresh vegetables into my dinners. I feel better knowing that I’m making…
  • A Brief Journey in Diabetes Advocacy

    Christopher Snider
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Last night I gave a presentation to some of Stanford’s Medical students as part of a Design for Health class taught by Medicine X Executive Director Dr. Larry Chu and Dr. Kyra Bobinet. The theme of last night’s class was Design for Wearables, featuring Dr. Matthew Diamond from Misfit Wearables. The class opened with my 5 minutes of fame, followed by Dr. Diamond’s talk, and ending with a questions and answers session that I moderated. I think it went well. Even though the subject and content of my presentation is basically second nature, I was incredibly nervous before the…
  • I Wrote About #dayofdiabetes for Symplur

    Christopher Snider
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    While I continue to update http://dayofdiabetes.tumblr.com with new entries from last week, I invite you to hop on over to Symplur to read a guest post I wrote about the social metrics to come out of last Thursday. They provided me with some very cool graphics, like the one below, and some insightful numbers that helped prop up some of my analysis of what happened. Image links to guest post on Symplur Here’s a snippet: My hope is that of those 2.5 million impressions, at least one of them helped someone new find the motivation to improve their own diabetes management. I hope that at…
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    D-Mom Blog

  • Walmart Juice Box Fail

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t do much shopping at Walmart, but when our supply of juice boxes is running low, that’s where I go. Walmart carries a package of Juicy Juice 4-oz. juice boxes that has four bricks of 8 juices each. It’s the cheapest I have found them. The 4-oz. juice boxes have 15 carbs each…perfect for treating a low blood sugar. And the package weighs a ton! Normally they are on the bottom shelf and I heave them up and into my cart. Well, when I went to Walmart this week to stock up, I noticed that some idiot decided to put them on the TOP shelf. See that stack of five green…
  • {Allergies} Nut Cross Contamination Where You Would Least Expect It: Great Value Drink Mix From Walmart

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know they say that you should “read the label each and every time,” but drink mix, like this Great Value drink mix purchased at Walmart, is the last place I would have expected to see possible cross contamination from milk, almonds, pecans, walnuts, wheat, and soy. I could see possible contamination from milk, but from tree nuts?! I appreciate that this had an allergy warning (by law they must list ingredients, but by law they do not have to list possible cross contaminants), but I don’t think I would have thought twice about giving my child with food allergies raspberry…
  • “Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills”: Why I Think The NYT Gets It Wrong (And Even The Editor’s Response Doesn’t Get It)

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    On April 6, the New York Times ran a front page article called “Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills.” Good news for people with diabetes and advocates, right? We are always saying we wish people better understood type 1 diabetes (and as opposed to type 2 diabetes). Maybe a paper like the very widely read NYT can make more people aware. But as I read the long article, it was apparent that the author just doesn’t get it, despite quoting patients, parents, and health professionals. You can read the article for yourself (and in the response, which isn’t…
  • 50+ Non-Candy Easter Ideas

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know you are fretting about what to give your child with type 1 diabetes or food allergies this Easter. Perhaps it’s your first Easter dealing with this medical condition and your anxiety is on high. Don’t worry. You’ve got this. Your child with diabetes or food allergies can have just as much fun because candy doesn’t have to be the focus. (And even before our own child’s diagnosis, candy wasn’t the focus in our family.) My suggestion is to treat all the kids equally. If one gets a chocolate bunny or Peeps, they all get a chocolate bunny or Peeps.
  • How A Low Blood Sugar Feels

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child. I know that each of us would take our child’s type 1 diabetes away from them in a second. And they are absolutely right when they say to us that we can’t possibly understand what it’s like to live with diabetes. We can certainly have empathy for all they must do each day to manage their diabetes even if we can never truly experience it. I can see changes in Q’s personality when her blood sugar…
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    Joslin Diabetes Center Blog

  • From Blogging to Books: Kerri Sparling Finds Balance in her Journey with Diabetes

    Joslin Communications
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Kerri Sparling is the author of the diabetes blog Six Until Me When Kerri Sparling, the voice behind the popular diabetes blog Six Until Me and author of the recently published book Balancing Diabetes: Conversations about finding happiness and living well, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, the easiest way for her to connect with the diabetes community was through a diabetes camp. After Sparling aged out of the camp, she found it difficult to find others who shared her experiences with diabetes, and she often felt isolated. “There was a long stretch of time where I was the only…
  • Good Luck to Team Joslin in the Boston Marathon Today!

    Joslin Communications
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Click the picture to go to the Team Joslin Fundraising page! We’ll be on the route, cheering on Team Joslin today! Joslin Diabetes Center is proud to have 15 people representing Team Joslin in the 2014 Boston Marathon. We wish our runners great success this Marathon Monday. Click here to learn more about the team or support them with a donation. Interested in joining Team Joslin? We are now accepting applications for the Falmouth Road Race and Marine Corps Marathon*! Contact Martha Andrews at Martha.Andrews@Joslin.Harvard.edu for more information! * No Federal or Marine Corps…
  • Finding Ways to Get Insulin to Targets Faster

    Joslin Communications
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Getting insulin to targets faster could help improve diabetes control It would be a glorious thing if we could find a biological cure for diabetes in the next score of years or even if a mechanical device such as the artificial pancreas could be ready for patient use in the foreseeable future.  In the meantime, as researchers and engineers struggle to land the big prize, others are working on making exogenous insulin delivery match more closely what happens in normal pathophysiology. “It would be a significant advancement when we find a way to improve insulin absorption so that it matches…
  • Watch Your Purse: Avoiding Diabetes Con-Artists and Health Scams

    Joslin Communications
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    When something sounds too good to be true...it probably is! Here are some tips for protecting yourself from diabetes scams. If you want to make a buck on the wrong side of the law, set your sights on older people with diabetes. Older people are prime targets for scams. The Wall Street Journal reported last December that one in every five Americans age 65 and older has been abused financially. Since one in four older Americans has diabetes, many of those targeted are people with diabetes. Losing money that you have set aside for health care expenses can lead to both financial ruin and poor…
  • Pump Fashion: Dressing with Your Device

    Joslin Communications
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    What can you wear that best conceals your pump? Your health care provider and your educators can give you the inside scoop on how the pump works and how to tweak your pump settings to get the best blood glucose readings possible. But blood glucose numbers aren’t your only concern when wearing a pump; sometimes you have to consider the fashion statement you are making and the operational pointers of living with a device attached to you. People who use oral agents or take insulin with a syringe or pen don’t have to worry about having a skin-tight personal relationship with an inanimate…
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    Strangely Diabetic ©

  • Void

    Scott Strange
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com I just want some solitude. Really, that’s all I want right now. And to stay in bed, to not have to get up, to not face today in the world. But what I really want is to be left alone and [...]
  • Patients for Clinical Research

    Scott Strange
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com I’ve recently accepted a Community Leader position with a start-up, Patients for Clinical Research, whose goal is to is to make clinical research accessible to all who can benefit from or take part in the research process. Our mission statement: Patients [...]
  • Cataracts are Depressing

    Scott Strange
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:51 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com A few weeks ago, I wrote about needing cataract surgery and the fear that I had about it. The surgeries went well and I am the proud owner of new intraocular lenses. This is a complication of diabetes, so often considered a failure, so needing [...]
  • Responding to the Response to the Re… Ah Crap, Just Read It

    Scott Strange
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:35 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com Last week’s DOC response to Miss Manners advice to a diabetic traveler was often emotional but consistently said that her advice was wrong and hurtful. Then there were some very thoughtful responses to that DOC response itself from folks like Chris, Sara, Kari calling out [...]
  • I Wasn’t Being Polite, Miss Manners

    Scott Strange
    20 Feb 2014 | 11:06 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com Miss Manners, in a brilliant failure of advice, tells a traveler that he would be very impolite to test his glucose in public saying Restrooms exist to provide a proper location for such necessary activities when away from home, and those [...]
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    Opposite Life

  • Participants Needed for a Research Study: Diabetes and Future Pregnancy

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    Popping in from my slacking off in blogging busy day job life to let you all know that participants are needed for a research study on diabetes and future pregnancy.I was contacted recently by Carrie Grady, a graduate student at Drexel University.  In her email, she wrote:I am working on my Master’s thesis research project that studies women with diabetes’ perceptions of becoming pregnant. Many women with diabetes have reported a poor knowledge of the risks of hyperglycemia during pregnancy, a lack of information about planning a pregnancy from health care providers, and unsupportive…
  • Race Report: Foster City 10 Miler and 5K (January 12, 2014)

    19 Jan 2014 | 11:14 am
    Or, "Dead Last Finish" Trumps "Did Not Start!"I was feeling really great about running after the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run last fall.  I'd finished my Couch to 5K program (I used, and enjoyed, the 5k101.com podcast series to train).  I went for a run one morning about a month after the race, full of plans to gradually keep improving my 5K racing time, then *TWONG*!  Something tweaked in my lower leg about halfway through my run.  I thought walking it out might help, but no, when I tried running again, the pain came back.  I limped home, feeling rather discouraged. I…
  • Going to FitBloggin' 14? Here Are Some Tips from a FitBloggin' First-timer

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:00 am
    As you probably know, the location of FitBloggin' 14 will be Savannah, Georgia!  Check out Roni's page at http://fitbloggin.com/ for details.  Are you considering going (especially after reading about my adventures at FitBloggin' 13)?  Here are some advice and thoughts from my experience as a first-timer.Stay at the conference hotel, or at least at a hotel where other FitBloggin' attendees are staying.  If you're feeling really brave, reach out to other attendees and share a room.  I didn't do this, and while I loved having time with my local friend, I felt a little…
  • FitBloggin' 13 ("What, not a New Year's Post?!?")

    3 Jan 2014 | 9:14 pm
    "We write to taste life twice. Once in the moment and once in retrospection."- Anais Nin, A New WomanSo here I am, half a year later, trying to recap FitBloggin'.  It's harder than I thought it would be, for such a memorable event.  Not sure if it's because I'm afraid of getting some fact wrong, forgetting to mention any of the wonderful people I met, or simply rambling too much.  So rather than give a sequential account of things, I'm going to talk about what I LOVED about the conference and what I would tell another first-timer to the conference.13 Things I Loved about…
  • 2013 Senior Coastsiders Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run 5k

    20 Oct 2013 | 12:04 pm
    Well, house painting awaits, but I had to pop in and post about the 2013 Senior Coastsiders Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run/Walk!  Wow, can't believe it's my 5th event - I ran in 2008, 2009, walked it in 2010, ran again in 2011, took 2012 off...and here we are in 2013!I love this race - it was the first one I did when I was regaining my fitness, and so it has a special place in my heart. My fitness really plummeted in 2012, so I fired up the 5k101.com podcasts and started training - just finished week 8, day 2 on the Thursday before the race, so this event was "graduation".  I did the…
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    Battle Diabetes

  • Mediterranean diet can slow diabetes progression

    Mara Tyler
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Research has shown that a Mediterranean diet can help prevent both pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and now a new study suggests that eating this way - lots of olive oil, fish, whole grains, and nuts - can also help slow the progression of type 2 diabetes. An eight-year trial published in the journal Diabetes Care found that participants who followed a Mediterranean diet could go signficantly longer without needing diabetes medication. Additionally, those who ate this way were more likely to go into remission from the disease compared with people in the study who were eating a low-fat diet.
  • Study: vitamin D does matter when it comes to glucose control

    Mara Tyler
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    A new study from the University of Maryland sheds more light on the relationship between vitamin D and glucose control. According to the study, women with a blood vitamin-D concentration at or above 26 ng/mL had lower body fat and blood glucose, as well as lower insulin and triglyceride levels than women with lower levels of vitamin D. Currently, the Institute of Medicine recommends 20 ng/mL, while the Endocrine Society recommends 30 ng/mL. "Our results...suggest that the [Institute of Medicine recommendation] of 20 ng/mL is probably too low," lead author John D. Sorkin told Medscape Medical…
  • Must I test Before Meals Too?

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Over a decade ago I learned this advice from a wise lady named Jennifer: Test, Test, Test. These days I endeavour to pay it forward by passing that on to every newly diagnosed person I encounter who is prepared to read it or listen to it. In that respect I am a testing evangelist ‘spreading the word’ although I do not press the point if the person does not want to hear it. My reasons are simple: twelve years later I am still awaiting the development of complications. When I look back to the day I first read it in 2002 I am quite convinced reading those words saved my life. Not all…
  • Living with Diabetes: Young Adults Share Their Experiences (Video)

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Young men and women get real and talk about what life is like with diabetes, how it truly affects them, and what they do to manage their diabetes. More Videos
  • Can Diabetes Be Prevented and Treated with Natural Medicine?

    Diane Wadhwa
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and controlled with "natural medicine," but there are other factors that play into the development and progression of the disease. You may not think of food as natural medicine, but diet is important in controlling type 2 diabetes. As soon as you are diagnosed with this type of diabetes, your doctor will recommend a healthful diet that is balanced with protein, carbohydrates and fats. You will be told to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and to include whole grains in your diet. You will also be told to avoid foods that are high in sugar and/or…
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    Diabetes in Spain

  • 16 Today

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I thought I would break a habit of a lifetime and blog today. Today marks 16 years of Diabetes for me. It feels as though that those 16 years have flown by! I will most likely celebrate by having wild glycemic excursions throughout the day possibly throwing in a carb laden donut in there somewhere! In other news, today marks St. George’s Day in England and also the Catalan version of Valentines Day in Barcelona. That’s all for now folks! Take care and bolus like mad…. Elgringo The post 16 Today appeared first on Diabetes in Spain. By Mike
  • elgringo bike announcement

    31 Jul 2013 | 10:00 am
    Hi everyone Hope you are all enjoying your respective summers or winters for those in the southern hemisphere. I real quick announcement from me today. Due to personal and work commitments, I have reluctantly withdrew from the mHealth Grand Tour this coming September. Although a very small amount of cash was raised (lessons learnt) for the ride, I really want to place on record my thanks to all of you who have made donations, offered words of support and shared my stories/posts. I am somewhat embarrassed about this post, almost ashamed but I have had no choice but to withdraw.  I hope you…
  • Biking In Spain With Diabetes

    18 Jun 2013 | 7:19 am
    Hello gang!  Hope you are all doing fine. As some may know, I am currently training for a Charity Bike Ride – #mHealth Grand Tour where my aim is to raise as much cash for various charities including #TeamBG, FEDE and Proyecto Paula. Anyway the focus of the post is to update you about my early experiences cycling both on and off road here in Spain. As a complete novice at this biking thing, I’ve managed to blag some basic equipment like a Mountain Bike, helmet and some advice and hey ho off we go! I started off just trying to get my legs moving again, whilst also developing my…
  • Elgringo Goes Biking

    3 Jun 2013 | 11:38 am
    Howdy Folks, yep you heard that correct! Elgringo goes biking! Yikes, what have a I let myself in for???  Answers on a postcard please. So the big announcement is that I will be riding Stage 4 on the mHealth Grand Tour in September.  Oh that’s September this year (2013) by the way.  Oh by the way that is 500kms in 3 days!!!! I’m not entirely sure why I have agreed to do this.  Partly to get my ass off the chair, get outside and ultimately lead a slightly healthier lifestyle. I have certainly been motivated after reading accounts of other peoples endeavors, whether that be 5k…
  • Fifteen

    23 Apr 2013 | 4:52 am
    It’s been a while and it feels like I need to start writing in some form.  So, this is me trying to get life back on track. It also happens to my “Diabetes Birthday” having reached the grand old age of 15 years with Diabetes.  I’m still here, eyes are ok at the moment, limbs are on by a thread! So how should I celebrate, I wrote about earlier years like 2010 or maybe like 2011.  Better still why not have a Chocolate Bizcocho and light it up!  Still undecided this year though… Until then Saludos St George’s Cross On a side note today is also St…
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    MV Hospital

  • FAQ’s on Eye Screening

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    What is diabetic Retinopathy? When the network of tiny blood vessels in the retina leak or become blocked due to high blood glucose levels, it is called Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is generally a progressive disease and begins with minor changes such as micro aneurysms formed on tiny capillaries and dot and blot haemorrhages. At this stage the vision might not be affected.
  • Nutrition Therapy

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    For most people with diabetes what to eat is the most challenging part of managing their condition. The American Diabetes Association suggests there is no ‘one size fits all ’eating pattern for them. Adults diagnosed with diabetes should Eat a variety of nutrient dense foods in appropriate portions as part of an eating plan that takes into account individual preferences, culture

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:42 am
    With the current preoccupation with obesity and overweight, fats are being considered as something to avoid. However, don’t completely cut out fats from your diet. They play an important role in keeping the body healthy.  Why fats are important… FATS… provide energy for all body functions, and are a reserve of energy when stored in the body. support health  
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in Diabetes

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:50 am
    (Median nerve dysfunction; Median nerve entrapment) Ms. Seena Rajsekar, Ms.S. Bamila Podiatry Dept.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. The condition occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and

    2 Mar 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Most nutrients don’t work on their own. They interact- sometimes working together and at other times hindering each other. Combining foods can increase their nutritive value which is very good for health. Foods that don’t complement each other when eaten can cause digestive discomfort such as bloating , flatulence and even an upset stomach.  It is therefore important to plan your meals and eat
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  • Dear Usher and The Diabetes Community…

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Usher, a music celebrity and judge on The Voice, revealed yesterday that one of his sons had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the last year. The Diabetes Online Community was all a-twitter at the news and my news feeds on FB were clogged with “Hey, look at this interview!” Dear Usher, Diabetes sucks. […]
  • Sometimes It Is My Fault…

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    It was an idyllic day yesterday. Good cups of coffee, a happy daughter, jovial husband, and a trip to the park. The light breeze complimented the sunny warmth and I felt…content. “You want to go get some ice cream?” I like ice cream. With some foods, I never quite know what will happen with my […]
  • Diabetes Hurts

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Diabetes hurts. I’ve never heard anyone describe injecting insulin as graceful or gentle. The needle bears down onto unblemished skin that begs to not be pierced. Nerves scream in anticipation as the metal bores underneath, invading the sacred temple of the body and pushes the very cells that give me corporal nourishment. It sears and […]
  • A Beeping Mess

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    I’m a beeping mess right now. And beeping is not a substitution for an expletive, although it could be. Since my trial of the Medtronic MiniMed 530G with Enlite, I’ve become my own electronica band, beeping melodically throughout the day and night. No rhyme or reason, thus no rhythm at the beginning, but I’m starting […]
  • The Worst Godmother Ever…

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Today is my thirty-first diaversary. I’ve already shared my story about that day and the days to come, but today, I’ll share a different story. Happy Eleventh Birthday, Colin. On my twentieth diaversary, the call came in from your mom that she was in labor and that I better get on over to the hospital. […]
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