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  • New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage

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

    Top Headlines - Diabetes Health
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
  • Take Care of Your Feet

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

    Strangely Diabetic ©
    Scott Strange
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com I just want some solitude. Really, that’s all I want right now. And to stay in bed, to not have to get up, to not face today in the world. But what I really want is to be left alone and [...]
  • Riddle Me This: How Would You Bolus For A Donnoli?

    Diabetesaliciousness ©
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    This is a Friday "fun" post based on a very real carb conundrum & a little slice of South Philly heaven known as the Donnoli~And for those naysayers who think a person with t1 diabetes ( or 1.5 or 2) for that matter can't eat a Donnoli - Think again!I work hard measuring out my meals, testing my blood sugars and having an electronic pancreas clipped to my hip. So when I do indulge in a tasty treat such as a donnoli - Know that I've worked damn hard to make it happen! ###  This above heavenly creation is a Donnoliphoto by John Colosi A Donnoli…
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  • Ask D’Mine: Anger Isn’t the Only Option (Part 1)

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sleeping can be a tough task for those of us living with or parenting a child with diabetes, no doubt. Not only do we have all the blood sugar monitoring aspects that go with diabetes and keep us up, but…The post You’re Getting Sleepy… Or Not, Thanks to Diabetes appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Here Come Generics — Test Strips and a New All-In-One Meter

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It almost seems that a new era of alternative test strips and other “basic” diabetes products has hit. It’s a sign of the times, really, as big-name brands are hurting because of Medicare competitive bidding changes that are limiting access…The post Here Come Generics — Test Strips and a New All-In-One Meter appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Diabetes, Parenting and the Art of Trudging

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few nights ago, my own middle daughter (non-D, age 14) asked me to test her blood sugar. She was curious if her before-meal shakes might be hypoglycemia. What ensued was an hour-long discussion of what I really do every…The post Diabetes, Parenting and the Art of Trudging appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
  • Glucose Testing via Earlobe, Not Stressful Fingersticks

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ah, non-invasive glucose testing. It’s the dreamed-about Holy Grail of Diabetes, something we know could someday exist but seems to remain just beyond reach. There have been oodles of attempts at non-invasive approaches through the years — everything from the…The post Glucose Testing via Earlobe, Not Stressful Fingersticks appeared first on DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog.
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  • New technique detects microscopic diabetes-related eye damage

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

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    The first MRI scan to show 'brown fat' in a living adult could prove to be an essential step towards a new wave of therapies to aid the fight against diabetes and obesity. Brown fat has become a hot topic for scientists due its ability to use energy and burn calories, helping to keep weight in check. Understanding the brown fat tissue and how it can be used to such ends is of growing interest in the search to help people suffering from obesity or at a high risk of developing diabetes.
  • Mothers with higher BMI have increased risk of stillbirth, infant death

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Higher maternal body mass index (BMI) before or in early pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and infant death, with women who are severely obese having the greatest risk of these outcomes from their pregnancy, according to a study. The authors suggest that several biological mechanisms could explain the association found in this study, including that being overweight or obese has been associated with increased risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational hypertension, and congenital anomalies, conditions that have been…
  • Pre-diabetes, diabetes nearly double over the past two decades

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Cases of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States have nearly doubled since 1988, suggests new research, with obesity apparently to blame for the surge. The researchers also found that the burden of the disease has not hit all groups equally, with alarming increases in diabetes in blacks, Hispanics and the elderly.
  • Everest trek shows how some people get type II diabetes

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Scientists have gained new insights into the molecular process of how some people get type II diabetes, which could lead to new ways of preventing people from getting the condition. The research, which took place on Mount Everest, assessed the mechanisms by which low oxygen levels in the body -- known as hypoxia -- are associated with the development of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when cells fail to respond to insulin in the body. Insulin enables the body to regulate sugar levels. Too much sugar can be toxic and leads to type II diabetes.
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  • Two Diabetics, a Low and a Pizza Place . . .

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

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

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

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

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    During our final dinner at JDRF Government Day last week Jeffery Brewer gave a speech that quickly brought tears to my eyes.  Parts of it have continued to run through my mind all week.  I know I... Visit my blog to read more.
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  • Take Care of Your Feet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    hi all, i was wondering how to change insulin pumps. animas pump seemed right at the time but now, 4 years later, i regret not choosing accu-chek combo. they say i can only change if i have a medical reason but i really want to change!! for practicality reasons, the accu-chek system really would work better for me. i chose animas at the time because i done alot of swimming but no longer do. its getting me down and i really regret not choosing the accu-chek system. its so much more discreet which suits me better because i want to hide my diabetes more now than i did when i was 10 SO BASICALLY…
  • How I keep track. *Useful tools

    Austin Pereira
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Of all the things I have to do on a daily basis, now I have to add more things to the list; Checking my BG 8 times a day now, taking oral medications 3 times a day. Remembering to bolus before my meal, not right after. Remembering Dr. appointments etc. On top of running a business and trying to keep sanity in my family, sometimes things get left out and keeping track is always a challenge. Fortunately I have a few tools that I like to use to keep me sane. Number one; Google Calendar I like it because I can have several different calendars, I actualy have about 8 of them of my own, a few…
  • Tragic Tale

    rick phillips
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tragic Tale Last evening April 17, 2014, two officers were killed in a middle class neighborhood of Indianapolis. The two officers shared a particular life event that is common in the world. They were at one time married. I suppose the facts are really not necessary in a case like this. The police officers both veterans of the Indianapolis Police Department (IMPD) met on the job were married and then last fall divorced. The female officer took out an order of protection following unspecified threats, the brass of the IMPD removed the male officers weapons and put him on administrative leave…
  • Excitement, Excitement, Diacrap, Sadness and Dr. Lips

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Excitement #1: tomorrow I have an appointment to start up my CGM. Fingers crossed that it will help to give me some insight with when my afternoon lows start so I can figure out the correct basal. I live alone so night time lows can be really nerve racking and I hope it will help me to wake up before I get to looooooooooooooow.Excitement #2: right after my cgm appointment I am driving down to Maryland with my mom and oldest niece to visit with my brother for Easter and vacation week.  Really glad to get away from my students for a week, love them very much but they are all getting sick (ugh,…
  • Good news for me

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    This is off topic, but good news I would like to share with friends. First, the background. In 1970 I injured my right shoulder. In 1980 I had Bristow surgery on it, where they shorten all the ligaments and do other things that restrict your motion, all with the purpose of keeping your shoulder from frequent dislocation. That has been completely successful, but I now have osteoarthritis in that shoulder. I have been taking celebrex for years, and before that vioxx (now withdrawn from the market) for swelling. I also take tylenol for pain. Yesterday I got a topical creme that works very well.
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  • Where's Hannah?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Down

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

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

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

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

    24 Mar 2014 | 6:56 am
    Alexis Nicole! Congrats and I'll contact you through FB!-Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
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  • Riddle Me This: How Would You Bolus For A Donnoli?

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

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

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

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Gadget:A mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article1. A small mechanical  device or appliance 2. Any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use.Synonyms: Contraption, whatsis, dohickey, thingamajig dictionary.comInsulin pump: A pump for delivering insulin in order to achieve tight blood sugar control and lifestyle flexibility while minimizing the effects of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The pump is composed of a pump reservoir similar to that of an insulin cartridge, a battery-operated pump, and a computer chip that…
  • Lunchy, Lunch & The Funky Bunch! Sorry, Couldn't Resist That Last Part!

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Lunch - A lot of times I'm not hungry at lunchtime - It's just the way I am.  Plus, I drink a lot of coffee in the morning (and I bolus for it) and water (I NEVER bolus for water) and both keep me feeling full - And running to pee!   Being on the insulin pump means I can skip lunch every now thanks to adjusting my basal rates. Still, I know it's not good to skip lunch, diabetes or not.  Skipping meals is terrible for your metabolism. No to mention the fact that if I skip lunch, I end up eating a yogurt or a Kind bar in the afternoon - usually…
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  • Pockets

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

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

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

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

    14 Jan 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Over the weekend I was invited by Medtronic to their 3rd Diabetes Advocate Forum. It was my first year attending. And I hope I did my best when tweeting the event (#MedtronicDAF) and now, as I share my thoughts with you all about what happened over the weekend. Full disclosure: Medtronic and Bayer paid for all of my transportation, lodging and food. They did not ask me to write anything. All of
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  • The twelfth year of my 20-year overnight success: Broadening the bandwidth to Flourishing with illness

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

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    Today Timesulin, the little company that makes this great insulin timer cap, goes live with a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. If you want to send a message to the FDA that we in the States should have great, useful, life-saving products as quickly as anyone around the world, sign up at the link above. With a small contribution, you can get one of the first caps when released in the States - and like me, find you don't wonder whether or not you took your shot. You can also get a copy of my latest book, "Diabetes Do's & How-To's."I've been using this cap for more than two years,…
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    A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.

  • A Brief Journey in Diabetes Advocacy

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

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

    Christopher Snider
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    I spend the next hour catching up with Cherise Shockley, founder of the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation. We discuss how her life has changed after getting a dog, the unexpected value in having a second grader take a personal finance class, the calculated growth of the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF), and knowing when to establish healthy boundaries. Enjoy! You can learn more about DCAF diabetescaf.org and be sure to follow Cherise on Twitter @SweeterCherise. Download: Just_Talking-235-With_Cherise_Shockley.mp3 Run Time – 57:52 Send your feedback to…
  • Always Educating

    Christopher Snider
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Man: "You have Type One diabetes? I thought only kids get that?" Me: Kids grow up, and still have type one diabetes. #alwayseducating— Trip (@mydearpancreas) April 13, 2014 I like this. As I continue to mull over ways to improve awareness within the diabetes community, I need to remember these educational moments are an opportunity, not a burden. I shouldn’t walk away from misinformation and ignorance, I should confront it. I shouldn’t be afraid to stand up for what I believe in. What’s that bit about being the change you want to see in the world?Filed under:…
  • Camping Preparations

    Christopher Snider
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Later this year, for my birthday, Dayle and I are going camping. I said I wanted a new lens for my camera and I wanted to go somewhere where I could really use it. Now we’re going camping somewhere (she hasn’t told me yet), and I get to prepare for things like no cell phone service for 4 days, and keeping food secure so wild animals don’t get to it (or us). If you read snark in that previous sentence, you are mistaken. I’m really excited. But this also means we have a lot of preparations to make before we become one with nature. First and foremost, we need gear. After…
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    D-Mom Blog

  • {Allergies} Nut Cross Contamination Where You Would Least Expect It: Great Value Drink Mix From Walmart

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

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

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

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    As caregivers, we tend to take care of everyone except ourselves. My friend Ginger Vieira, author of the book Dealing With Diabetes Burnout, was kind enough to let me pick her brain for some strategies for dealing with the stress that comes with caregiving. Head on over to Sanofi’s blog The DX to read my post Life With Diabetes: Caregiver Happiness. Caregiver Happiness 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.
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    Joslin Diabetes Center Blog

  • Finding Ways to Get Insulin to Targets Faster

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

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

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

    Joslin Communications
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    The New Onset Program in Pediatrics helps families with their new diabetes diagnosis The onset of type 1 diabetes can be a difficult transition for children and their families. It can become more difficult if the children are hospitalized at onset. If type 1 diabetes is identified early enough, before any major problems arise, kids are often able to be treated in an outpatient setting, rather than having to be hospitalized. Joslin Diabetes Center piloted the New Onset Program in 2010 to make outpatient treatment possible and now it is fully available for all patients whose condition allows…
  • Selecting the Best Hardware

    Joslin Communications
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    How to choose the best diabetes device for you? With the start of spring, you might be thinking about freshening up your diabetes hardware. Every year new meters, pens, pumps and continuous glucose monitors come to market. Whether you decide to stay with your old-standby or upgrade to something new and improved has a lot to do with your personality—are you the type to trade your car in before the tread on the tires is even worn or do you wait until it needs to be pushed into the dealership before you are ready to even look at this year’s models? But whether you are an “if it ain’t…
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  • Void

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

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

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

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

    Scott Strange
    20 Feb 2014 | 11:06 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com Miss Manners, in a brilliant failure of advice, tells a traveler that he would be very impolite to test his glucose in public saying Restrooms exist to provide a proper location for such necessary activities when away from home, and those [...]
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    Fitho » Diabetes Diet Tips- Information about It’s Symptoms, Causes, Treatment Advice

  • Do Diet Beverages Make You Consume More Calories?

    Dashmeet Kaur
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:15 am
    People who consume diet beverages to lose weight should be aware about the actual effect of those beverages. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that obese adults who drank diet beverages consumed more calories from food than obese or overweight adults who drink regular soda or other sugary beverages. The...Read More
  • Does Sugar Cause Cancer?

    Dashmeet Kaur
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:02 am
    Sugar is a commonly used food additive. Sugar is found naturally in fruit, vegetables, milk and honey. It is also added to other foods and beverages like sodas, juices, and desserts to sweeten them. Our brain requires sugar for proper functioning. So you would wonder why sugar is bad for us if it is so...Read More
  • How Yogurt helps fight Diabetes

    Voomika Mukherjee
    11 Mar 2014 | 1:13 am
    A new study has found that consuming yogurt 4 to 5 times a week may help you lower the risk for developing Type-2 diabetes. Yogurt is a fermented dairy product, and contains a specific type of Vitamin K, as well as probiotic benefits, both of which have been suggested to protect against diabetes. The benefits...Read More
  • 5 Dangers of artificial Sweeteners

    Dashmeet Kaur
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:27 am
    If you are one of those consuming artificial sweeteners, expecting it to not elevate your blood sugar levels and calories intake, then you might be wrong. Read ahead ‘sugar-free’ doesn’t always mean ‘diet-friendly’. • Weight Gain: This is exactly the opposite effect of what is expected by weight conscious consumers who use artificial sweeteners. Artificial...Read More
  • Whole Fruits Protect Against Diabetes

    Swati Kapoor
    18 Sep 2013 | 12:02 am
    Diabetes is a metabolic disease which is characterized by high blood sugar levels that result from defects in insulin secretion, or its action, or both. Diet control is an integral part of diabetes care and management. Food selection, preparation, portion size, timing of food consumption, activity adjustments influence diabetes management. Recently in one study, it...Read More
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    Opposite Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is low blood sugar ruining your marriage?

    Mara Tyler
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Being "hangry" (hungry and angry) can set up couples for disastrous results, according to research released this week from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When spouses hit their lowest blood sugar levels, usually at night, is when they reported being the most unhappy, the study found. "Self-control comes in part from the fuel we give our brains. This is one of the few physiological aspects we can control," study author Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University in Columbus, told Bloomberg News. "People who are hungry are often very…
  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes have almost doubled in the last 20 years

    Mara Tyler
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Rates of both pre-diabetes and diabetes (type 1 and type 2) are climbing fast in the nation, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The incidence of both conditions has nearly doubled over the past two decades, and obesity seems to be the main culprit for the surge. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes rates rose from 6 percent to 10 percent in the last 20 years, while pre-diabetes also jumped from 12 percent to 30 percent among Americans. 'Confirmed' cases provide more realistic numbers One of the more telling aspects of this study is that it calculated…
  • The Countdown to NO SLEEP!

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    This morning as I woke up, my first thought was..."This time next week I will have been up during the night to check my son's  bg levels!"  I know that parents who do this every night will be thinking that I am insane but I am actually looking forward to it. It has been over six months since that fateful day when my son moved back to his home town to live with his father and left me with an empty nest.  I still have a barrage of emotions that flow through me at any given time.  I have been a full-time mom for 20 years and a pancreas for 14.  I felt like I was…
  • 'I Feel Low': A Diabetic Parody of Frozen's 'Let It Go' (Video)

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Feeling low? Let this song lift you up. Diabetes Danica takes the famous song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen and gives it lyrics that any diabetic can relate to. More Videos
  • Chromium supplements don't help lower blood sugar, new research suggests

    Mara Tyler
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    For years, chromium supplementation has been a recommended method for blood sugar control, but it may not be that effective after all. A three-decade study from researchers at the University of Miami found that chromium supplements are not useful in lowering fasting glucose levels in either healthy individuals or those with diabetes. "Some previous research reported that chromium supplements lower the levels of fasting glucose," said study author Christopher H. Bailey. "However, the effect may have been exaggerated or mistaken for the effects of other concurrent treatments, such as exercise…
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    MV Hospital

  • Nutrition Therapy

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

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

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

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

    11 Feb 2014 | 2:11 am
    P.Bamila SeenaRajsekar Dept. of Podiatry Trigger finger or the stiff hand syndrome, is a frequent occurrence in people with diabetes. Diabetes can affect the musculoskeletal system in a variety of ways. The metabolic changes in diabetes such as  glycosylation of proteins; microvascular abnormalities with damage to blood vessels and nerves; and collagen accumulation in
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  • Sometimes It Is My Fault…

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

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

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

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

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    On the FAQ pages of Carelink. it plainly states: Which web browsers can be used to access CareLink Personal software? The system is currently validated to work with Microsoft® Internet Explorer® version 7, 8 and 9, Internet Explorer 10 Desktop, Apple® Safari® 4, 5 and 6, and Mozilla® Firefox® 5.0.1. Other browsers might still work […]
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