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  • 15 health organizations support a call for action to increase access to affordable healthy foods to improve cardiovascular health

    Diabetes News From Medical News Today
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Canadian health organizations are calling upon governments to take a leadership role in creating healthy food environments.
  • New insights into the development of ciliopathies

    Diabetes News From Medical News Today
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Diseases of the sensory or motile cilia play a key role in lung diseases or diabetes. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München have now discovered the protein Flattop.
  • Sanofi ousts CEO after he warned of struggle ahead with diabetes drug in the US

    Diabetes News
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The board of drug maker Sanofi has fired its chief executive officer after he warned that pricing pressure on a bestselling diabetes treatment in the U.S. would hurt growth into next year. The Paris-based company announced that the board met Wednesday morning and unanimously decided to remove Christopher Viehbacher, and appointed Serge Weinberg as acting CEO.
  • My New Low Glass . . . .

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    I used to treat low blood sugars with juice all the time.  I bought juice boxes marketed to toddlers because they had just enough carbs and I didn’t have to measure anything out while low.  But then... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Runner With Type 1 Takes On Seven Marathons In Seven Days

    Top Headlines - Diabetes Health
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The first time Gavin Griffiths ran a marathon to raise money for his local diabetes clinic, the local newspaper reporter told him, “you’re plucky, but you don’t stand a chance.”
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  • Editor's Note, DCMS #212

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Patients often have to deal with problems we never think of and that makes it hard for them to manage their diabetes. This becomes most important when our patients are insulin users, especially if they have tactile problems or arthritis or joint problems. We try to make things easier by using devices like insulin pens or patch pumps but we often forget to take into consideration what we want to write for and what their insurance pays for. This week, in our Disaster Averted, a patient's solution to a gripping problem caused a big problem that could have gone unnoticed…
  • What’s Hiding in that Insulin Box?

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Last week in the pharmacy we received an electronic refill authorization for regular and nph insulin. The patient had been using the two insulins together for about two years and seemed to be in relatively good control. The refills had the sig code uad . Usually we would ask for more specific directions, however, since we had been filling her prescription for the past year we decided that the patient knew how to dose the insulin correctly. We got a call four days after she picked up the prescription. The patient was complaining that she was having unexplained lows at bedtime and highs during…
  • Diabetes Mellitus 101 for Cardiologists, Part 3

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In this week's Homerun Slides, courtesy Dr. Stanley Schwartz, we delve deeper into the possible explanations for the increase in mortality with tight glycemic control in the ACCORD trial as well as the effects of hypoglycemia on the cardiovascular system....
  • Handbook of Diabetes, 4th Ed., Excerpt #15: Diabetic Nephropathy

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Rudy Bilous, MD, FRCP Richard Donnelly, MD, PHD, FRCP, FRACP Diabetic nephropathy is a clinical diagnosis based upon the detection of proteinuria in a patient with diabetes in the absence of another obvious cause such as infection. Many of these patients will also be hypertensive, have retinopathy and, in advanced stages, renal impairment. The original definition was based upon relatively crude tests that detected protein concentrations of around 500 mg/L. With the development of accurate dipstick urine tests, this has fallen to 300 mg/L (largely albumin). It is now possible to detect much…
  • Stanley Schwartz, MD: Prescribing Medications for Prediabetes?

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Dr. Stanley Schwartz talks about addressing the epidemic of not only diabetes but the growing numbers of prediabetes patients. He reviews the current policy situation and then talks about how he proceeds in his practice with prediabetes patients. He points out that several studies have shown that adding certain medications early on to a patient's regimen can delay the onset of diabetes. He comments that if a patient is not able to lower their blood sugars through diet and exercise, he has no hesitation in prescribing 1, 2, or even 3 medications to help them, and notes that, I think that is…
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  • California’s Prop 45 – Confusing Consumers On Healthcare Coverage

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I wonder if ever in U.S. history, healthcare was as much as a political football as it is today? Case in point: Next week (on Nov. 4) Californians will vote on Proposition 45, a ballot initiative that essentially changes who…The post California’s Prop 45 – Confusing Consumers On Healthcare Coverage appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Chewable Glucose Blockers: Legit Science or Snake Oil?

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I hear someone say “complex carbs,” the first images that come to mind are pizza and pasta — and the inevitable post-meal glucose spike and lingering high blood sugars that follow. But a biomedical pharma company in New Hampshire…The post Chewable Glucose Blockers: Legit Science or Snake Oil? appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • All About Those Diabetes Tattoos…

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A pair of Michigan insulin pump reps aren’t ashamed to show the world they have type 1 diabetes, so much so that they have literally embedded ink on their arms to prove it. Diabetes tattoos are worn with pride by…The post All About Those Diabetes Tattoos… appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Persona Non Grata with Diabetes: the Book (With Giveaway!)

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the newest patient-written diabetes books on the scene brings a dimension we haven’t seen before — which can be summed up as voicing frustration about life with diabetes in literary journal form. The author is fellow type 1…The post Persona Non Grata with Diabetes: the Book (With Giveaway!) appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Sunday Funnies: Diabetes Is Pretty Halloween

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      When it comes to Halloween, we PWDs (people with diabetes) may fall into the category of “costume not necessarily required,” no?     Yup, we’ve had our share of “walking zombie low blood sugars.” Thanks again to Jon Carter,…The post Sunday Funnies: Diabetes Is Pretty Halloween appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
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    Top Headlines - Diabetes Health

  • Duodenum Resurfacing Procedure Improves Type 2 Diabetes Markers

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A procedure designed to change how the body absorbs and processes glucose could help improve A1C numbers for those with type 2 diabetes, according to recent research.
  • Runner With Type 1 Takes On Seven Marathons In Seven Days

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The first time Gavin Griffiths ran a marathon to raise money for his local diabetes clinic, the local newspaper reporter told him, “you’re plucky, but you don’t stand a chance.”
  • Blood Pressure Control

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A new study suggests that type 2 diabetics who want to avoid heart attacks or strokes should rigorously control their blood pressure. Doing so for an extended period of time seems to pay off years later.
  • CDC Finds Increase In Physician Visits

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Younger people with diabetes are spending more time in their physician’s office, highlighting that not only is type 2 no longer a disease specific to older people, neither are the complications.
  • Diabetes Health: Diabetes Crossword Puzzle Solution #26

    27 Oct 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.
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    Diabetes News

  • Report warns of looming TB/diabetes co-epidemic

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    ELEANOR HALL: It's not just Ebola: now an international report is warning today of a looming co-epidemic of two diseases that are already leading causes of death and disability around the world. The report released today by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation says diabetes is fuelling the spread of TB and threatening to undo all the progress made in trying to eradicate the disease which still kills a million people a year.
  • Sanofi ousts CEO after he warned of struggle ahead with diabetes drug in the US

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The board of drug maker Sanofi has fired its chief executive officer after he warned that pricing pressure on a bestselling diabetes treatment in the U.S. would hurt growth into next year. The Paris-based company announced that the board met Wednesday morning and unanimously decided to remove Christopher Viehbacher, and appointed Serge Weinberg as acting CEO.
  • Global response to dual epidemic of TB, diabetes too slow

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    New research has bad news for millions of South Africans with high blood sugar: they are three times more likely to develop active tuberculosis. Diabetes is 'quietly fuelling the spread of tuberculosis' and this 'looming co-epidemic' threatens to undo the gains made in controlling TB over the past decade.
  • Step Out Walk Celebrates People With Diabetes

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    DENVER Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. 29 million Americans are living with diabetes.
  • In the works: Hassle-free monitoring device for diabetes patients

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of Microelectronics and Singapore Biomicro aims to develop an implantable blood glucose monitoring device, thereby eliminating the need for daily finger-prick blood tests. SINGAPORE: The Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of Microelectronics and Singapore Biomicro announced on Wednesday they will collaborate on developing a wireless blood glucose monitoring device.
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    Diabetes News -- ScienceDaily

  • Scientists generate first human stomach tissue in lab with stem cells

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Scientists used pluripotent stem cells to generate functional, three-dimensional human stomach tissue in a laboratory -- creating an unprecedented tool for researching the development and diseases of an organ central to several public health crises, ranging from cancer to diabetes. Scientists used human pluripotent stem cells -- which can become any cell type in the body -- to grow a miniature version of the stomach.
  • Prostate cancer medications linked with increased risk of heart-related deaths in men with cardiovascular problems

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks.
  • Initial choice of oral medication to lower glucose in diabetes patients examined

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Patients diagnosed with diabetes and initially prescribed metformin to lower their glucose levels were less likely to require treatment intensification with a second oral medicine or insulin than patients treated first with sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones or dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors, according to a study.
  • New drug delivered through a skin patch shows promise in healing diabetic foot ulcers

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    A drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps foot wounds heal better, but also prevents those wounds from recurring, has been developed by researchers. A foot ulcer is typically a painful inconvenience to most people, but to a person with diabetes it could mean an infection, or worse, an amputation.
  • Diabetes patients report better outcomes with improved physician accessibility

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    A new model of delivering primary care has the potential to improve the health of patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers say. Given that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and is one of the most expensive chronic conditions, improving health outcomes for type 2 diabetes patients in a cost-effective way is a top priority for insurers including Medicare and Medicaid that see a disproportionate share of patients with diabetes.
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    DIABETES NEWS - Google News

  • Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB - Reuters

    Google Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    The HinduExperts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TBReutersLONDON (Reuters) - Cases of tuberculosis are set accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on ...TB-diabetes co-epidemic looms, experts warnYahoo NewsFindings show diabetes triples the risk that a person will develop TBThe HinduMEDICINE & HEALTH Diabetes and Tuberculosis: When One Leads to the OtherScience TimesABC Onlineall 58 news articles »
  • Diabetes 'out of control' in most parts of England - Telegraph.co.uk

    Google Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Telegraph.co.ukDiabetes 'out of control' in most parts of EnglandTelegraph.co.ukBaroness Young said: “This is just the latest in a long line of statistics that show that diabetes healthcare is hugely geographically variable and in many places is not good enough. The public deserve more than politicians and NHS leaders wringing 'Wide variation' of diabetes care across EnglandNursing in PracticeHealth atlas reveals prevalence of hypertension and diabetesNursing Times'Postcode lottery' in diabetes careYahoo News UKOnMedica -GP onlineall 8 news articles »
  • AstraZeneca wins US approval for two-in-one diabetes pill - Reuters

    Google Inc.
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    ReutersAstraZeneca wins US approval for two-in-one diabetes pillReutersThe green light from the Food and Drug Administration is for Xigduo XR, which combines the company's recently launched diabetes treatment dapagliflozin with an older kind of medicine called metformin. Xigduo XR is the first once-daily tablet combining Astrazeneca Receives US FDA Approval For Type-2 Diabetes Drug XIGDUO XRRTT Newsall 25 news articles »
  • Franklin Park YMCA program aims to reduce diabetes - Tribune-Review

    Google Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Franklin Park YMCA program aims to reduce diabetesTribune-ReviewRegistration: Contact Gretchen North, associate vice president of healthy living at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, at diabetesprevention@ymcapgh.org'>diabetesprevention@ymcapgh.org or 412-227-3820. A risk inventory will be conducted, and costs will be ...YMCA effort targets diabetesBurlington Times Newsall 3 news articles »
  • Colorado Doctors Herald Diabetes Research Breakthrough - CBS Local

    Google Inc.
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Pharmaceutical JournalColorado Doctors Herald Diabetes Research BreakthroughCBS LocalDENVER (CBS4) – Diabetes researchers are celebrating a major scientific breakthrough that could be a step toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes. “All of us would hope that Type 1 diabetes would be cured some day and despite all the good efforts by many ...Type 1 Diabetes Increasing Among White US KidsWebMDIdentifying patients at risk of diabetesThe Pharmaceutical JournalPre-diabetes: what everyone needs to knowHerald SunChannel 4 News (blog) -Express.co.ukall 34 news articles »
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  • My New Low Glass . . . .

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    I used to treat low blood sugars with juice all the time.  I bought juice boxes marketed to toddlers because they had just enough carbs and I didn’t have to measure anything out while low.  But then... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Harder for Others . . .

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    I believe diabetes is hard for everyone, regardless of type.  However, I also believe there are some things that are harder for other types than for me, as a Type 1.  And that is the focus of the... Visit my blog to read more.
  • What’s That Wednesday - Meters #WalkWithD

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    I have identical meters - a purse meter and a home meter.  My home meter is older and also gets a lot more use.  (Apparently I don’t get out much.)   Lately I’ve been  nervous that it might be time... Visit my blog to read more.
  • #DOCasksFDA

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    There is an important discussion with the FDA coming up, and diaTribe has arranged a short survey you can take to make sure your opinion is heard.  Read the flyer below for all of the details: You... Visit my blog to read more.
  • How to Lose my Mind . . .

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Fasting blood sugar - fine.  Bolus for and consume coffee. Pre-breakfast blood sugar - fine.  Pre-bolus for breakfast smoothie.  Make and drink breakfast smoothie.  Blood sugar remains stable. Two... Visit my blog to read more.
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    DIABETES - Google News

  • Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB - Reuters

    Google Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    The HinduExperts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TBReutersLONDON (Reuters) - Cases of tuberculosis are set accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on ...TB-diabetes co-epidemic looms, experts warnYahoo NewsMEDICINE & HEALTH Diabetes and Tuberculosis: When One Leads to the OtherScience TimesFindings show diabetes triples the risk that a person will develop TBThe Hinduall 58 news articles »
  • AstraZeneca wins US approval for two-in-one diabetes pill - Reuters

    Google Inc.
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 am
    ReutersAstraZeneca wins US approval for two-in-one diabetes pillReutersThe green light from the Food and Drug Administration is for Xigduo XR, which combines the company's recently launched diabetes treatment dapagliflozin with an older kind of medicine called metformin. Xigduo XR is the first once-daily tablet combining Astrazeneca Receives US FDA Approval For Type-2 Diabetes Drug XIGDUO XRRTT NewsAstraZeneca Gets U.S. Approval For Xigduo XR Diabetes TreatmentNasdaqall 25 news articles »
  • Franklin Park YMCA program aims to reduce diabetes - Tribune-Review

    Google Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Franklin Park YMCA program aims to reduce diabetesTribune-ReviewRegistration: Contact Gretchen North, associate vice president of healthy living at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, at diabetesprevention@ymcapgh.org'>diabetesprevention@ymcapgh.org or 412-227-3820. A risk inventory will be conducted, and costs will be ...YMCA effort targets diabetesBurlington Times Newsall 3 news articles »
  • Colorado Doctors Herald Diabetes Research Breakthrough - CBS Local

    Google Inc.
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Pharmaceutical JournalColorado Doctors Herald Diabetes Research BreakthroughCBS LocalDENVER (CBS4) – Diabetes researchers are celebrating a major scientific breakthrough that could be a step toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes. “All of us would hope that Type 1 diabetes would be cured some day and despite all the good efforts by many ...Type 1 Diabetes Increasing Among White US KidsWebMDIdentifying patients at risk of diabetesThe Pharmaceutical JournalGestational diabetes triples risk of obesity in daughtersTech Timesall 34 news articles »
  • Metformin Best for Type 2 Diabetes First Treatment - WebMD

    Google Inc.
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Metformin Best for Type 2 Diabetes First TreatmentWebMDA hallmark of type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). That means the body doesn't effectively use the hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and helps usher sugar from foods into the Metformin better for initial type 2 diabetes treatmentClinical AdvisorMetformin Neglected as First-Line Therapy for DiabetesMedscapeInitial choice of oral medication to lower glucose in diabetes patients examinedScience CodexHealioall 24 news articles »
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  • Upcoming 11/3/2014 FDA-DOC Meeting; Concerns About FDA Biosimilar Guidance(s)

    Scott S
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    At this point, I don't think its really necessary for me to repeat too much of the content that is already circulating within the diabetes online community of blogs about the forthcoming Monday, November 3, 2014 meeting  from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  But I WILL say that collectively, over the past year, the diabetes patient community was able to accomplish something truly quite extraordinary.  You should know about that, and even better, you also have a chance to participate in that!Specifically, in 2013, the diabetes online…
  • Hors d'oeuvres Suitable for the Super Bowl

    Scott S
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:24 am
    I've never been a big sports fan, in part, because the ticket prices to attend virtually any professional sporting event is beyond ridiculous.  I remember attending my first professional baseball game with my Dad at Fenway Park when I was a kid.  That event remains one of the most memorable events I spent with my father when I was growing up.  But the prices to attend games like that are now simply out-of-reach for many families, and a lot has to do with the salaries for players, although the leagues can afford that with the costly TV broadcasting rights deals they sign for the…
  • Recent FDA Moves Suggests Agency Is Again Taking Its Role of "Protecting Public Health" Seriously

    Scott S
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:56 pm
    As a patient with type 1 diabetes, I have found myself at odds with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a number of things the agency has done in recent years (actually since the 1980s), and perhaps even more so in recent years.  In fact, I once joked (only halfheartedly) that the acronym "FDA" stood for Fatal Drug Administration.  Indeed, for a number of years (under the leadership of chief Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach especially, he pushed for FDA to serve what he called its "clients", meaning the companies that the FDA regulates, rather than protecting public safety).
  • Little-Noticed Diabetes Care Developments of 2013

    Scott S
    31 Dec 2013 | 6:23 pm
    As we approach the new year (2014!), although I haven't blogged as much as I did a number of years ago, there were a few things which, in my opinion, deserve acknowledgement as they relate to diabetes care.  One of the biggest (perhaps), yet less acknowledged, developments was mergers and acquisitions in the diabetes care space.  Although I follow this stuff, sometimes even I lose track of who acquired who and what their new names are (when they change the name of the company).Bristol Myers Squibb: In Again, Out Again (... Of Diabetes Care, That Is).  Novo's Danish Delusions.My…
  • On World Diabetes Day, A Tribute to Mary Hunt

    Scott S
    14 Nov 2013 | 11:26 am
    The diabetes community lost another member recently.  I knew her as Mary Hunt, and she died at age 66.  She had been hospitalized for illness recently, so her passing was not a complete surprise to her family, but its always sad when we lose someone of any age.  Her husband Dave shared the news via email the other day.  In many ways, Mary was one of the developers of today's Diabetes Online Community.  She helped start the Diabetics International Foundation [http://members.tripod.com/diabetics_world/], which worked tirelessly for the many patients who suffered…
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  • Halloween Memories

    rick the "Blogabetic"
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Halloween Memories I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 17 so as a child I did not have conflicts about candy. By the time I was diagnosed, the celebration of Halloween with candy was in my past. The same for my sons, who are not diabetic and therefore we (mostly me) took them around the neighborhood each year and they got to enjoy the candy associated with the holiday. I say this because I do know of the struggles that occur in many households with diabetic children. Since my mom was a diabetic I grew up around diabetic children and I always thought how fortunate I was that did not…
  • Chasity

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I was diagnosed at the age of 5 . I have struggled and fought with my diabetes a lot especially during my teen years. I suffered DKA when I was 14 and almost lost my life . I learned from that day forward that I needed to love myself and take care of myself . It happened because I wasn’t eating or taking my insulin. Now I’m 20 years old and healthy. To read more of Chasity's story and to learn how to add your own please visit TheFacesofDiabetes.com
  • A Good Doctor

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    I'm increasingly glad that I ended up with my current primary doctor. He is not perfect, no doctor is, but he meets all my criteria for a good doctor. He listens to me when I talk to him. He takes all my health conditions into consideration when dealing with individual issues. He wants me to know what he knows, not just treating me without explaining. He doesn't jump to medication, he considers all possible treatments and chooses the best for my situation. He works with me, he knows I am a human being and talks with me, not at me. He thinks about and answers my questions in a mature manner;…
  • Important advocacy for diabetes care

    rick the "Blogabetic"
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Important advocacy for diabetes care I will be joining several people on October 29, 2014 using twitter to advocate for 3 very important causes related to diabetes. The twitter event starts at 8:00 PM Eastern and will last one hour. If you use twitter, please join us. If not please write you US House Representative or US Senators and ask their support for these proposals: “S539/HR1074 – National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (Coordinate) Currently: 21 Senate cosponsors and 165 House cosponsors Did you know that there are 37 separate federal agencies that play some role in the…
  • The Fault in Our Stars.. Diabetes perspective.

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I like every other teenage girl on the planet have a great love for romantic movies. TFIOS is one the greatest love stories on the planet. Hazel bumped into Gus by pure accident almost running him into a door! This would soon become one of the most important things to ever happen to her and him also. This shows that not everything begins perfectly. You may have had a rocky start to your diabetic life but it doesn't need to carry on this way, it could become a strength rather than a weakness. My diabetes is my stregth in times when I think i've hit the floor but i'm able to think of the times…
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  • The Darker Days of Fall

    Hannah McDonald
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Autumn is usually my favorite season. It's the time of year when the chill that I so love comes back into the air, when everything feels crisp, and rich colors dress the trees. I am one of those people who's into pumpkin spice lattes and chai, fresh seasonal apples and of course, cider. Halloween is usually a treat for me because I adore dressing up in costumes. But you may notice I've been absent from blogging about how it's okay to eat candy at Halloween with diabetes. You haven't yet seen any silly posts wherein I dress up my insulin vials. Actually, you haven't seen any posts from me…
  • Waiting on the Retina Specialist...

    Hannah McDonald
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    ...and my whole day has been like:If it's not one thing, it's another. 
  • On the Market

    Hannah McDonald
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    I had a job interview this afternoon. I think it went well, but it's always difficult to tell with such things.I once had a job interview which ended in me being asked when I could start, and they said they'd contact me about when I could come in to fill out my hire paperwork. They never called me. Not even an email.One time, I submitted a resume to a company and was called back that same afternoon for an interview the following day. Then I had a second interview a couple of days later. Needless to say, I nailed it.So this time? I don't know. Everyone was very pleasant, and as I said, I think…
  • The Best in a Year

    Hannah McDonald
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    So last week, I learned I had the best A1C I've had in over a year. Certainly, your first thought is this:And while my first thought about it probably should have been something like this:I think I looked more like this:Wait, wut?With everything I've had going on, recovering from my broken arm & surgery, going through the stress of returning to work, going to physical therapy and everything else, I'm actually doing better? How did this happen? I didn't feel like I did a whole lot that was terribly different or special.So yes, I am celebrating this small victory over here, but I know there…
  • Not Quite in Arm's Reach, or What Happened When I Broke My Humerus

    Hannah McDonald
    21 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I come from a long line of klutzes.  Sometimes I trip, lose my balance, or flounder around while walking because my ankle decides it doesn't want to stay upright.  I think it was one of the latter two reasons that caused me to fall from the top step of my front stoop onto the sidewalk on March 28th.  This resulted in my first-ever major broken bone, my first-ever ambulance ride, my first-ever arm sling, and my second-ever surgery.There are many places in which your arm can be broken.  In my case, it was my humerus--and before you say anything, it wasn't funny at all.
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  • Choose Your Own Adventure: The Health Plan Edition

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In January,we must have a new health insurance plan. (We received the "Dear Policy Holder" letter yesterday.) This came as no surprise to me,because this particular plan was too good to be true without me personally causing it to go bankrupt. This plan(Coventry) no longer covers Federal Employees,of which my husband is one. Having hit my deductible in March(thanks to that pericarditis infection),the vast majority of the year has been copay and deductible free except for sensors which I still pay 20% on) Add on weekly magnesium infusions at 1K a pop (x6 months)and yeah,that gets really…
  • Beyond the Basics: Answers,Delivered

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    For three years, I've looked for an answer that no one could tell me. Not even my extremily intelligent Endocrinologist,nor the OBGYN,nor the high risk perinatologist that I saw.Today,I found that answer..on a random Google search.http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/346710/fidgety_babies_of_diabetic_moms_dont_get_large/?print=trueBrief Summary: in some mothers with diabetes,babies don't get large because the kid is so hyperactive that they essentially block those excess calories and turn out normal weight. Regardless of your BG control.And reading that was like the floodgates of Heaven coming…
  • Wordless Wednesday:10 yr Journey Award

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    (I may or may not be slightly obsessed with it.) 
  • Falling Back

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Fall has long been my favorite season,(new tv shows,all things PUMPKIN,leaves,cool weather)& it's finally here.(the summer wasn't too bad but I'm still glad it's fall) it never seems to last long though,you blink,& it's 20 degrees F outside and though technically still fall it feels like Winter...long,long,winter. According to the forecast it's going to be just as cold and snowy as last year if not more so. Fall feels like a last chance attempt to prepare for the winter,and that means A.getting flu shots B.preparing for the inevitable sick days.I am not a very cheerful sick person. My…
  • In the Cloudz

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    We are not waiting.Oh,wait. Yes we are. Because it's not quite as simple as buying a Pebble watch from Best Buy and downloading a CGM app that sends data to the watch...no,this requires some pretty major programming skillz. (Not to mention it isn't cheap) So,this setup, it comes in stages.Stage 1: Go to Target. Buy cheap Android phone.(Moto G) Go to Best Buy. Buy connecting cables(micro to micro USB) Charge phone. Set up cheap phone access($9/month-Ting) Connect cables. Nothing happens. Beg on a Nightscout FB group for help. Get basic service after trouble shooting. (Data shows up on other…
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    Diabetes Life Balance

  • Happy Diaversary To Me! Thirty one years with T1

    Wendy Morgan
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Today on the Columbus Day Holiday off school, October 13, 1983, I grabbed a huge glass of orange juice on my way to the doctor. I was soooo thirsty. Peeing lots too. So headed to the doctor to find out I had Type One Diabetes.My dad was on a business trip. My mom was awesome on the outside, but inside she was devastated. I know that feeling intimately. I felt it when my daughter was diagnosed. But I remember sitting with her in the doctors office talking and saying how thankful I was that it wasn't some thing more serious. Something life threatening. Cancer.My week in the hospital was fine.
  • CGM in the Cloud & Now On My Watch!

    Wendy Morgan
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    People! It is here! I can see my child's blood sugar all the time!The Nightscout Project, developed by a group of engineers and hackers with T1 or are parents of kids with Type 1 Diabetes created a way to plug a smartphone into the Dexcom receiver and have it upload to the cloud.Now I have a website that I can keep up on my desktop, iPad, or phone that virtually mirrors my child's Dexcom readings and will alarm if my daughter is low or high.I also can upload the info to the Pebble smartwatch, which is what you see on the left.Now, I don't want you to think this is out of the box easy. I spent…
  • 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…
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  • Avoiding Motion Sickness at 35,000 Ft & Pump Alarms That Go BOO!

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    I've been avoiding the whole, "meal on a plane thing," ever since 2007, when I literally turned green and had to use vomit bag for the first time ever, (but sadly, not the last) and on a flight that was 12 minutes from landing in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. I kid you not, it’s true. The lady sitting next to me on said flight told me that I actually turned green & and that until she’d watched me in action, she’d never in her entire  life actually seen someone turn green before they puked. So... YAY ME?    Since then, I've reached for…
  • Diabetes Weirdness: The Sinus Infection Edition

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Ok, here’s something weird. I have a big old sinus infection. But that’s not the weird part, that’s the annoying part - especially since I’ll be sitting on a plane tomorrow for 6 hours tomorrow. But.... I digress. No, the weird part is that my blood sugars have been great this week. Not perfect, because my pancreas is of course still broken. But my numbers have been pretty damn good none the less.And I’ll take those numbers and I’m grateful for them, but it’s strange because Thursday night through Sunday I felt crappy and more than slightly whiney,  but…
  • Diabetes Advocacy Agenda For The Week: #DocasksFDA, #Vote4DM, #BigBueTest #WeAreInThisTogether, #WalkwithD

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Last call to let the FDA hear your voice for #DOCasksFDA meeting on November 3rdPersonally, I'm all about letting the FDA hear my voice, my diabetes concerns and dreams,  so I took the following short survey created by the amazing folks at diatribe. www.diaTribe.org/survey. If you want your voice to be heard, TAKE THE SURVEY NOW. And if you'd like, you can also create a video expressing your #DOCasksFDA hopes and dreams.Lots of folks have!FTR: Google+ gave me a new youtube page & won't let me merge my old page with the new. SIGH.Next…
  • #DOCasksFDA: THIS = HUGE, Your Voice Is Crucial & The Clock Is Ticking~

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    #DOCasksFDA - THIS is a big deal people - And the clock is ticking!! On November 3, the FDA will host an unprecedented discussion between the diabetes community and senior agency leadership (both drugs and devices). This virtual dialogue will be webcast live from 1 - 4 pm and includes a panel of patients (T1 and T2), and reps from ADA, JDRF, and diaTribe. This is HUGE and I want my voice to be heard by the FDA, so I took the following short survey (like 12o seconds at the most) created by the amazing folks at diatribe. www.diaTribe.org/survey. If…
  • Almost Wordless Wednesday: Wait, WHAAAT?!

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    I LOVE hellogiggles.com & follow I'm both a fan and a follower of their Facebook book page.So you can imagine my surprise when  the following picture HG posted yesterday, showed up in my Facebook feed last night. YEP, I damn near spit out my juice because I was LOLing so damn hard!HelloGiggles.com wrote about these 'movie obsessed prints" posters  and the company that creates them, Cutestreak Designs.The above "Steel Magnolias" poster is part of a group of movie themed movie posters from CuteStreetD.Personally, I prefer "The Big Lebowski", "The Princess Bride";…
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  • Join the Big Blue Test movement

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    For the fourth year Manny Hernandez, founder of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, is making sure we experience the benefit of activity on our blood sugar - and as a result, getting diabetes supplies and insulin to children in need around the world.The movement is called the BigBlueTest - and you can't fail.   Sign up here and this is what you'll do: Record your results on the sign up page above - and if you can spread the word. With 35,000 people taking the test, $35,000 will go toward life-saving supplies. And, you'll see what a little activity can do!
  • Send your thoughts about living with diabetes directly to the FDA

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Six days ago, Adam Brown, T1D and senior editor of diatribe, sent out a call to the Diabetes Online Community - to encourage people with diabetes to take a 5 minute survey. The survey results will go directly to the FDA and inform a groundbreaking patient=led discussion with the FDA November 3.The event will include patients, both with type 1 and 2, representatives from the American Diabetes Association, JDRF and diaTribe. Presented, will be the numerous challenges we face every day - that's what will be captured in the survey. Those insights will then be shared directly with the FDA.Help us…
  • How doctors get groomed

    11 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    In my last post, I talked about the patient filling gaps in healthcare. Dedicated to researching how we can help improve care for other people with diabetes, and how health care providers can be more empathetic and present with patients - what I see as critical to care for people who live with a chronic condition - I love reading books written by doctors that describe their world. I've already shared I'm a big fan of physician/authors' Danielle Ofri and Rachel Naomi Remen and I'm currently reading the book, "Intern" by Sandeep Jauhar.Jauhar describes his first year as a resident at a big…
  • The new doctor: the patient

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    As the number of people with diabetes continues its astonishing rise - from 26 to nearly 30 million and in pre diabetes from 79 to 86 million - the number of endocrinologists who specialize in their treatment remains flat. There are roughly only 5,000 endocrinologists and 19,000 diabetes educators across the country today. How are we going to take care of the millions more people with diabetes adding to the statistics every year?Few primary care providers refer patients to a diabetes educator and most patients with Type 2 diabetes are treated by their family doctor. Unfortunately,…
  • Diabetes patient tips sponsored by JDRF

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Yesterday I listened to a number of people with type 1 diabetes share their personal tips for managing their diabetes. Above was the last tip recommended, to watch this video from Dr. Steven Edelman, founder of TCOYD on "diabetes and drinking." So while writing this, I did. You should too and have a laugh before we go on to more serious stuff. The Patient Tips session was part of JDRF's ONE Expo. A fairly new outreach program trying to bring - education, engagement and empowerment - to the type 1 community in New York City. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes…
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    A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.

  • Just Talking with Roni Zeiger

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Dr. Roni Zeiger joins me this week to chat about his life on the west coast, his experience as Google’s Chief Medical Strategist, delivering a TEDx talk, and his current venture – Smart Patients. Enjoy. Follow Roni on Twitter at @rzeiger and learn more about Smart Patients at smartpatients.com. http://traffic.libsyn.com/iamspartacus/Just_Talking-263-With_Roni_Zeiger.mp3 Run Time – 1:06:02 Send your feedback to feedback@justtalkingpodcast.com. Download the MP3 Subscribe on iTunes — Stitcher Radio — Subscribe to the RSS Feed Facebook — Tumblr —…
  • Marveling at Marvel

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    This has nothing to do with diabetes. It has everything to do with how well Marvel has executed their digital strategy over the past week, even with unexpected hazards along the way. (which was debuted early because a low-res version leaked a week ahead of schedule.) Dammit, Hydra. — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014 And then today… I've officially lost count of the number (and variety) of movies planned by Marvel and DC Studios. Incredible. — Chris | Just Talking (@iam_spartacus) October 28, 2014 9 new movies announced. And as you would expect from a…
  • Low Transmitter Battery

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Forced #dexcom break thanks to a dead transmitter. Hope to get a fresh one soon – it’s my best feedback on understanding my insulin pump. — Chris | Just Talking (@iam_spartacus) October 26, 2014 The battery on my Dexcom’s transmitter went from low battery to no battery in what felt like record time this weekend. Now I’m flying blind for the next few days while I wait for a new one to arrive on my doorstep. Thankfully, my experience with customer service lasted all of three emails. To briefly summarize the exchange: “Help”. “Okay”. “Thank…
  • Share a Coke

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Sometimes you just need to share a (diet) coke with a good friend. Fun times abound when Scott Johnson is in town. Sometimes you get super lucky at the store and your name is on one of the bottles. Have a great weekend.Filed under: Wilford Brimley Tagged: community, Diabetes, diet coke, Shenanigans
  • Hashtag Vote4DM

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    If ever there was any doubt that I follow a lot of people with diabetes. My timeline runneth over with #Vote4DM tweets. And it feels great. — Chris | Just Talking (@iam_spartacus) October 23, 2014 The fine folks at StripSafely have created #Vote4DM, “a targeted awareness campaign that lets you ask Congress to support three bills related to diabetes already on the Hill.” The bills we’re talking about aim to coordinate federal diabetes policy, provide quality diabetes education and cover CGM for T1Ds over 65. I recognize the importance of diabetes Advocacy –…
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    D-Mom Blog

  • {Type 1 Tuesday} 10.14.14

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    OmniPod Suite D Blog The fourth part of the six part series chronicling the management of our daughter’s diabetes from multiple daily injections to an insulin pump is now available to read over on OmniPod’s Suite D blog. Read A Caregiver’s Journey to Pump Therapy Part 4: Choosing the Right Insulin Pump for Us. Diabetes Mine Thank you, Diabetes Mine for including both #ShowMeYourPump, Miss Idaho and Frozen, Elsa, and Type 1 Diabetes…Better than a coat made of weasels (the title makes sense if you watched the show) in their post “Around the Diabetes Blogosphere –…
  • 15+ Non-Candy Ideas for Trick-Or-Treating and Halloween Parties

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was cleaning out the pantry a few weeks ago, I found a bag of candy from last Halloween and Valentine’s Day. I’m not even kidding! My kids put a piece in their lunch box each day for a few days and have a piece or two with snack and then forget about the stash. I don’t deny my child with diabetes candy. All things in moderation. Let kids enjoy childhood rites of passage such as haunting the neighborhood on All Hollow’s Eve. The tree nut allergies are a bigger thing for us these days and Halloween candy is notorious for having cross contamination risks for nuts.
  • {YouTube Tuesday} All About That Cure

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a cute “All About That Bass” remake that some families have made to promote their JDRF fundraising. Watch the video: (E-mail and feed subscribers click over for embedded video.) You Might Also Like… More YouTube Tuesday Posts More D-Mom Blog Videos {YouTube Tuesday} All About That Cure 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 Management} I can finally upload our CGM to our Mac…and the angels sang!

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Once again at our last endo appointment I voiced my frustration that they can’t easily download our insulin pump or CGM. You see, I was crunched for time that week and just didn’t have it in me to go through my daughter’s PDM day by day and write down all those numbers. During our visit, our endo had the CDE download the CGM and come back with a ton of graphs for us to peruse. Based on those graphs, we made a few tweaks. Having a meaningful way to look at our data is actually helpful, people. Our endo said that in the coming months, hopefully by our next quarterly…
  • Lowest of Lows

    29 Sep 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. Q has high and low blood sugars all the time. It’s just part of life with diabetes for an active kid. Few lows or highs rattle my cage because this isn’t our first rodeo. But this particular night, I was surprised at how quickly Q’s BG could drop. At bedtime snack Q’s CGM showed about 175 with two arrows down. By bedtime she was right around 100. A few minutes after lights out her CGM buzzed…
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    Speaking of Diabetes | The Joslin Blog

  • How to Make Halloween a Little Less Diabetes-Scary

    Joslin Communications
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Halloween in just two days, use this complete package of tips, tricks, and treats to help you make a scary night a ton of fun. Ideas for Managing When Your Child Has Diabetes We realize having a child with diabetes on Halloween can be scary…but it doesn’t have to be! Put your fears to rest with the help of these tips for making Halloween fun for the whole family. Monitoring Blood Sugar While Trick-or-Treating You don’t have to bring a food scale out with you—we’ve provided a list of common candies that are just 15 carbohydrates. Diabetes Friendly Halloween Treats Recipes for…
  • Could You Add Inhalable Insulin to Your Routine?

    Joslin Communications
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Joslin does not endorse specific products or companies. This post is meant to be informational only.  Injecting insulin in the break room, at a restaurant, or at a dinner party can be difficult. Some people are embarrassed by having to dose in public. Others experience a blood sugar spike while they’re waiting for their insulin to kick in. Now, there may be a new way. This June, the FDA approved an inhalable insulin known as Afrezza. Afrezza is an ultra-rapid-acting powder designed to be taken before a meal. It is designed for adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but it is not yet…
  • Diwali For the Carb Conscious

    Joslin Communications
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights This story was originally posted on Oct. 28, 2013. Every culture has its big celebratory holidays.  For Hindus one of these is Diwali, the “Festival of Lights.” Celebrated yearly in mid-autumn, the five-day holiday signifies the triumph of good over evil. Originating in India, the holiday was connected to the end of the harvest season when Indians would pray for a good new year. Families often take the holiday to clean out the home and welcome good into their lives. Continue Reading–>
  • A 90 Year Old Mystery Solved with Molecular Biology

    Joslin Communications
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Mary Loeken, Ph.D., Investigator in the Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology at Joslin and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. When you have diabetes, pregnancy can seem kind of scary. From overdramatized stories in the movies to real life risks like diabetic retinopathy, congenital malformations, and delivery complications, including  hypoglycemia in the infant, there’s a lot more to worry about than in your average pregnancy. But researchers at Joslin are trying to figure out why and how these complications happen. Because of their work, we’re…
  • Taking Diabetes One Day at a Time: A Joslin Donor Story

    Joslin Communications
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I do not remember a time in my life when diabetes was not a part of my life.” For as long as she can remember, Sandy Marcowitz has had diabetes. But that initial diagnosis in May 1953, instead of holding her back given her the drive to live every day to its fullest. This zest for life has amazed everyone around her and has clearly illustrated that a full, rewarding life is possible regardless of diabetes. A large part of this drive came from Sandy’s parents, who instilled in her the belief that she could do anything she wanted to, regardless of her medical condition. It wasn’t until…
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  • The Voices I Hear

    Scott Strange
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    At Medicine X I had the fortunate experience of being on a panel moderated by Carly Medosch on the topic of invisible pain and how it can affect people. My pain, caused by depression, really isn’t viewed as a debilitating pain by most people. I was fully expecting to hear things like “You don’t deserve [...]
  • A Tale of Medicine X

    Scott Strange
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Walking down the hall toward my first panel discussion on Chronic Illness and Depression (check it out below), I was feeling pretty anxious. While I’ve written extensively of my own experiences with depression and my journey with therapy, being recorded & even part of a live webcast was uncomfortably different. I was putting a [...]
  • Are Patients a Distraction at Conferences?

    Scott Strange
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    ** Next week, I will be attending the Medicine X conference as an ePatient Delegate Scholar. Medx is one of the most patient focused conferences on the planet with attendees from all portions of the healthcare spectrum and the world. I thought this might be a good time to re-post this from about [...]
  • 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! [...]
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    Battle Diabetes

  • Metformin is best first line of defense against type 2 diabetes

    M Tyler
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    People with type 2 diabetes who take metformin as their first line of defense are less likely to need other medications for blood sugar later on, report researchers from Harvard Medical School. More than 15,000 people were included in the study, all of whom started treatment for type 2 diabetes between July 2009 and June 2013. About 60 percent of the patients were treated initially with metformin, while one-quarter started treatment with a sulfonylurea, like Glucotrol. Six percent started treatment with a thiazolidinedione and 13 percent took a DPP-4 inhibitor. Results Of the patients taking…
  • 'Medical home' physician model can improve outcomes for type-2 diabetes patients

    M Tyler
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    When it comes to healthcare for type 2 diabetes, quality may win out over quantity or frequency, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) report that doctors who create a "medical home" for their patients - by being accessible in person and by phone, developing ongoing relationships with patients, and being proactive in coordinating care - have a better chance of improving the health of their type-2 diabetes patients. According to the researchers, health outcomes for diabetes patients can be vastly improved with some small changes to how doctors…
  • US Senate Candidate Autographs Insulin Pump

    Ross Bonander
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The man hoping to win a US Senate seat in Georgia, David Perdue, was approached by a young woman who appears to ask him to sign her body, even offering him a Sharpie to do so. Perdue initially balked, but did so anyway. At least that was how the story originally ran. However, another angle of the encounter shows that Perdue was actually signing the young woman's insulin pump: Source: New York Magazine
  • Sunshine may slow down type 2 diabetes progression, weight gain

    M Tyler
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    The power of ultraviolet light (i.e., sunshine) may be able to slow down the progression of type 2 diabetes and prevent weight gain, according to a new study published in Diabetes. Testing the effects of UV light on overfed mice, researchers found that the rodents displayed fewer signs of type 2 diabetes, like abnormal blood glucose levels or insulin resistance. Additionally, UV-exposed mice seemed to gain less weight, despite being overfed. Vitamin D production didn't appear to play a role in the effects, the study reported, as nitric oxide was likely the cause - which is released by the…
  • Military Service and Diabetes

    Susan Renzo
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    There are few things more disappointing to a potential military recruit than to find out that they have diabetes and cannot sign up. As one can imagine, military members need to be strong, healthy and free from any disability that would require attention while in the field. The equipment they carry into battle cannot include needles and insulin. Potential Recruits When someone makes the decision to join a branch of the military, they are subject to a battery of tests for aptitude, intelligence and strength. They also receive a full medical evaluation. It is here that recruits sometimes learn…
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    Yahoo Health

  • The Green Drink That Can Cure Nutritional Sins

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Look for high-grade liquid chlorophyll at your local health food store. Photo by Little Wolf Collective By Dana James Chlorophyll…chlorella…wheatgrass…barley grass… It’s getting confusing. If I believed everything I read about these “green” products, I’d be throwing back chlorophyll and wheatgrass shots, making barley grass concoctions and swallowing chlorella tablets every few hours. Pick one, and you’ll benefit from the ascribed detoxifying and blood alkalizing properties of all four! My personal preference: liquid chlorophyll.
  • The Simple Lunge Fix for a Firmer Butt

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Small changes in your lunge form can turn this leg exercise into a butt-building move. “Simply changing the angle of your torso can help you activate different areas of your lower body,” said Nick Tumminello, owner of Performance University International and author of Strength Training for Fat Loss. Trouble is, most people are already plenty strong there, Tumminello told Yahoo Health. An alternative: “For an all-around lower-body exercise, I recommend hinging at the hips to angle the torso forward about 45 degrees,” Tumminello said.
  • Milk May Do a Body More Harm Than Good

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    A new study has found that, contrary to popular belief, drinking large amounts of milk each day does not lower a person’s risk of bone fractures and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death.
  • 10 Must-Have Healthy Foods to Keep in Your Fridge

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Here are 10 great foods—from hummus to chocolate bars—to keep around for a healthy lifestyle. A Light Salad Dressing I use Litehouse OPA dressing—it’s made with Greek yogurt for a lighter take on blue cheese and ranch flavors. Dairy-Free Chocolate Bars For a healthier sweet, try Enjoy Life dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free chocolate bars. Enjoy alone, or try the crunchy chocolate bar crumbled on top of Greek yogurt for dessert! Related: Fall’s Most Wearable Fashion Trends Hemp Hearts Hemp hearts are super seeds that have 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per serving—even…
  • The Max Amount of Weight You Could Realistically Gain in One Day

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    We asked Samantha Cassetty, R.D., M.S., nutrition director at Luvo, just how much weight you can realistically gain in one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad (eating) day.
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    This is Caleb...

  • #FDA Approves #DexCom #Share | DexCom Share

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Shipments will begin October 22nd and price is $299. Prescription is not needed. From CNBC: SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Dexcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its CGM remote mobile communications device: Dexcom SHARE. Dexcom SHARE, an accessory to the Dexcom G4® PLATINUM Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, uses a secure wireless connection to transmit the glucose levels of a person with diabetes to the smartphones of up to…
  • #Nightscout | The New Rig #WeAreNotWaiting #CGMinTheCloud

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    The Grid-It works well for the “rig” (the dexcom and uploader combination that feeds the data to the cloud). It fits precisely in Cal’s CMC Urban Day pack. There is some vulnerability to the DexCom receiver’s usb port. To avoid damage, it’s important to keep the connection of the cable to the receiver immobile and intact. The Grid-It does that well. There is a 3D printable case developed by two men who are members of the CGM in the Cloud Facebook group. The case holds the Moto G, the DexCom receiver and a special cable very snugly to limit any movement. You can…
  • #Nightscout | The first two weeks #CGMinTheCloud #WeAreNotWaiting

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    I bought a Boost Mobile Moto G, a cable and a Grid it. With a good sale at Target, total cost was about $73. I spent a few hours following the Nightscout Project instructions, and we were up and running. Initially, it’s like the first time you get CGM data. You can’t believe it’s right in front of your face and you keep looking at it (as if to confirm its reality) and soaking up the perpetual stream of easily accessed information. That novelty does wear off. We quickly got to an as-needed access basis. With the rig packed in Caleb’s bag, I could watch his BG while at…
  • Nightscout | Getting Started #wearenotwaiting #cgminthecloud

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    This is a picture of Caleb’s real-time pre and post lunch CGM data as I write this post. He is at school. I am at home. In April of 2013 (oh my goodness, I cannot believe it was that long ago) I mentioned DexCom Share with much enthusiasm. There’s a rumor going around that DexCom Share may be nearing FDA approval, but that is just a rumor with no substantiation. I hope we’ll hear something soon. It seems awkward to have a cradle and to connect to this cradle wherever you go and presumably carry this cradle around. But the idea of being able to access the CGM data of a…
  • What’s in the bag and what isn’t

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Here’s what Caleb carries inside his new PDM case: This bag is about just the essentials. As a middle schooler, the essentials are little bit more than when Cal was in elementary school. He can no longer rely on stashing things in his desk since he’s in numerous classrooms throughout the day. Backpacks are not allowed to be carried during the school day and access to his locker is limited to arrival, lunch and dismissal. So the essentials are pump, blood sugar testing supplies and a variety of carb options. Going clockwise starting with the PDM we have: OmniPod PDM which serves…
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  • How Does A Vegetarian Diet Help With Kidney Failure

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are many diets that can help with the symptoms of kidney failure. A vegetarian diet is one of the most popular diets that has shown to slow the progression of kidney disease as well as help patients feel better. There are many reasons why a vegetarian diet is helpful for kidney failure as well as many other health complications. Protein For kidney failure patients, they have to be careful about their protein intake. Plant based protein is easier for your body to absorb and process. It is recommended that two thirds of everyone’s protein intake come from high quality plant sources.
  • Low Sodium Spices that are Great Choices for Kidney Disease

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to eating chicken, beef, pork, and fish, it is customary to use certain spices to flavor your meals with. When you are living with kidney disease, however, the spices you use need to be low sodium or salt free. This is to avoid the potentially dangerous and uncomfortable consequences of allowing too much sodium into your body when your kidneys are not able to process it. This does not mean that your meals will be without flavor, however. In fact, most people find that using herbs and other low or no salt options actually brings out the flavor of the meat rather than masking it.
  • Iron Rich Foods That You Can Eat with Chronic Kidney Disease

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chronic kidney disease patients, especially those in the stages of kidney failure, have to be careful with their diets. There are restrictions that need to be followed for your comfort and overall health. This is because your kidneys are unable to process and filter out certain vitamins, minerals, and waste, nor can they carry out the many functions they are responsible for in the body. So are you looking to find out what iron rich foods that you can eat with chronic kidney disease. Unfortunately, these restrictions can often cause deficiencies. One main example is that protein rich foods are…
  • Controlling Your Calories on a Diabetic Diet

    19 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    For just about any diet plan, there is an aspect of calorie counting. Calories are tiny units of energy that are meant to be used by your body as fuel. Too few calories and your body does not have enough fuel to function properly, too many calories and you have excess, which is often stored as fat. On a diabetic diet, maintaining a healthy diet is important not just to your waistline, but to your health. To maintain healthy blood glucose levels, people on a diabetic diet often need to have a fair amount of control over what they eat and the calories they consume. Controlling your calories…
  • The Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

    5 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    Chronic kidney disease is a condition marked by the gradual loss of kidney function. Like most chronic conditions, kidney disease is broken up into stages of progression. Each stage is marks the progression of chronic kidney disease and level of kidney function. What are the stages of chronic kidney disease? Chronic kidney disease is broken up into five stages based on severity and other key indicators decided by the National Kidney Foundation. These stages help doctors determine what tests and/or treatments to use. The main indicator of what stage a patient falls into is usually factored…
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  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Transient Ischaemic Attack or TIA is a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. This can happen when a clot develops in the blood vessel due to atherosclerosis. This is more likely if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,  are overweight or obese, or have a family history of heart disease or if you smoke/drink in excess. The brain needs a constant
  • Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    The cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome is unknown but most experts think that several factors including genetics could play a role. Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects millions of women around the world. Its prevalence is much higher in women of South Asian origin. It is one of the leading causes of fertility problems in women and runs in families. It is also thought that insulin may be
  • Know Your Diabetes Numbers

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Target blood glucose for most people with diabetes: In the morning before eating and before meals, it should be ≥ 70 mg/dl  and ≤120 mg/dl. 1 ½  - 2 hours after eating, it should be ≤160 mg/dl. What level of blood glucose is too low? Less than 70 mg/dl What level of blood glucose is too high? Over 180 mg/dl : Talk to your doctor on next visit.
  • Prevent India from becoming the Diabetes Capital of the World

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Are there other ways of tackling the problem?  Life style modification and drug intervention in people with impaired glucose tolerance are Post primary prevention strategies which delay the development of Type 2 Diabetes mellitus.  We need to concentrate on Primary prevention which is more important to reverse or halt the disease.  One area of focus can be women
  • Managing Type 1 Diabetes at School

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    ‘When Divya (11) requested her class teacher permission to use the restroom for the third time in an hour, the older woman warned her against playing the fool. Embarrassed the child returned to her seat. Divya is not alone. Several children with Type 1 diabetes suffer in silence without proper support in school and among peers.’    - The Times of India  Children with diabetes
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  • Type 1Diabetes + No Insurance? How Little Can You Pay To Live?

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    You are an adult with T1 diabetes living in the United States. You have no health insurance – or worse, health insurance with such a high deductible that everything you need is out of your own pocket. This is today’s reality for so many people. Want to know how much having diabetes and paying out […]
  • Two Minute Diabetes Advocacy: #Vote4DM

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    If you have two minutes, you can make a difference for people with diabetes (even if YOU don’t have it). Got a Twitter handle? Have we got a deal for you… It’s an exciting time of year! It’s football voting season. Congress seats will be up for grabs and we want to remind those currently in power […]
  • #DOCAsksFDA Needs You

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Calling all PWDs! Calling all PWDs! Pick up the bat phone!   O.K., really, just need you to take a quick survey to help the entire diabetes community.  On November 3, the FDA will host an unprecedented discussion between the diabetes community and senior agency leadership (both drugs and devices).  The event will be live webcast […]
  • Glucagon

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The red box. I’ve shown it to coworkers. To family. To friends. I open the box up, show them the contents, and go through a complicated pantomime of what they would need to do. (Marcel Marceau is rolling in his grave. Silently, of course.) I had one staff meeting where my team played Rock Paper […]
  • PIP PIP! I’m Not So Cheerio Right (Write) Now…

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Remember how I wrote earlier this week that my finger was detriggered? Um. About that. If I am correct (and I’ll find out on Monday, so please place your bets now), I have developed a PIP joint flexion contracture in that finger. My finger will not fully extend, so when I give someone a high […]
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  • Prevent Diabetes: 3 Ways to Stop Diabetes Before It Starts

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Diabetes is becoming a more severe disease. But there are numerous ways that help you to avoid increasing diabetes. You can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by doing some changes in your life style.
  • Diabetes in men: Symptoms and Complications

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Diabetes is a disease that is characterized with high blood sugar level because body cells lose the ability to absorb and utilize glucose from the blood. The body needs a hormone, called insulin to absorb glucose from the blood stream. Insulin is produced by pancreas. Due the lack of insulin and failure of the body […]
  • Prediabetes may Increases the Diabtes Risk

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Diabetes is a chronic disease and it is commonly present in people today. You must be aware of early sign of diabetes to prevent the risk of type2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a state in which your blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type2 diabetes. Prediabetes is […]
  • Ayurveda is a miracle herb and boon to humanity

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    Ayurveda is also deal with serious disease like diabetes. Nowadays, diabetes becomes a common disease in people. Diabetes is a condition in which person has high blood sugar, either because insulin production is inadequate, or the body cells do not respond to insulin in proper manner. Individual with high blood sugar will typically experience frequent urination, excess thirst and unusual hunger.
  • Vijaysar’s bark an ayurvedic herb to control diabetes

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    In ancient times, pieces of Vijaysar were used to manage the diabetes. These pieces were soaked in water overnight and in morning, this water is filtrate with cloth and given to the individual who has diabetes.
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