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  • Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

    Diabetes News
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    CRI President and 17th U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, understands diabetes from many perspectives, including its economic burden for the nation and the emotional toll it takes on patients.
  • High-salt diet doubles threat of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes

    Diabetes News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to a new study. Diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar in the bloodstream. People develop Type 2 diabetes when their bodies become resistant to the hormone insulin, which carries sugar from the blood to cells.
  • Actress S. Epatha Merkenson Brings Order to Her Diabetes

    Top Headlines - Diabetes Health
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Award winning S. Epatha Merkenson, Television, film and stage actress, brings a new order to her diabetes management: Get to Your Goals Program, which encourages people with type 2 diabetes to know their A1C, set a goal and take action.
  • Mixed Martial Arts Reveals Hidden Strengths After Type 1 Diagnosis

    Top Headlines - Diabetes Health
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Rob Cooper isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.
  • Therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice, study finds

    Diabetes News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, investigators have discovered. Regulatory issues must be addressed before moving to human studies, but the findings suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut -- the gut microbiota -- to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.
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  • Editor's Note, DCMS #198

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The mixing up of mixed insulins can cause problems for some of our patients especially if they are trying to achieve the best control possible. This week our Disaster Averted looks at what can happen when a patient is given the wrong analog (http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/articles/86-practicum/16641-novolog-mix-7030-confusion). Our Clinical Text looks at the cost of diabetes in the eyes of the US Public Health service (http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/articles/85-clinical-gems/16642-handbook-of-diabetes-4th-edition-excerpt-3-public-health-aspects-of-diabetes) and our Homerun Slides continue…
  • Role of the Kidney, Part 9

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    In this week's Homerun Slides, we covers topics including Familial Renal Glucosuria, Analysis of SGLT2 Gene in Patients with Renal Glucosuria, and the Effect of SGLT2 Inhibition on Renal Glucose Handling....
  • Handbook of Diabetes, 4th Edition, Excerpt #3: Public Health Aspects of Diabetes

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Rudy Bilous MD, FRCP Richard Donnelly MD, PHD, FRCP, FRACP Impact on healthcare expenditure Diabetes is an expensive disease. About 75% of the direct costs are absorbed by the long-term complications, rather than the management of diabetes itself. In the USA in 2002, the annual economic burden of diabetes was estimated at $132 billion (accounting for > 10% of total US healthcare expenditure). About 75% of the direct costs are attributable to managing the long-term vascular complications of diabetes, and 90% of resources are spent on type 2 diabetes. In terms of the costs of managing…
  • NovoLog Mix 70/30 Confusion

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    When prescribing NovoLog® Mix 70/30 analog insulin, health care professionals may write an unclear prescription, or if using an EMR system, inadvertently select Novolin® 70/30 human insulin instead. Be on the lookout for these errors. Read on for a breakdown of the key differences between these 2 types of insulin. Before the new insulin pens came out, there were four types of insulin: rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, and long-acting. When it comes to the pre-mixed insulins, like Novolog 70/30, there are fewer differences between the brands (for example, Novolog versus…
  • Tamara Hannon, MD: What Do You Recommend for Physical Activity and Nutrition for Kids?

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    Dr. Tamara Hannon talks about how she advises her patients and the parents of her patients on physical activity. She explains that the current standards are that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every single day but that this standard is being less and less met. She also talks about diet and how she tries to keep things simple for her patients, but that sometimes she will set carb limits at particular meals....
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  • Comment on Have Professional CGMs Passed Their Prime? by Brian (bsc)

    Brian (bsc)
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    I suffer from sleep apnea and at my first sleep study I stopped breathing for 180 seconds. That is three minutes. They didn’t stop the test even though later evaluation showed that my oxygen levels had dropped way too low. I believe the general thinking was that this was a “typical” night. If I didn’t wake up, I think they would have considered that just the luck of the draw considering that I was taking that same risk every night. Three minutes. I can’t even do that holding my breath in the pool. Can you?
  • Comment on Have Professional CGMs Passed Their Prime? by Mary Dexter

    Mary Dexter
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    My Dexcom G4 is very easy to calibrate. Most of the time I do the two fingersticks in a row and it’s reading accurately. The Medtronic, on the other hand,….
  • Comment on Talking Strategy with the CEO of the American Diabetes Association by AmyT

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Yes Bill, it is true. And we will have the scoop for you very soon.
  • Comment on NewsFlash: Band-Aid Sized Encapsulation Device Goes to FDA! by David

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Cool to see another possible solution going into trials. But I don’t really understand. If this device is implanted just under the skin, won’t any insulin it releases be subject to the same slowness limitations as subcutaneously injected or pumped insulin analogs? If so, how could this possibly manage blood sugar better than we can now? Since it must necessarily respond to food reactively instead of protectively (just like the artificial pancreases, but those have some predictive/learning capability, right?…)
  • Comment on Have Professional CGMs Passed Their Prime? by Scott E

    Scott E
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I used the Medtronic ‘Blind’ CGM for about a week – this was a few years before I started regularly CGMing. While it drove me nuts not having access to the data, I can see the benefit. I recorded my BG’s manually, and the CDE who had me on the CGM was able to “retroactively” calibrate it with the BG’s I gave her, picking and choosing the best ones (i.e when BGs were steady). If I had to calibrate myself – and had no idea what I was doing – I probably would’ve calibrated it 10 times a day and grown increasingly frustrated as it never…
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    Diabetes News -- ScienceDaily

  • Therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice, study finds

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, investigators have discovered. Regulatory issues must be addressed before moving to human studies, but the findings suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut -- the gut microbiota -- to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.
  • High-salt diet doubles threat of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    People with Type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to a new study. Diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar in the bloodstream. People develop Type 2 diabetes when their bodies become resistant to the hormone insulin, which carries sugar from the blood to cells.
  • Eight ways zinc affects the human body

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Zinc has been identified as one of the most important essential trace metals in human nutrition and lifestyle. Zinc is not only a vital element in various physiological processes; it is also a drug in the prevention of many diseases. The adult body contains about two to three grams of zinc. It is found in organs, tissues, bones, fluids, and cells.
  • Consuming probiotics for a month helps diminish fat accumulation in the liver, according to a new study

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Scientists have demonstrated through an experiment on obese rats that the consumption of probiotics for thirty days helps diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver. This new findingis a step forward on the fight against Non-Alcolohic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), which is closely related to obesity and diabetes.
  • New link found between obesity, inflammation, and insulin resistance

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    The NBR1 protein plays a critical role in regulating obesity-induced inflammation that leads to metabolic disease, a new study has found. The findings suggest a new approach to targeting the inflammatory links between obesity and metabolic disease to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes. The analysis also found that men with metabolic syndrome had higher levels of NBR1 that correlated with metabolic alterations and markers of inflammation, providing the initial clue that NBR1 plays a role in obesity-linked inflammation and metabolic syndrome.
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  • Going Old School . . . .

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    ****  Happy #dblogcheck day!!  And a big thank you to Hannah and Chris for helping motivate us (okay, okay, ME) to stop slacking on leaving blog comments. **** When I was younger, and the... Visit my blog to read more.
  • 3rd Time’s a Charm?

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    As I sit down to write this post, I realize I haven’t really done a very good job at blogging about my Enlite sensor experience.  I guess the reason is that I seem to only blog about problems.  I... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Still Learning . . . .

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    It was lunch-time on Friday at Friends for Life.  (Or maybe it was Thursday.  I’m not exactly sure because the days kind of blur together in a rush of activity and fun and exhaustion.  But I’m pretty... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Hangover . . . . .

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    I’ve spent the last week with what I can best describe as a Friends for Life Hangover.  Lethargic, moody, emotionally achy and just feeling the need to avoid the internet.   Don’t get me wrong, I... Visit my blog to read more.
  • Talk to Each Other . . . .

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    I like when my “toys” talk to each other.  (And now my head is filled with images from Toy Story.)  My new Fitbit wirelessly syncs to both my iPhone and my laptop.  When I log food into LoseIt, I can... Visit my blog to read more.
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  • Join Allie’s Voice About Diabetes e-newsletter!

    Allie Beatty
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Join the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes e-newsletter to see the latest YouTube video on what we’re talking about, ask a question about an upcoming show, or submit a show idea. Some machines like Siri just don’t get it. I love you, Apple, but sometimes Siri doesn’t get me. Subscribe and join me! Email Marketing You Can Trust
  • 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.
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  • The Sermon

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Once a Zen master just set down to pronounce a sermon, when outside a bird started to sing. The master did not say a word and everybody listened to it. When the bird stopped singing the master simply announced that the sermon was over, and he moved away. -The Spirit of Zen, Lo Zen, by W. Watts True creativity and alertness only arise when emptiness has seized the mind. I am halfway there. My mind is empty.
  • Invincible

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I remember back when I thought I was invincible. I was one of the people with diabetes that never would get sick. I was not going to let that happen. I ate right, ran a lot, took my BG levels all the time, and saw the doctor. What happened was that I was not one of the lucky ones. I got all the complications and then some other things too. Am I the same person that I was before, still a person, still me? I have hopes and dreams, Do they still matter? I believe they do. Until that changes it is not over.  I get up each morning and face the day as best I can. I wake encumbered by pain in…
  • Ranting

    Anna Banana
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Hey everyone! First off ive been tryimg to get on here when ever i get the chance however i am at band camp right now... Anywho i just need to rant. I really wish people would be more informed about diabetes. What bugs me the most is when i really need to use the restroom and nobody lets me. I rant about this because i was in sectionals with my section and i was 304 and had to use the restroom but the teacher wouldnt let me. This also happens alot at school.
  • 159

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    This is my first blog post here at Tudiabetes.com. For the last few months, I've been fortunate to enjoy the assistance of a close friend in complying with the daily drudgery of monitoring my sugar levels. He lives in California, I in Illinois and at least a couple of times a day he BlackBerry messages and tells me to check my blood sugar or message back where I am. Yes, I see some of you there in the back row smirking and raising your eyebrows. Lol. Perhaps not everyone would want or need this type of encouragement. But right now, I do. Until a few years ago, I was fairly hypervigilant about…
  • Diabetic attack

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    So guys this is like a lyrics parody about diabetes of the song heart attack by DeMI LOVATO if you know her, so here are the lyrics: "Diabetes Attack" Eating my snacks all up ‘Cause I don’t wanna feel low If I ever did that I think I’d never have my blood sugar low Never put my diabetes out on the line Never said "Yes" to the right snack Always had trouble eating what I want But when it comes to you, I’m never good enough When I don’t care My sugar is flying so up high Won’t take insulin which makes my sugar bounce like a basketball But you make me wanna act like a girl count my…
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    The D-Log Cabin

  • Summer Dayz

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

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

    21 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    "It's not about me."Except it was,darn it. My nephrologist had announced his retiring intentions via mail,and there was no going back..only forward."I want to find someone who is good for you,& your set of rather unique issues."And so,we talked. (At my last appt.)We talked about my magnesium issue,the diabetes,the Vit. D (where he dropped a rather potent analogy comparing my taking a few Vit. D pills to sipping a drop of water for dehydration),the upcoming gastro appt,the possibility of Celiac(doubts it),this,that,the other. He is leaving the practice to take care of personal issues and won't…
  • The Celiac Connection

    10 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Last Saturday, a T1 friend and I drove to TCOYD in DC. I've been under the impression that one either had celiac(or not) for quite some time now. Since I've tested negative several times for antibodies, I've assumed I don't have any problems. But at Friends For Life last year, they were doing HLA genotyping(along with antibody testing) which I participated in. Last month, that test came back positive which means I have the genetic susceptibility for the disease.(as does my offspring) I had J tested(amid the eye rolling of the pediatrician),and he is currently antibody negative.(to get the…
  • The YoYo Effect

    1 Jun 2014 | 5:53 am
    Up. Down. Up. Down.Such is the flow of life with type 1 diabetes,and it can be wearing at times. Especially as the days turn to months,the months turn to seasons,the seasons turn to years,the years turn to decades."Are we there yet?"We are a long way from being "there", a long way from anything resembling a cure. Slamming the door on hope is a hard thing to do,but I think we can at least hope that things will get better in our lifetimes.(in terms of diabetes treatments) And maybe,a cure. But having another condition for which most of the world has never heard about let alone have any interest…
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  • Me, Captain Cute & A Captain America Bandage!

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Kids are cool and I wouldn't mind if my infusion sets were all super-hero themed!FTR: I would love a Wonder Woman one!!Speaking of cool, today's #dblogcheck day - If you could leave a comment saying "CHECK" by every diabetes blog post you read today, that would be awesome! You can read more about #dblogcheck day over at  A Consequence of Hypoglycemia!Also, if you're not currently listed on my blogroll, leave your blog URL in your comment and I will add you ASAP!!I'd just arrived at the BBQ when my friend’s four and a half year old son ( and who for the rest of this post shall be…
  • Am I The Only One Who's OCD RE: Lab Work & My Fasting Blood Sugar?

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I'm supposed to get my blood work done tomorrow for my Endo appointment next week. Here's the thing: My blood sugars have been in the crapper since the middle of last week, I have a nasty summer cold and sore throat and I'm currently on a temporary basal rate that fluctuates anywhere between 119% and 125% over the last 5 days. And FTR: I feel like crap. besides the cold and sore throat, I have a blood sugar headache and my neck hurts. I know it shouldn't matter if my labs show a high and or elevated fasting blood sugar -especially since I'm fighting off a cold and a sore…
  • Stop The #Dstigma & Run With The Diabetes Advocacy

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    There’s been a lot of talk about the stigma associated with diabetes as of late, a.k.a. #dstigma. On June 15th there was a PFDC, Johnson & Johnson twitter chat moderated by #DSMA discussing DStigma at this year's ADA that addressed the subject head on. Diatribe put together a great Storyify re: the #dstigma panel discussion they participated/presented on last week at FFL & why we need to discuss it.I was helping in another FFL session so I missed this & I'm so grateful that Diatribe storified the session!And #dstigma was brought up multiple times in…
  • Free Write: Friends For Life 2014

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    So much happened during this year's Children with Diabetes Friends For Life 2014 Conference, aka FFL, that I could write a book - Seriously, 6 days and damn near 24X7 of learning, laughter, self realization and understanding about life and life with diabetes  - And  for the past couple days I've been plagued with the question: Where the hell do I start? Starting at the very beginning is of course a very fine place to start - But then the post would have gone off in a Maria Von Trapp twist& that's not the direction I was aiming for - And Lord knows how…
  • CHECK IT OUT: Jerry The Bear Has His Own Indiegogo Campaign!

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    I've been a fan of Jerry the Bear for quite sometime. For those of you who don't know Jerry, he totally rocks. Jerry's an interactive BWD (bear with diabetes) who does everything children and adults do with t1 diabetes. He tests his blood sugars, takes insulin from pens, counts carbs. Jerry's teaches children about diabetes through play and by always being there  - And that's amazing in all dimensions as far as I'm concerned! Jerry and I have become friends and last year I had the opportunity to interview him for Diabetesaliciousness! Today's the kickoff for Jerry's Indiegogo…
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    Every Day, Every Hour, Every Minute

  • Blind Sided by Love

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I’m falling in love. I’ve never really been in love before. At least not like this. I’m finding myself smiling at the strangest times of day and giggling over the craziest things. The strangest thing about the whole deal is that I feel like I’ve been blind-sided by the whole experience. They say that it usually happens that way. You like someone well enough and end up going out on a date. It’s
  • 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
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  • Patients learn something invaluable from each other

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    This poster was created last year by the American Recall Center with the help of several diabetes bloggers to help educate people about diabetes. I just found it and thought it worth updating you on several things it says here and explaining a little further.So starting at the top of the maze and going down, "Keeping my blood sugar under control requires both meal planning and exercise." True. It also requires knowing stress often raises blood sugar as well as being sick."Diabetes has to be a factor in every decision I make." Well, most decisions, and I do spend an exceptional amount of time…
  • Haidee Merritt's fabulous cartoons

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    The other day I was browsing the wonderful cartoons of Haidee Merritt. Haidee contributed a number of her cartoons to my book, Diabetes Do's & How To's, and has often and generously sent me more for fun. We had a great time working together, she type 1 from the age of 2, me 18.So, I was thinking why should I be the only one to have all the fun? Here's a joyful look at some of Haidee's published and unpublished cartoons. Enjoy. Of course, for more fab cartoons you can go to Haidee's website and purchase her book, or get mine. Better yet, get both!
  • ADA 74th Scientific Conference

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am
    The American Diabetes Association just held it's 74th annual conference in San Francisco.16,000 medical professionals, patients, exhibitors and trade people attended. Of course I would have made 16, 001 but I was in Phoenix attending my peer-mentor annual conference, the A1C Champions.So, while I wasn't in San Fran, I've been following the research, science and encouraging shift highlighting patient voices posted on various web sites. Here's are three if you want to catch up along with me:Healio EndocrinologyMedscapeDiabetes Mine
  • This is Type 1 diabetes, high and low blood sugars

    28 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    This was on Facebook. This is not my Dexcom, but it could be. What struck me is how so many of us are compelled to put our numbers up and share them looking for comfort, camaraderie and someone else who "gets it." For when it comes to getting it, I believe much of the health care community is in denial. We cannot "control" blood sugars in people with diabetes who use insulin. That's everyone with type 1 and some with type 2. But that frustrates health professionals; after all their job is to cure us, short of that to fix the problem - our up and down blood sugars. But that is the very…
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  • FDA Approval of Mannkind’s Afrezza - Inhaled Insulin

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:16 pm
    http://www.philly.com/philly/health/diabetes/HealthDay689289_20140630_FDA_Approves_Inhaled_Diabetes_Medication.html http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/138551/mannkinds-afrezza-approval-a-key-milestone http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/30/mannkinds-afrezza-approved-but-will-doctors-prescr.aspx
  • Panera Bread Power Breakfast Egg Bowl With Steak

    18 Jan 2013 | 4:17 pm
    The low carb and paleo worlds have been buzzing about Panera Bread’s new hidden menu items.  A quick look through the list of meals revealed that, based on the Glucoholic’s standards, the breakfast bowls were the only truly low carb option in the group.  Eager to try one of the breakfast bowls, we headed down to the local Panera and ordered the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl With Steak. The Glucoholic doesn’t eat tomatoes or avocado, and the fine folks at Panera were happy to prepare it with just the top sirloin and eggs.  The steak was very flavorful and tender, and the…
  • Sugar Ray Leonard Encourages Congress To Renew The Special Diabetes Program

    31 Dec 2012 | 1:47 pm
    Last week the great Sugar Ray Leonard encouraged Congress to Imagine a World Without Diabetes.  Particularly moving were his words about the decision to pursue professional boxing to help with the cost of treating his father’s diabetes.  He convincingly encourages Congress to act to renew the Special Diabetes Program by pointing out the following sobering statistics about diabetes: The leading cause of kidney failure. The number one cause of blindness in adults. The cause of the majority of amputations unrelated to injuries. Over the last decade, the number of children with…
  • SoBe Honey Green Tea

    15 Jun 2010 | 3:50 pm
    This green tea is a little bit of a change for SoBe. First, they’ve chosen to use plastic for this bottle. It looks like a traditional SoBe glass bottle, but will probably weather a fall to the kitchen floor a little better than its predecessor. Second, this tea is sweetened with sugar alcohol and stevia. We were excited to see what impact this would have on the sweetness of this green tea. Overall, green tea lovers will probably not like this drink. It’s probably most easily describable as uninspired. There is adequate sweetness, but the green tea flavor and honey are very weak.
  • Hint Blackberry Flavored Water

    31 May 2010 | 11:03 am
    We really hate doing negative reviews, but here comes another one! Hint Blackberry Flavored Water was totally uninspiring. It really baffles us that a new flavored water with horrible flavor hits the market seemingly every day. You would think that simple economics would bring about the end to this trend. A flavored water is pretty bad when you can say “I would rather drink plain old tap water because it tastes much better.” This water tastes like you took a glass of tap water, sprinkled in a few grains of any blackberry flavored powdered candy, and added a few drops of battery…
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  • Plantar Fishy-what??

    12 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    image: http://www.trufitusa. Ah, this blog has become such a litany of woes, I might as well just re-name it “I’m Getting Old, Falling Apart and Whining About It.” Seriously, though. Really? No sooner had I gotten over the bummershock of having a faulty thyroid, than I began waking up with excruciating, hobble-inducing, holding-onto-walls heel pain. It had started out as a dull ache which I not very brightly ignored. Then while we were on our lovely vacation in San Miguel de Allende, which involved miles of tromping around on picturesque cobblestone streets, lo and behold it…
  • Another Chronic Disease, O Boy

    17 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Five years into being diagnosed with type II diabetes, I finally felt like I had come to some sort of peaceful relationship with it. I felt like I was managing the best I could, and was really pleased late last year when my endocrinologist decided to discontinue my oral medications. I hadn’t even been considering that as a goal, so when she suggested it, I was both surprised and happy.  She said I was doing great. YAY ME! I was interviewed (and photographed) by Diabetes Health Monitor magazine (a staple in endocrinologist offices everywhere!) and feeling pretty darned good about it…
  • Goodbye (sort of), Foodie McBody

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:19 am
    Foodie McBody I just did a little thing that felt like such a BIG thing. I changed my Twitter handle, which has been @foodiemcbody forever. But for the last six months or a year I’ve felt like so much MORE than Foodie McBody. Many people I interact with now, in the writing world and beyond, don’t recognize or know Foodie. It makes me feel really emotional to make this change. I first took on the name Foodie McBody as an anonymous name when I started this blog. Because I was ashamed of who I was. I was diabetic and overweight and unfit and desperate. I wanted to reach out for…
  • The Long Road Back

    22 Feb 2014 | 3:30 pm
    photo credit: Unsplash/Sylwia Bartyzel Last night, I had a dream about trying to do a triathlon. It was a short, “fun” triathlon and I recall that maybe I just showed up, hoping to participate. But I couldn’t find any of my gear. I had to leave the course and run into a nearby apartment building and run up 3 flights of stairs to some random apartment to get my running shoes, or bike helmet or something. Then I came back down and I couldn’t find my bike. Where are the bikes? I asked frantically. I could see the very last, slow runners coming in to the finish. Someone…
  • Book Review: Ultimate Booty Workouts!

    2 Feb 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I’m going to be totally honest here. Normally, I would not be on the lookout for a book called Ultimate Booty Workouts. But I happen to think that its author, Tamara Grand, is FANTASTIC and so when it was published hot off the presses very recently, I could not resist a peek inside. I don’t really give my booty- I mean- as a booty – much thought. I think of it as a stack of flattish pancakes somewhere back there. But as a physical therapist, and as a recently injured/surgeried person, I do think give my whole hip-pelvic-gluteal area a LOT of thought. It has undergone a lot…
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    A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.

  • Mental Jui-Jitsu

    Christopher Snider
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    As my endocrinologist appointment approaches later this summer and I prepare to start wearing an insulin pump for the first time, I’ve noticed a new range of thoughts and emotions around the upcoming change to my diabetes management. I’ll try to lay it out, but I must warn you: my mind works in mysterious ways. It goes something like this: Wearing an insulin pump is an open display of my diabetes This isn’t exactly new to me as I’ve been wearing my Dexcom sensor on my arms for years now But this will be different in that it will not be as easy to contain the visibility…
  • #dblogcheck is Tomorrow

    Christopher Snider
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    I’m encouraging everyone who reads a diabetes blog to leave a comment on that post tomorrow. Make it thoughtful, make it silly, or simply make it a “Check!”, but leave a comment. A lot of the stories you hear among members of the diabetes community follow the template of “I thought I was alone”, and tomorrow’s check-in day is another way to remind each other that we aren’t alone in any of this. To help find each other, I’m also recommending you share your blog posts on whatever platform(s) you desire with the tag #dblogcheck. Particularly for…
  • Be The Hero Of Your Own Movie

    Christopher Snider
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. We look at our past and we say ‘well, that’s me’ - that’s not you. You are this person, right now. You’re the person who’s learned from those failures. Unsure if Joe Rogan is speaking to society at large, or just people living with diabetes. Have a nice weekend. Filed under: Wilford Brimley Tagged: Control, Diabetes, inspiration, Joe Rogan, motivation
  • Some Thoughts on Stuart Scott’s ESPY Speech

    Christopher Snider
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live” This was last night. Follow up reading: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/ct-stuart-scott-espy-balancing-20140717,0,3397661.column And one more… “I have to feel as much as I can like I don’t have cancer, although I think about cancer 20 times a day.” A lot of the conversations I have here, on this blog, pertain to living my life with diabetes. But the struggles, fears, guilt, anger, dread, joys, accomplishment, success, laughter, and love is not specific to just one…
  • Just Talking with Stacey Simms

    Christopher Snider
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    This week Stacey Simms joins me to discuss her career in broadcast journalism – from Middle School, to radio, and to television. We also cover her new position as a Health Reporter for Time Warner Cable News. And, we discuss her son’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes and the value she finds through the diabetes community on social media. Enjoy! You can also follow Stacey on Twitter @staceysimms, and staceysimms.com. http://traffic.libsyn.com/iamspartacus/Just_Talking-248-With_Stacey_Simms.mp3 Run Time – 48:11 Send your feedback to feedback@justtalkingpodcast.com. Download the…
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    D-Mom Blog

  • Why #ShowMeYourPump is not a big deal (but such a big deal)

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    (Today is #dblogcheck day. Leave a comment on every blog post you read today…or this week. You can simply say “check” to let writers know you stopped by. Read more about D-Blog Check Day on A Consequence of Hypoglycemia.) Q was asked to sing as entertainment at a recent local queen pageant. She had on a short, sleeveless cocktail dress that was quite fancy. The dress has some rouging and gathering and all sorts of fanciness. As we were backstage awaiting her turn to take the stage, I noticed a bump on her belly. I commented to her that perhaps I should have put her pod…
  • {Diabetes Management} New Plan Year

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    For some insurance plans, the new plan year begins January 1st. For others, it begins July 1 each year. The same is true of flexible spending accounts. Our flexible spending account was long ago depleted and I was looking forward to July 1st when we would have money in the account again. If you aren’t aware of FSA’s already, they are accounts that you set up through your employer in which you deposit pre-tax money with each pay period. The full amount for the year is generally available to you at the beginning of the plan year. All money must be used by the end of the plan year…
  • A Caregiver’s Journey (Part 2)

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Insulet asked me to write a series of posts for their Suite D blog on our journey from diagnosis to injections to pump. The second of six installments is currently available on their website. I hope you join me in the coming months as I recount our story. “At one point shortly after diagnosis, she decided that she absolutely did not want to get another injection. What could I do? She needed insulin to literally keep her alive…” Continue reading A Caregiver’s Journey to Pump Therapy Part 2: Challenges with Multiple Daily Injections on OmniPod’s Suite D blog. (Disclosure: I write…
  • {Diabetes Management} Bionic Pancreas In The News

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    With the annual ADA Scientific sessions a few weeks ago, there were many announcements and press releases from companies. I’ll be sharing a few that stood out to me… Image courtesy artificialpancreas.org Until there is a true biological cure (and there’s no doubt that we can debate what that means, because it’s highly individual), I’m really looking forward to the bionic, or artificial, pancreas. My hope is that it is FDA-approved and in consumers’ hands at an accessible price-point by the time my daughter goes to college. Senior year of high school would be even…
  • Diabetes Forecast: The Art of Sharing

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    I completely thought that I shared a link to a recent article in Diabetes Forecast with you, but alas, I had not. Lindsey Wahowiak wrote an article for the February 2014 issue of Diabetes Forecast titled “The Art of Sharing: Telling Others About Your Child’s Diabetes” in which she interviewed psychologist Maureen Monaghan, Cherise Shockley of DSMA fame, and myself about disclosing a child’s diabetes to others. Read “The Art of Sharing: Telling Others About Your Child’s Diabetes.” Also of note, the essay I wrote for Diabetes Forecast “The Pros of CGMs…
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    Joslin Diabetes Center Blog

  • How to Help a Teen with Diabetes Burnout

    Joslin Communications
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Diabetes can be overwhelming, especially for teens. All July, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about taking care of yourself emotionally. This story was originally posted on March 3, 2014. Growing up with type 1 diabetes adds an extra burden of responsibility to an already overwhelmed teen. In many cases, these teens have had to deal with insulin injections, carb counting, and the fear of overnight lows for years. It’s very likely that at some point, they’ll just want to quit. But type 1 diabetes isn’t like Girl Scouts or soccer or any interest a teen might outgrow. Throw…
  • Joslin Communications Internship Opportunities

    Joslin Communications
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Come be a part of our team! Joslin Diabetes Center Communications Department is looking for two interns for the fall semester. Communications Internship: Joslin Diabetes Center Communications Department is looking for a part-time intern interested in multimedia communications. The intern would assist in developing content for the Joslin website, blog and social media covering lifestyle management, Joslin events, and scientific and clinical advancements. Depending on interest, the intern would also have the opportunity to learn about and take part in video production. This is a hands-on…
  • Hunger Scales: Recognizing Hunger as a Tool for Weight Management

    Joslin Communications
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    All July, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about taking care of yourself emotionally. This story was originally posted on Feb. 28, 2011. This guest post is written by Amanda Kirpitch, M.A., R.D., C.D.E., L.D.N. “Eating in a developed country like the United States becomes a social, business, and family event, an act of pleasure, that goes far beyond the ingestion of necessary nutrients to sustain life.”  Kennedy and Blaylock, Economic Food Choices, and Nutrition ———————————————– Amanda…
  • Resources for Friends and Family: How to Support Your Loved One with Diabetes

    Joslin Communications
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    One way to support your loved one with diabetes is to learn healthy recipes that you can cook together. Read on to get more tips! All July, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about taking care of yourself emotionally. This story was originally posted on Jan. 13, 2014. Living with diabetes is no easy task, but sometimes the role of family and friends is overlooked. This article is for people living with someone that has diabetes. Wanting to support someone you love is natural, but it can be difficult to do if they are suffering from a disease that you know nothing about. Diabetes, like…
  • Overcoming an Eating Disorder with Diabetes

    Joslin Communications
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    All July, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about taking care of yourself emotionally. This story was originally posted on Jan. 20, 2012. “Mirror, mirror on the wall…For my eighth grade self, the day this common household wall-hanging echoed back to me an image that more closely resembled a cylinder of Pillsbury crescent rolls about to burst out of their airtight packaging than a twelve-year-old girl desperate for a single morsel of affirmation, was the day it crossed over to the other side. The war between the mirror and me had begun.” "Eating to Lose: Healing From a Life of…
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    Strangely Diabetic ©

  • Stigmas, Empowerment and Reaching All

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

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

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

    Scott Strange
    24 May 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Enough is enough. I’ve reached ‘enough’ I had a good day. I can’t really remember the last one of those I had, but I can remember this one. And that? That is enough.
  • What Doesn’t Make Diabetes Emotional?

    Scott Strange
    14 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    © 2014 Scott Strange, Strangely Diabetic and http://StrangelyDiabetic.com Some days it seems like everything about diabetes triggers something: frustration, anger, WTF, the despising of device alarms, the inability to not eat everything, cursing and a love/hate relationship with carbs. You know, that list could go on for a while so it might be [...]
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    Battle Diabetes

  • ACE Inhibitors and the Diabetic Kidney

    Susan Renzo
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:16 pm
    There are a lot of blood-pressure medicines to choose from. For the diabetic patient, not all choices are good ones. Some blood-pressure medications have the side effect of raising blood sugar levels, and others mask the symptoms of low blood sugar, putting patients at risk of hypoglycemia. For these reasons and more, doctors prefer ACE inhibitors for their diabetic patients. ACE Inhibitors ACE (angiotensin-converting-enzyme) inhibitors are a class of drugs that are used to treat high blood pressure. They act to negate the effect of an enzyme in the body which produces angiotensin II.
  • It Must Be OK - It's Sugar-Free! Wrong!

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    A very brief post to emphasise an important point.When we as diabetics are choosing foods for the menu or checking the ingredients of a recipe, sugar should be treated as just another carbohydrate. It is more concentrated than most carbs but my meter has repeatedly shown me it is the total carbs that count, not just the sugar content, when I test my blood glucose after eating.Food products which are marketed as sugar-free are very rarely carbohydrate-free. In fact, more often than not they have just as many carbs as the sugared versions. I encountered a classic example of this a couple of…
  • Labeling people as 'pre-diabetic' may be unhelpful and dangerous, study says

    Mara Tyler
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Using the term "pre-diabetic" to classify people with high blood sugar isn't only unhelpful, but it might also pose unnecessary financial and social costs, report researchers from University College London and the Mayo Clinic. The new study aimed to determine whether or not a pre-diabetes diagnosis could offer any health benefits or better rates of prevention, yet results showed treating pre-diabetes only delayed the onset of Type 2 diabetes by a few years. Furthermore, no long-term benefits of classifying people as pre-diabetic were seen. "Pre-diabetes is an artificial category with…
  • New nanotech microchip could diagnose type 1 diabetes faster than ever

    Mara Tyler
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Historically, diagnosing type 1 diabetes has involved a slow testing procedure that costs most patients a significant amount of money and time. But a new and inexpensive microchip-based test could change that, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The handheld microchip could produce results in minutes, while only costing about $20 to produce. "With the new test, not only do we anticipate being able to diagnose diabetes more efficiently and more broadly, we will also understand diabetes better - both the natural history and how new therapies impact the body,"…
  • The Power of Exercise: Overcoming Diabetes and Cancer (Video)

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Mike Maldonado talks about the power of exercise in fighting diabetes. Mike turned to exercise after being in a coma caused by diabetes. More Videos
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    Yahoo Health

  • Buyer Beware: Fruit Recalled Nationwide for Possible Listeria Contamination

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Photo by rageforst æsthir/Flickr CUTLER, Calif. (AP) — A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement that he is not aware of any illnesses caused by the fruit, and the voluntary recall was announced after consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp. and Trader Joe’s from June 1 through July 12, Wawona…
  • How to Overcome Depression After a Sports Injury

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    By Hannah Webster Photo by redmuffinshow.tumblr.com If you’ve ever experienced a sports injury, you’re probably familiar with that sinking feeling after hearing a pop followed by a sharp pain. Whether you’re a professional hockey player, a college gymnast or a recreational basketball player, an injury certainly has the potential to impact your psychological well-being. John Murray, a clinical sports psychologist based in Palm Beach, Florida, focused his doctoral dissertation on how an injury – and subsequent social support – affects an athlete’s identity. Murray’s patients…
  • Probiotics May Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Probiotics have long been known to promote healthy digestion. But a new study reveals they’ve been harboring a somewhat surprising benefit — the ability to reduce high blood pressure.
  • Why a Parenting Class Might Help Fight Poverty

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    Photo by At first, it may not seem that body inflammation — a condition that can lead to chronic health issues like obesity, depression, diabetes, and heart disease — has any connection to the cycle of poverty. The school’s Strong African American Families Project (SAAFP), part of the Center for Family Research, is a seven-week project in which parents from low socio-economic levels were given parenting assistance.
  • Getting Eight Hours of Sleep a Night? You Might Just Want to Cut Back

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    “The lowest mortality and morbidity is with seven hours,” Shawn Youngstedt, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University Phoenix, told the Wall Street Journal. It’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has funded a partnership with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine — the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project — to discern how to best update recommended sleep guidelines in the coming year, and why the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation is doing the same. Related: Go to Sleep: Which Pill Is Right for You The CDC…
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    MV Hospital

  • Millets for People with Diabetes

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

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

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

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    The DAWN study that was initiated in 17 countries in 2001 provided startling evidence that managing diabetes was more than just blood glucose reading and medications. Diabetes care must also focus on personal issues of the individual, the health system and how society views the condition of diabetes.The study identified that to improve the health and quality of life of people with diabetes,
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  • Two Minute Diabetes Advocacy

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    If you have two minutes, you can advocate for diabetes. I know what you’re thinking. What can I do in two minutes? More than you probably think possible. There are those who make it their life’s mission to advocate for diabetes. I am so very grateful that they speak in front of the FDA panels […]
  • The Rodney Dangerfield of The Body

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Air head. Big mouth. Red handed. Shoulder to the grindstone. Girded loins. Broad shouldered. Lily-livered. Glass jaw. Gut buster. Navel gazer. Black heart, cold heart, heart of gold. White knuckled. Brass balls. Butterfingers. Thick skin, thin skin. Up to your neck in it. Bent nose, nose for news. Yellow belly. Upper hand. Head in the […]
  • “Is The Patient Unconscious?”

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    “911. What’s your emergency?” “28 year old Type 1 diabetic with a blood glucose of 33 mg/dl after three juice boxes. It’s been over forty minutes and it’s not coming up.” “Is the patient unconscious?” “I am the patient.” Silence greeted me at the other end of the line, then the emergency operator croaked out: […]
  • The KISS of Diabetes Advocacy

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    Find your excuse. I don’t have enough time to commit to something that big. I have no idea where to even begin. I won’t make a difference. I’m too shy to speak up. I’m afraid I’d say something stupid. Someone else will do it.  Do any of these reasons not to advocate for diabetes hit […]
  • Diabetes Through Interpretive Dance

    Christel Marchand Aprigliano
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    We enrolled The Kid in ballet class, partially to get her involved in something that does not involve Play-Doh and partially for the comedy. (Have you seen three-year-olds dance? So good for a laugh.) I didn’t expect her to educate me about my diabetes and remind me of how it’s important to persevere. Children her […]
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