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  • Back to School Tips for Diabetes Management: Teacher Edition

    Joslin Diabetes Center Blog
    Joslin Communications
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Talk to your child's teacher about diabetes before the school year starts so everyone is on the same page All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about heading back to school with diabetes. This story was originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013. With the first day of school quickly approaching, preparation for the new school year is already underway. For parents of children with diabetes, this preparation includes opening a line of communication with their child’s teacher to ensure that he or she understands basic diabetes management for their student. Jennifer Griffin, M.S.,…
  • Acclimating

    Diabetesaliciousness ©
    k2
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I spent a few hours this weekend cleaning out my old car and getting it prepped to give to my nephew. In the process I found my favorite beaded flip-flops from 5 years ago shoved under the driver’s seat. And in the glove compartment I found a bag of petrified Jellybeans I’d used to treat a few lows from a few Easter's ago. In the console I unearthed a spare pair of cheap sunglasses, a hard-as-nails Lara bar that must have been four years old, along side a long ago roll of expired glucose tabs, Tropical Fruit flavored. I also found two unopened infusion sets…
  • T1D Diagnosed in my Toddler 10 Years Ago Today

    Diabetes Life Balance
    Wendy Morgan
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Happy 10 year Dia-versary to my now 13 year-old daughter and Type 2 Dia-versary to my husband.My daughter was just three when she couldn't stop drinking or peeing and my husband decided to take her blood sugar. It said, "Hi." He didn't believe it, so he took his own. It said, "257." Clearly, the meters were broken.He tried again with my other meter. Same results. I remember the phone call that drained the blood from my body. The wave of fear that hits like a tsunami. I almost slid under my desk.My husband asked me when trying to get pregnant what the chances were of having a kid with T1D. I…
  • About Stanford Medicine X’s Global Access Program

    A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.
    Christopher Snider
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Last week I spoke with Dr. Mike Sevilla about Medicine X and my cats distracting me in front of a webcam. But mostly about Medicine X. Here’s the video. The big takeaway is that Medicine X has something called a Global Access Program that features a livestream of all sessions in the main hall for the entire conference. For free. If you’ve ever had a passing interest in anything I’ve had to say about Medicine X, you should sign up – it’s free. If you applied for an ePatient Scholarship but didn’t make the final cut, you should sign up – it’s…
  • Means and Ends

    Strangely Diabetic ©
    Scott Strange
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com I recently attend the annual Friends for Life Conference in Orlando. This was my 4th year and I usually really enjoy it and come back recharged. While I enjoyed chatting with folks and catching up and needed the few sessions I did attend, [...]
 
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  • Editor's Note, DCMS #202

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    MODY, cystic fibrosis, and Wolfram syndrome all have something in common. Believe it or not, they are all a form of diabetes. This week, our Clinical Text from the Handbook of Diabetes looks at these and other types or non-traditional causes of diabetes (http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/articles/85-clinical-gems/16772-handbook-of-diabetes-4th-edition-excerpt-7-other-types-of-diabetes). Our Homerun Slides focus on how to properly diagnosis diabetes using the beta cell gene construct…
  • IDF Diabetes Atlas - Middle East and North Africa

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Diabetes is a huge and growing problem, and the costs to society are high and escalating. In the Middle East and North Africa, 1 in 10 adults has diabetes. The Top 5 countries for prevalence in this region are: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, bahrain, and the united Arab Emirates. To find out more, follow the link. You can also downoad a PDF for posting in your office....
  • Stanley Schwartz, MD: Classifying Diabetes Types, ADA 2014, Part 3

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    In this week's Homerun Slides, Dr. Stanley Schwartz continues his exploration of a beta-cell centric classification model for diabetes and includes a detailed diagram explanation featuring the Egregious Eleven....
  • Handbook of Diabetes, 4th Edition, Excerpt #7: Other Types of Diabetes

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Rudy Bilous, MD, FRCP Richard Donnelly, MD, PHD, FRCP, FRACP Maturity-onset diabetes of the young Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) owes its name to a time when diabetes was defined by age of onset. The nomenclature has stuck, however, and MODY defines usually non-insulin dependent diabetes occurring before the age of 25 years and with a striking autosomal dominant inheritance. Beta-cell dysfunction is usually present but in contrast to type 2 diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance are unusual. MODY accounts for about 1 – 2% of patients with diabetes in most white Europid…
  • Terry Gregg, CEO, Dexcom: Avoiding Hypo's with CGM and the Increasing Importance of Keeping ...

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Terry Gregg, CEO, Dexcom, talks about the reduction in hypo's with better monitoring technology. This can also result in significant cost savings and Dexcom will hopefully be starting a study later this year examining the cost components of their products, and how to ensure that they are part of the solution not part of the problems. ...
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    DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

  • Patient Voices Winner Heather Gabel Wears Many Advocacy Hats

    AmyT
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re happy to feature one more of our 2014 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Scholarship Contest winners today — another empowered advocate who’ll be attending our Innovation Summit in November. Meet fellow type 1 Heather Gabel, who’s been featured here at the…The post Patient Voices Winner Heather Gabel Wears Many Advocacy Hats appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • What I Learned About the Affordable Care Act at AADE 2014

    WilD
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    At the recent American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) meeting, the Affordable Care Act and the changes it’s bringing to our country’s healthcare landscape were of course top of mind. Our correspondent Wil Dubois was on the scene, having already…The post What I Learned About the Affordable Care Act at AADE 2014 appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Diabetes Votes Needed: #ShowMeYourPump For Miss America!

    MikeH
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    By now, you’ve probably heard about the young PWD (person with diabetes) from Idaho who’s competing to become the next Miss America. Yep, the 20-year-old’s name is Sierra Sandison, and she’s been living with type 1 since she was 18.…The post Diabetes Votes Needed: #ShowMeYourPump For Miss America! appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Sunday Funnies: Blood Sugar Radar

    AmyT
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      Test, Don’t Guess… unless you have this kind of special ability:     Thanks again to cartoonist Terry Keelan, a fellow type 1 living in Southern California, for this latest addition to his growing collection of diabetes superhero illustrations.…The post Sunday Funnies: Blood Sugar Radar appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Ask D’Mine: Do T1 Gals Build Better Babies?

    WilD
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Need help navigating life with diabetes? Or just have questions you don’t know whom to ask? Welcome to Ask D’Mine, our weekly advice column, hosted by veteran type 1, diabetes author and educator Wil Dubois. This week, Wil takes on…The post Ask D’Mine: Do T1 Gals Build Better Babies? appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
 
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  • Dompé Earns Orphan Drug

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    An Italian-based pharmaceutical company with subsidiaries in New York has been granted orphan drug status for a new drug to treat neurotrophic keratitis, a rare degenerative corneal disease that impacts less than 1 in 5,000 people worldwide.
  • Researching the Cure Beyond The Mouse

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    For most of us with diabetes, diabetes cure research can feel like it's moving at a glacial pace. If you're a mouse, it's probably pretty exciting, considering researchers are discovering new ways to cure you almost every day. But what progress is being made in curing this disease? Is anyone moving beyond the lab rats and into people living with diabetes? The good news is yes, and there are a lot of people working on finding a cure, and many of them have started or will be starting clinical research in humans soon.
  • Newly Discovered Virus Linked To Obesity

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you thought your obesity and type 2 diabetes diagnoses were genetic “gifts” from your family, it could be a virus instead.
  • Diabetes Health: Diabetes Symptoms Crossword Puzzle Solution for #16

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you would like to sign up to receive a weekly puzzle, please email puzzle@diabeteshealth.com. In the subject area write "add me to your weekly word puzzle list." If you would like us to create a puzzle for you and our players, send your 8 words to puzzle@diabeteshealth.com and we will post your challenge online. In the subject area write, "create my special puzzle". We can all have fun posting and solving your crossword puzzle.
  • Diabetes Health: Diabetes Symptoms Crossword Puzzle #16

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Test your knowledge to see how well you understand Diabetes Symptoms.
 
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    Bitter-Sweet™

  • What’s That Wednesday - Just Keep Swimming . . .

    Karen
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    Back in 2010, Pete and I ran a few 5K races.  I was slow and I took a lot of walking breaks, but I really did enjoy it.  But then we took a four year break.  (I don’t know why, but we did). This... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Guest Post: Spring Rains . . . .

    Karen
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Every year during Diabetes Blog Week I get to meet a few members of the DOC I hadn’t had an opportunity to interact with - and I love it!!  This year one of the people I got to meet was Rick Phillips... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Exhausted . . . . .

    Karen
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    I feel very lucky that the people in my life do their best to understand how tough diabetes can be sometimes and to support me when I need it.  But no matter how hard they try, I feel like they won’t... Visit my blog to read more.
  • What’s That Wednesday - Solution or Problem

    Karen
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    So I’ve given up calling posts “Wordless Wednesday” because I’m pretty sure I am never, ever Wordless.  Instead I’ve come up with “What’s That Wednesday” since I always show you a picture and then... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Going Old School . . . .

    Karen
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    ****  Happy #dblogcheck day!!  And a big thank you to Hannah and Chris for helping motivate us (okay, okay, ME) to stop slacking on leaving blog comments. **** When I was younger, and the... Visit my blog to read more.
 
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    Everyone's Blog Posts - Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes

  • Diabetes and The Body Politic…What does it mean?....

    Judith in Portland
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Okay. The hard ones, the immediate ones first: What does it mean here in the USA that a day arrived where I could honestly sigh in relief that—"whew, whatever else that has occurred that is horrible, at least none of our law enforcement officers beheaded anyone today." ?.... As a child of the 60s with emotional wounds from losses on both sides of those barricades (med-evac pilot lover lost in 'Nam/brain damaged protestor from a police billy club at the Dem convention in '68 who was a best friend and never the same), what it means is we need broader, more deeply felt, body deep connections.
  • Had. my. surgery

    Sensorium139
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    So far, not too bad recovery wise. I thought i couldn't breathe after anesthesia, but fine now. I had to fight for lantus as my current nurse refused based on lows in the morning, despite easy correction and great numbers all day. Had to beg a doctor for 5 units, won then. They also refused to do an insulin to carb ratio, only sliding scale. Hospitals are the worst.
  • ADA 2014: Scientific Study Shows Support Groups Are Good For You!

    joshualevy
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    As Dave Berry used to say "I'm not making this up!".  There was a study presented at ADA 2014 where the researchers offered college aged (18-25) people with type-1 diabetes a weekly "diabetes club" where they could interact with others who had type-1, ask questions, and hear 15 minute talks on topics of interest.   The people who attended these meetings lowered their A1c numbers by about 1.2, which was statistically significant compared to the people who did not attend.  As a general rule, the FDA considers drugs that lower A1c by 0.5 to be effective, so this result would be more than…
  • solidarity….

    edenseffort
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    It was that time again today… Time to change Eden's pump site and refill the insulin stored in her pump. (you can read more about it here) 2 days goes by SO QUICKLY…. Eden doesn't like it - she casually said, I don't like my pump then followed by I don't like shots either.. Sorry kid - it's one or the other to stay alive In solidarity I offered to put in a pump site too.. D-dad and I have done it before, but it was a long time ago when she first got connected to her pump. Me on the left - Eden on the right As I stared down at my exposed belly getting ready to insert the big needle into…
  • My First Colonoscopy

    meee
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Well, today, I finally had my first colonoscopy and my first endoscopy type test after a horrific experience the last time I had one several years ago. I'm so happy to say that it went very well and everything is ok with my colon etc. Everyone was so nice at the hospital and they addressed my concerns really well. I had several nurses attending to me and interviews with the attending anesthesiologist and nurse anesthesiologist. Some were interested in my IBG star meter. As the nurse anesthesiologist who actually monitored me gave me the propofol I asked, worrying yet again that I may not be…
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    The D-Log Cabin

  • Dear Fellow PWD

    HVS
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Dear Person With Diabetes,I am you. I have lived with this disease for almost 16 years..I have highs, I have lows. I know that this struggle is very,very real. I hate it,as you do. I know that it doesn't lend itself to "control." But I need to tell you something, the rest of America seems to be a bit confused on all things diabetes.(No, insurance does not always cover "necessities." Grrrrr.)We, the people who actually sometimes give a darn,know things. We know that strips can be wildly inaccurate, we know that it's entirely possible to go from 80 to 30 in less then 15 minutes, we know…
  • Owning the Number

    HVS
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    " This your number. Now own your number." That's what TV extreme weight loss guru Chris Powell tells each of the people stepping onto the scale for perhaps the first time in years. They are scared and ashamed. They cry. And they hate,hate,hate their bodies and themselves (and him)and that life could get to that point.But that number is a starting point in their journey,and they take that number and work towards making it lower. They must feel like it's impossible and sucky and there are a thousand million reasons (this is sounding so,so familiar...I am so the Queen of diabetes excuses)WHY…
  • A Matter of Spine

    HVS
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Last week, I went to the chiropractor..despite my feelings that they are kind of snake oil medicine people.(one would think that they'd be learning something during those 4 years...they are "doctor" after all) But anyhoo, I went, because I have been ignoring my back for years..in hopes that it would just eventually magically get back in shape.(This is really NOT a good idea, much like ignoring your teeth and never getting to a dentist is..problems just cascade from there.) But I finally decided that if there were a chance NOT to have to live the remainder of my days with shooting,burning…
  • Summer Dayz

    HVS
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Still here, still kickin.' Summer is flying by..and we still haven't made it to a beach. We have made the annual "Trip to the Zoo" and the "Trip to the National Aquarium" though. (During the three weeks that my MIL came to visit.) Whereas last year young J wouldn't even look at an animal, this year he got more into things...petting the goats at the petting zoo, pointing to the birds, and baaaaing at the goats. He is still a toddler,and would far rather run around (sans protective hat) screaming "Runnnnnn" at the top of his lungs but it's nice that he's actually interacting more now.I finished…
  • FFL: Touching the Elephant

    HVS
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    There's this common misperception that CWD friends for life is just for kids with diabetes,and their families.But it's so much more complex then that. FFL is many things to many people,depending on your social 'sphere.If you grew up with it,you are pressed into service for free labor.(as a young adult)If you are a sponsor,it's an excuse to go out with your buddies at the end of the day & unwind at the hotel bar.If you are in the DOC (blogger,etc.) it's a place of great support & one of the few places where everyone else is just like you.If you are a parent, it's where you find support,and…
 
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    Diabetes Life Balance

  • T1D Diagnosed in my Toddler 10 Years Ago Today

    Wendy Morgan
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Happy 10 year Dia-versary to my now 13 year-old daughter and Type 2 Dia-versary to my husband.My daughter was just three when she couldn't stop drinking or peeing and my husband decided to take her blood sugar. It said, "Hi." He didn't believe it, so he took his own. It said, "257." Clearly, the meters were broken.He tried again with my other meter. Same results. I remember the phone call that drained the blood from my body. The wave of fear that hits like a tsunami. I almost slid under my desk.My husband asked me when trying to get pregnant what the chances were of having a kid with T1D. I…
  • T1 Traveler...I Had Issues: Part II

    Wendy Morgan
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    We are at the airport in Costa Rica and my blood glucose has been running kinda high all morning. I corrected on the drive (2 1/2 hours), but we also stopped and got snacks. Waiting at the gate for the flight I see the double up arrows and realize I need an infusion set now.I open my carryon, pull out my supply bag and guess what? No infusion set. I have everything on earth! But no infusion set. So, I quickly decide to go on Lantus. I bolus, give shots for my high BG and everything worked out ok. I still had my CGM connected, so I could monitor the results.I didn't realize until a few years…
  • T1 Traveler...I Had Issues: Part 1

    Wendy Morgan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Howdy all! I just got home from Nosara, Costa Rica with my family. It was an amazing trip, but can one ever travel so far from home without incident? Hell, no! One thing I am glad about is that it was me and not my daughter with the problems. I know myself and can judge from the inside what to do next.So, I was prepared. Really prepared. Tons of supplies and insulin. Blood ketone meter. Lots of back up, so running out of stuff wasn't an issue.Playa Pelada, Nosara, Costa Rica by Wendy L. Morgan My daughter loves to surf. This is partly why we chose our destination. I had to get it all on…
  • New Tool: Sugar Surfing - The Book

    Wendy Morgan
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    I just discovered this book that is set to come out in the near future and thought it might be of interest. It is written by Stephen W, Ponder, MD, who has had diabetes nearly 50 years and is a pediatric endocrinologist north of Austin. I've seen him speak several times and I love his perspective on diabetes care. The project is fully funded, but you all may be interested in picking up a copy. I've learned more than a few helpful things from his Facebook page and blog, The Power Within, and I bet the book will be cool. One of my favorite tips I learned was when high from a pump occlusion,…
  • T1 Teen's First Night at Camp with Major Hypoglycemia

    Wendy Morgan
    8 Jun 2014 | 9:57 pm
    I get a frantic text (6 or 7 actually) about 10:00 pm. She is worried about everything. People, roommates, strange environment. We get her to a place where she is calm and says she can go to sleep. Whew! She was 94.Thirty minutes later, she texts me and is absolutely having a panic attack. She is struggling with her thoughts, worried about her diabetes and about having a seizure, which she has never had, and was worried she'd be low all day the next day. You name it, she was freaking out about it. She then says she is hot and sweating. Shaking. I tell her to get her key and go to the…
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  • Of Juice Box Lows & Being A Grown-Up

    k2
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I was food shopping  - Something I don’t aways love to do, but ALWAYS make sure I do none the less. I walked down the “JUICE” aisle  as I popped some glucose tabs and saw that the Apple and Eve Fruit Punch juice boxes were on sale. You know, the ones with the cute little Elmo on the front of the box? They’re my favorite and I was hungry (more than hungry, I was starting to get that low feeling in my belly,) so I grabbed two eight packs, stuck them in the cart’s kiddie seat and immediately started ripping open the packaging. Stocking up for the first day…
  • Acclimating

    k2
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I spent a few hours this weekend cleaning out my old car and getting it prepped to give to my nephew. In the process I found my favorite beaded flip-flops from 5 years ago shoved under the driver’s seat. And in the glove compartment I found a bag of petrified Jellybeans I’d used to treat a few lows from a few Easter's ago. In the console I unearthed a spare pair of cheap sunglasses, a hard-as-nails Lara bar that must have been four years old, along side a long ago roll of expired glucose tabs, Tropical Fruit flavored. I also found two unopened infusion sets…
  • RIP: Robin Williams. #depressionlies

    k2
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Some generations remember where they were WWII started and ended, when Kennedy got shot. For me, I remember where I was when I found out about The Challenger disaster, Princess Diana dying, JFK Jr's plane crashing,the Twin Towers falling and I will always remember where I was and what  I was doing when I first heard the news about Robin Williams. I'm writing about Robin's passing today, not because I knew him, I didn't.  I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I sure wish I had. Like many, I felt like I knew him a little bit, because I grew up watching him and…
  • #AADE14: This Post Is All About How Amazing CDEs Are.

    k2
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    My apologies for last week’s lack of posts. I worked triple time before I flew to the 2014 AADE Conference in Orlando last Wednesday and I hit the ground hard when I landed - Attending sessions,working the DHF Booth and meeting with HCPs one on one and face to face. I focused on listening, learning and passing info via tweeting and facebooking. This week, the blog posts will be plentiful.##### Today's post is short and sweet and it's not about all the amazing sessions I had the opportunity to attend - That post is on it's way. This post is all about about the…
  • What A Difference A Week Makes: Finding Diabetes Support, Online & Off

    k2
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday I wrote about my Endo appointment, my less than wonderful A1C, how burned out I was feeling from diabetes and how both my Dr. & CDE were amazing. Also, between you and me, I think I was also going through some CWD FFL withdrawal. Anway, last week my CDE Cheryl, invited me to an Insulin Pump Support meeting she was having. At one time I attended those meetings on a regular basis, but due to budget issues there hasn't been an Insulin Pump Support Meeting in years - until this past Tuesday. Here's how it went~My…
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  • Diabetes resources and A1C Champion program information

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    More and more patients living well with diabetes are teaching and supporting other patients by sharing their wealth of knowledge and experiences. Here are lists of trusted diabetes web sites, social media sites, blogs, books and information about the A1C Champions peer-mentor program I participate in.If you are interested in a free A1C Champion program for your patients, or becoming an A1C Champion peer-mentor yourself, the contact information is below under “The A1C Champion Program.” Recommended Diabetes Websites  (in alphabetical order)American Diabetes Association…
  • Special dLife webinar to get the action steps in my book

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Last year I wrote, "Diabetes Do's & How-To's," to give you very specific action-steps to live your healthiest life with diabetes. The book covers Food, Fitness, Medicine and Attitude. And, has 19 gorgeous cartoons by illustrator Haidee Merritt who's lived with diabetes since she was two!Now I'm giving a special webinar with dLife so you can have several important steps to "health-up" regarding what you eat, weight control, checking blood sugar and staying emotionally strong to manage your diabetes day to day. Tune in next Monday, August 18th, at noon for the webinar. You'll get great…
  • How's your carb-counting?

    2 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The great CDE, founder of Integrated Diabetes Services and author Gary Scheiner, and his fellow CDE and Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition, Jenny Smith, conducted a Carb Quiz in May. Below is part of the interview they conducted with three outstanding "carb-counters," that may give you a few ideas to make counting carbs easier.Of course I no longer call it carb-counting, but carb-guessing. And I'm sure we can all relate to that!For more carb-guessing advice, click here.What are some of the tools you’ve used over the years to count carbs? Stephanie: I’m using measuring cups and a food…
  • A message from diaTribe's editor Kelly Close

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Kelly Close if you don't know is a tireless diabetes advocate and on the front lines of diabetes information and its dissemination. A highly respected financial analyst, as well as someone who's lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years, Kelly runs Close Concerns and keeps an eagle eye on research, product development, pharma and the FDA. diaTribe is her free every other month e-newsletter. The July issue had a message from Kelly I wanted to pass along. Given the FDA's risk-averse policy to new drugs and devices, many products that could help the many linger and languish. Kelly's…
  • Patients learn something invaluable from each other

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    I am not medically trained, yet there’s a lot I can give another person with diabetes that a health provider can’t. From 42 years of living with diabetes I know a lot more about medication and food and blood sugar than most.One thing I am however is a peer-mentor with the A1C Champion program, and I am among 80 people living with diabetes who speak across the country to other people who have diabetes.When someone with diabetes, either recently diagnosed or having had it for years, hears from their doctor what they have to do to manage it, they’re usually looking back in the face of…
 
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    A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.

  • About Stanford Medicine X’s Global Access Program

    Christopher Snider
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Last week I spoke with Dr. Mike Sevilla about Medicine X and my cats distracting me in front of a webcam. But mostly about Medicine X. Here’s the video. The big takeaway is that Medicine X has something called a Global Access Program that features a livestream of all sessions in the main hall for the entire conference. For free. If you’ve ever had a passing interest in anything I’ve had to say about Medicine X, you should sign up – it’s free. If you applied for an ePatient Scholarship but didn’t make the final cut, you should sign up – it’s…
  • One of Those Days

    Christopher Snider
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    You ever have one of those days that makes you look forward to the weekend with immeasurable joy and anticipation? Yea, me neither. Here’s hoping tomorrow is better. Enjoy your weekend.Filed under: Wilford Brimley Tagged: Control, dexcom, Diabetes, Shenanigans
  • Reminder: What This is All About

    Christopher Snider
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I was at a diabetes retreat for young adults, the first time I have really been able to interact with people close to my own age. No one knows it but due to issues in my life I was very close to taking WAY more insulin than I should have and being around those people was the only thing that kept me from doing it. - Submitted to My Diabetes Secret Don’t ever discount the power of “me too”. It’s a powerful, sometimes life-saving feeling. While it may be a bit hyperbolic to say that all of these diabetes blogs are saving lives every day, we’re certainly helping…
  • Just Talking with John Costik

    Christopher Snider
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    This week John Costik joins me to talk about his son’s diabetes diagnosis, balancing his son’s diabetes with among everyone in his family, and the impetus behind hacking his son’s continuous glucose monitor – starting a data liberation movement within the diabetes community. Enjoy! You can follow John on Twitter @jcostik and hackingtype1.com. http://traffic.libsyn.com/iamspartacus/Just_Talking-252-With_John_Costik.mp3 Run Time – 1:06:08 Send your feedback to feedback@justtalkingpodcast.com. Download the MP3 Subscribe on iTunes — Stitcher Radio —…
  • His and Hers: #tslim

    Christopher Snider
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Dayle got her t:slim Insulin Pump in the mail yesterday. I’m getting mine in September. For those of you keeping score at home, that means we will be rocking his and hers Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitors and Insulin Pumps by the time Fall rolls around. Ordinarily, I’d have to wait for my own pump to arrive before scheduling my pump training and starting the next phase of my diabetes management. But I get to tag along with Dayle’s training tomorrow to get a head start on the learning process. During the initial unboxing last night I realized how little I truly know about…
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    D-Mom Blog

  • {Diabetes LOL} Christmas?

    Leighann
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You Might Also Like… Having Fun With Diabetes More D-LOL blog posts All images are copyright D-Mom Blog and D-Mom Media and may not be copied or reproduced without express written permission. {Diabetes LOL} Christmas? is a post from: D-Mom Blog The information provided here is for entertainment purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please read the disclaimer, disclosure, and privacy policy statements.
  • {Diabetes At School} Lilly Diabetes Books Online

    Leighann
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are fans of the Lilly Diabetes books featuring Coco the Monkey. Even our child without diabetes likes them and has learned quite a bit from the Q&A at the end of each book. I know not everyone has been able to get their hands on the Disney Coco books or the ESPN themed books. In theory all pediatric endo practices should be able to get them from their Lilly rep. If you are looking for these books, Lilly and Disney’s t1everydaymagic website now has six books available for viewing online. What’s neat is that the website will read the stories to your child. Many classrooms now…
  • {Diabetes Management} CGM in the Cloud, AKA Nightscout

    Leighann
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A few months ago I heard about a group of parents who decided they weren’t waiting for the diabetes device companies and for the FDA to have a device that would stream continuous glucose monitor (CGM) data to the cloud. A quick search on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #wearenotwaiting will yield lots of results from parents of kids with diabetes (and even a few adult PWD’s) who are using what they have termed “CGM in the Cloud.” So for these few months I have been following along, listening to the conversation, and debating whether…
  • Timeless Popular Posts!

    Leighann
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I realized that there are several posts that I have written over the years that have timeless information and which I tend to give out the link to over and over. So why not have them all in one spot? {Diabetes Management} Opsite Flexifix: How we keep our continuous glucose monitor (CGM) adhesive to last a bit longer {Diabetes At School} 504 Plan: Here are some of the things that I think are important to consider including in your child’s 504 plan for school. See also: More Diabetes At School posts. Stash ‘O Cupcakes: How I make sure there are appropriate cupcakes at school for my…
  • {Diabetes At School} Lots of Links and Resources

    Leighann
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I for one am really not ready for the school year to begin. I like the lazier schedule of summer, even if our calendar was filled with activities these past few months. I loathe the reading log and busywork that is homework. Don’t even get me started on Common Core or standardized testing. But since school is inevitable, here are some posts and links that might help you make the transition whether it’s your child’s first year as a kindergartener or they are in an upper grade: Select D-Mom Blog Posts 504 Plans (Must read! Lists lots of things to consider adding to your 504,…
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    Joslin Diabetes Center Blog

  • Back to School Tips for Diabetes Management: Teacher Edition

    Joslin Communications
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Talk to your child's teacher about diabetes before the school year starts so everyone is on the same page All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about heading back to school with diabetes. This story was originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013. With the first day of school quickly approaching, preparation for the new school year is already underway. For parents of children with diabetes, this preparation includes opening a line of communication with their child’s teacher to ensure that he or she understands basic diabetes management for their student. Jennifer Griffin, M.S.,…
  • Diabetes and the School Lunch

    Joslin Communications
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about heading back to school with diabetes. This story was originally posted on Aug. 2, 2011. School lunches are notoriously high in carbohydrates and fats, but most school lunch programs now are trying to be healthier, according to Emily Werner, RD, LDN, a dietitian in the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult section at Joslin Diabetes Center. Though not every meal is nutritious, schools usually offer healthier options as well. With a little advance planning, lunches purchased at school or brought from home can be healthy and appropriate…
  • Doing a Classroom Presentation on Diabetes for Elementary School Age Children

    Joslin Communications
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about heading back to school with diabetes. This story was originally posted on Aug. 3, 2011. When kids with diabetes go to school, parents often have to do a lot of teaching. Unless the staff and other children have already been educated on diabetes (by having another student with diabetes in the classroom), you may be surprised by how little the kids, teachers and staff know about diabetes. Your task will be to teach them about diabetes, about what your child does to manage his/her diabetes and what they need to do to help your child…
  • Off to College with Diabetes | Tips for Parents

    Joslin Communications
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Christina Roth is the Founder and President of the College Diabetes Network (CDN) and a research assistant at Joslin Diabetes Center. All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about heading back to school with diabetes. This story was originally posted on Aug. 5, 2011. Today’s guest blog is by Christina Roth, President & Founder of the College Diabetes Network (CDN) www.collegediabetesnetwork.org Is your child going off to college? Feeling nervous? You’re not alone! Sending your son or daughter off to college is stressful! Being the parent of a child with diabetes…
  • Back to School with Diabetes | The Basics

    Joslin Communications
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    All August, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about preparing to go back to school. This story was originally posted on Aug. 1, 2011. Starting a new grade, new school or beginning college can be very stressful even without having diabetes. So, if your child has diabetes—or you have diabetes and you’re getting ready for school—it’s  never too early to start planning for the new school year. With a bit of forethought you can funnel your anxiety into making sure you or your children are up on the latest school fashions instead of worrying about handling your or your…
 
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  • Means and Ends

    Scott Strange
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com I recently attend the annual Friends for Life Conference in Orlando. This was my 4th year and I usually really enjoy it and come back recharged. While I enjoyed chatting with folks and catching up and needed the few sessions I did attend, [...]
  • Y’all Want To Attend MedX? Take a Gander!

    Scott Strange
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com I’ll be attending Medicine X this year as an ePatient Scholar Delegate and I’m really looking forward to it. But many other people are unable to physically attend the conference and, once again this year, the organizers are doing something about that. It’s virtual, y’all! [...]
  • Stigmas, Empowerment and Reaching All

    Scott Strange
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    © 2012, 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com ** There’s a lot of talk going on now about #Dstigma and this talk needs to happen. Along those lines I am reposting a blog that originally appeared on Strangely Diabetic on May 29, 2012 Last time I blogged about stigmas and how powerful [...]
  • Let’s Talk Stigma

    Scott Strange
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    © 2012, 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com ** There’s a lot of talk going on now about #Dstigma and this talk needs to happen. Along those lines I am reposting a blog that originally appeared on Strangely Diabetic on May 22, 2012 Since I have written so heavily about my battle [...]
  • The Future is Now.

    Scott Strange
    27 May 2014 | 9:21 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com Back in the day, the demographics of type 1 diabetes were pretty simple. Kids got it and their parents cared for them. Once they grew up, they tended to drop from the radar screen of society as they went to college, got married, [...]
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    Battle Diabetes

  • Can glaucoma medication treat diabetes?

    Mara Tyler
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Glaucoma drug methazolamide may help to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, according to Australian researchers. The drug has been shown to have antidiabetic properties in mice, reports Diabetes UK, helping to increase insulin sensitivity and lower glucose. In the new study on humans, 76 patients with type 2 diabetes and moderately high blood sugar levels were randomly assigned to take either methazolamide tablets or a placebo over a two-month period. Promising results Results showed that patients taking methazolamide had a significant reduction in HbA1c levels, as well as other…
  • Can glaucoma medication treat diabetes?

    Mara Tyler
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Glaucoma drug methazolamide may help to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, according to Australian researchers. The drug has been shown to have antidiabetic properties in mice, reports Diabetes UK, helping to increase insulin sensitivity and lower glucose. In the new study on humans, 76 patients with type 2 diabetes and moderately high blood sugar levels were randomly assigned to take either methazolamide tablets or a placebo over a two-month period. Promising results Results showed that patients taking methazolamide had a significant reduction in HbA1c levels, as well as other…
  • IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball Manages Type 1 Diabetes While Racing (Video)

    victoria1981
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Racer Charlie Kimball shares how he is able to incorporate technology into his racing to help him manage his diabetes while he is on the track. More Videos
  • Walking interval training could help with blood sugar control

    Mara Tyler
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Interval training, also called burst training, doesn't necessarily have to be extremely taxing in order to offer health benefits for diabetics, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that just an hour-long walk that included short bursts of higher-intensity movement improved participants' blood sugar levels much more than anticipated - whether the walk was performed on a treadmill or outdoors. Steady walking might not do much Participants in the study included 30 volunteers with type 2 diabetes who were in the age range of early 50s to early 60s. The…
  • Preventing or delaying diabetes may work best alongside a registered dietitian, study says

    Mara Tyler
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    A new study suggests that nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian (RD) can help prevent or delay diabetes and associated health problems. The value of working with an RD is that these professionals can help create a tailored eating plan that takes into account weight, lifestyle factors, hereditary concerns, and other health problems a patient may have, said Angela Ginn, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Research has shown that weight loss through moderate diet changes and physical activity plays a significant role in preventing or delaying diabetes and its…
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    Yahoo Health

  • Are Headphones Damaging Your Hearing?

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Photo by by Amanda Schupak We Asked: David A. Sherris, M.D., chair of the department of otolaryngology at the University at Buffalo The Answer: If you constantly crank up your iPod, it is entirely possible to get what’s called noise-induced hearing loss. Related: Why You Can’t Get That Song Out of Your Head The best way to protect your precious ears is to keep the volume at a reasonable level.
  • 7 Foods That Can Trigger Acne

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here, 7 foods that can make acne worse. Because of recent research on diet and acne, the American Academy of Dermatology now says there may be a link between milk consumption and breakouts. Blame the hormones in dairy, says Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City.
  • What People Who are Colorblind (and Their Doctors) Want You to Know

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Being colorblind. “Sometimes people think, because of the way the word is, that I can’t see anything where there’s a color,” says Ivan Oransky, a medical journalist in New York who’s colorblind. “I see something – it’s just not what you’re seeing.” While there are many variations, colorblindness – also known as “color vision deficiency” – affects about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 230 women, and usually refers to a genetic condition that makes it difficult to tell the difference between red and green, says Jay Neitz, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of…
  • PCBs in Schools: Know the Risks

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Photo by Splash News Supermodel Cindy Crawford made headlines this week after appearing on NBC’s “Today” show to raise awareness about the potential dangers of PCB, a common environmental toxin that has turned up at the Malibu high school that her children attend. “I don’t feel 100 percent safe,” Crawford said in a “Today” show interview with NBC special correspondent Maria Shriver, according to ”Today”online. The toxin in question, PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl), belongs to a category of manmade organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. Today, the problem is…
  • Deadly Allergy Attacks at 30,000 Feet: Nuts are to Blame

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    In two separate incidents this month, young girls went into anaphylactic shock mid-air due to severe nut allergies. In a terrifying incident this week, 4-year-old Fae Platten stopped breathing and had to be revived with a shot from an EpiPen at 30,000 feet after a nearby passenger opened a package of nuts — despite the flight crew’s repeated warnings that there was a young passenger with extremely sensitive allergies on board. Earlier in the month another unidentified 4-year-old girl flying from Dublin to New Jersey on United airlines went into anaphylactic shock over the Atlantic Ocean…
 
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  • Free food

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Are you are diabetic and get hunger pangs even after eating the permissible quota of food?  Think of low calorie food called free foods. They give a feeling of fullness. Fresh salads made of cabbage, onions, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish and capsicum with only lime  salt, pepper or chat masala. Do not add any salad dressing like mayonnaise or olive oil. Buttermilk or  Lemon
  • Millets for People with Diabetes

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Dr. Vimala Sanjeevi & Ms. Rohini U. Dept. of Nutrition. Millets are a group of small-seeded grasses which can grow in dry lands and land with poor soil quality and requires much less water that rice and wheat. They are a major crop in the semi – arid tropics of Asia and Africa. They are a rich source of Vitamin B especially niacin, B6, folic acid, and minerals such
  • Artificial Sweeteners: A Boon or Bane?

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Dr. Patricia Trueman Dept. of Diet &Nutrition Today “size zero” is the fashion and in an effort to maintain and reduce weight the market is flooded with foods that contain sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners).  Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as "sugar-free" or "diet,"
  • Diabetes - A Wake up Call for the 21st Century

    26 Jun 2014 | 5:40 am
    The 6th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas reports that the number of people living with diabetes rose to 382 million in 2013 and evidence shows that diabetes prevalence by 2035 will be nearly 600 million with diabetes and approximately 470 million will have impaired glucose tolerance. 1 in 8 people in the world, 1 billion people,will live with or be at risk of diabetes. 
  • What is Type 2 diabetes?

    17 Jun 2014 | 5:49 am
    India has been designated the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world with the maximum number of cases of diabetes and an equally large number of undetected cases.  What is Type 2 diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which sugar builds up in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. In Type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin,
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  • I Am Asking…

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    You may know me personally; you may not. It doesn’t matter. I have never – and I mean never – asked for money from my friends or family – or strangers – for diabetes. I’ve donated plenty to walks and research institutes and organizations for better care and cures. But I’ve never asked from others. […]
  • AADE 2014: First Impressions

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    I’m going to spend this week talking about my experience at AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) 2014 Conference, which was held in Orlando. The numbers varied from 2,500 to 4,500 AADE attendees, depending on who counted. (Think of it as a very inaccurate blood glucose meter.) The final number didn’t matter; my first impressions were […]
  • AADE 2014 – Fasten Your Seat Belts…

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    I have arrived in Orlando for this year’s American Association of Diabetes Educators conference. How excited am I to be here? These individuals help to make our lives… livable. My current CDE is amazing (shout out to Michele!) and without my favorite “teaching nurse” (which was what Joslin Center called them; they’re diabetes educators…) Cindy, I […]
  • When Customers Stand Together: An Advocacy Lesson For All

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    I grew up in New England and it’s true what they say. You can take a girl out of New England, but you can’t New England out of the girl. No matter where I go, I take it with me. There’s something about New Englanders that makes us… hearty. Resilient. Fiesty. Perhaps it’s the cold […]
  • Two Minute Diabetes Advocacy: CGM Medicare Coverage

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    It’s time to be a Two Minute Diabetes Advocate! I’m keeping this short and sweet that you can understand the importance of this bill and take action on it in under two minutes. Senate Bill: S.2689 ‘Medicare CGM Access Act of 2014′ Even if you are a parent of a child with diabetes, this is […]
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