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July 2014

Actress S. Epatha Merkerson Brings Order to Her Diabetes

Award winning S. Epatha Merkerson, 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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2014

June 2014

NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins: Has A Slam Dunk Formula for Diabetes

NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, affectionately known as “The Human Highlight Film” has a few coaching tips for people with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 30, 2014

Life With Type 2: When You Know More Than Your Doctor

I got the bad news about having type 2 one summer day in 2003 from my doctor, a very popular general practitioner with a large practice. He didn't mince words: "You have diabetes."

comments 4 comments - Posted Jun 12, 2014

Why A Diabetes Camp?

After every show, Bret Michaels auctions his shirt and hat to the highest bidders.  A recent show in Maryland, raised more than $3,000. The money goes to his foundation that sends children to diabetes camps for a week at no cost to the family.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 11, 2014

Diabetes Health: Celebrity Theme for Crossword Puzzle #6

This crossword puzzle is dedicated to Pat Piper who is one our celebrity writers. My exchange with him today inspired this theme.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 8, 2014

May 2014

Life With Type 2: Science Catches Up to Our Experiences

Scientists will tell you that they don't consider anecdotes-personal stories about something-to be evidence that establishes a fact. Say you have 10 people swear they've been abducted by aliens, and all of their descriptions of the kidnapers match. That still wouldn't be enough for scientists to declare that aliens are real.
It would take other types of evidence, not just word of mouth, for the actual existence of aliens to be accepted as a plausible explanation for people's reported disappearances.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 14, 2014

March 2014

Rev Run and Wife Justine Make Diabetes Prevention a Family Affair

Your family can be the most important tool in your arsenal when it comes to preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes or managing existing symptoms.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 14, 2014

February 2014

How Much Does an Olympian Cross Country Skier Train and What Does He Eat?

On Friday, the official opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, we featured an interview with Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman, a type 1 who is participating in his fourth Olympiad. We thought it would be interesting to delve a little more into Kris's training regimen, including the foods he eats to fuel the high energy demands of his races.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 9, 2014

Kris Freeman in Sochi: Type 1 Diabetes Skier- 4th Time Olympian

I remember first seeing Kris Freeman when he was 21 at a diabetes conference. Two years after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Eli Lilly began sponsoring his dream of becoming an Olympic cross-country skier. During his off-season, you can find Kris at diabetes camps inspiring children to follow their dream. He is the only person with diabetes to compete in a winter endurance sports event at the Olympics.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 7, 2014

November 2013

Life With Type 2: How (Non-Diabetic) Others See Us

It's always fun to get a different take on things. You sit for years a few rows up from first base and then one day you decide to go sit out by left field. Who knew the game could look so different?

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 3, 2013

October 2013

Tom Hanks' Type 2 and Public Perception

When actor Tom Hanks revealed that he has type 2 diabetes last week on David Letterman's "Late Show," it caused more of a stir than even celebrity chef Paula Deen's admission that she has the disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 13, 2013

August 2013

Women's Diabetes Conference to Focus on Health, Wellness, and Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-It's the only conference in the world focused on bringing together women with diabetes for a weekend that will educate, connect, and strengthen them in their journey.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 4, 2013

July 2013

NFL Player Reaches Out to Inspire, Empower Young Type 1

Despite living with type 1 diabetes, fourth grader Joey Balistrieri wanted nothing more than to play football. But it would require advice from a professional player, Houston Texan tight end Jake Byrne, to convince Joey's mom to let her son take the field.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 29, 2013

Precedent-Setting Ski Champ Remembers the Kids

As if being the first Olympic endurance athlete with type 1 diabetes wasn't enough, there's even more reason to look up to cross-country skiing champ Kris Freeman.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 15, 2013

June 2013

Questions Follow Football Player’s Diabetes Diagnosis, Move to New Team

It's a nightmare scenario for a person who's been newly diagnosed with diabetes: You're fired after learning you have this chronic-yet-manageable disease. Everything the doctors told you about living a nearly normal life seems like a lie. Your visions and hopes for the future-already clouded with this scary medical news-darken.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 24, 2013

Rev Run Revs Up His Campaign for Diabetes Awareness

An icon in the world of hip hop, Rev Run is using his celebrity voice to draw attention to diabetes, a growing health risk that's especially prominent  in the African-American community.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 22, 2013

12th Q&A With Dr. Bernstein

Can Januvia Trigger Cancer Symptoms?

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 12, 2013

11th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Why is your goal for A1c so much lower than the ADA's 7% and AACE's (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) 6.5%?

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 5, 2013

May 2013

10th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Are there supplements that help to decrease insulin resistance? Are there supplements that can increase insulin resistance?

comments 1 comment - Posted May 22, 2013

What are your thoughts on insulin pumps?

I spent a month in a major insulin pump center and saw several things. Many of the female patients seemed to have wings on their sides where the pump tubing was inserted and they got lipohypertrophy from localized injections, but that was the least of it. None of them actually had remotely normal blood sugars. 

comments 21 comments - Posted May 15, 2013

8th Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Diabetics with dental infection should have a longer course of antibiotics, up to a year. Is there an optimal timing of antibiotic that should be used?

comments 0 comments - Posted May 8, 2013

If someone needs to restrict their protein intake because of kidney damage, is it safe to do a low carb diet?

The restriction of protein intake is an outdated thought. It was born of a study by Barry Brenner, at Harvard, back in the 1980s. He did a survey of the diabetologists in Boston asking, "At what blood sugars do you like to keep your diabetics?"  The collective answer ultimately was 250 mg/dl.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2013

April 2013

Is it dangerous to continually have low-grade ketone levels in your blood?

Low-grade ketones are not a problem; it's part of the survival system that humans have for getting through famines. We don't have many famines nowadays, but if they're not eating overnight, a large percent of the population is going to have ketones in their blood in the morning.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2013

What meds do you recommend to control elevated cholesterol?

In my experience the most common cause of elevated cholesterol is low thyroid. High blood sugars also have an effect on LDL that can be very dramatic. If someone has elevated cholesterol, diabetic or not, the very first thing you do is check their free and total T3, and free and total T4. When you give them adequate thyroid replacement, the LDL usually normalizes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2013

How do you evaluate the studies that show that strict control of A1c does not have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular events?

This person is referring to the ACCORD study, which in its initial unsophisticated scoring supposedly showed that a large group of elderly diabetics who had existing heart disease, died sooner when their A1cs were brought down.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 2, 2013

March 2013

Can you please explain the dawn phenomenon, and how best to manage it?

Dawn phenomenon is the situation where the liver removes insulin from the blood in the morning hours, which causes morning blood sugars to go up, even if breakfast is skipped.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2013

Idol’s Randy Jackson: “It Always Happens to Somebody Else, Right?”

Twelve years after it began as a summer placeholder designed to keep Fox TV viewers hanging around until the fall season, "American Idol" has become one of this young century's most renowned cultural phenomena. From the show's modest beginning, record producer and musician Randy Jackson has been at its heart, the memorable judge who has popularized such greetings as "Dawg!" and such praises as "I believe she's in it to win it!"

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2013

Can you please explain the dawn phenomenon, and how best to manage it?

Dawn phenomenon is the situation where the liver removes insulin from the blood in the morning hours, which causes morning blood sugars to go up, even if breakfast is skipped.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2013

Introducing Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

Can over-hydration or dehydration affect blood sugar level?

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 6, 2013

February 2013

Hormone Could Become Basis for “Exercise Pill”

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston report that they have discovered a naturally occurring hormone that can direct the body to burn more calories and increase its insulin sensitivity. Their results, based on lab experiments with mice, could potentially lead to therapies for diabetes, obesity, and even muscular dystrophy.

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 10, 2013

January 2013

#Six and Diabetes: Jay Cutler On Numbers

As an NFL quarterback, Jay Cutler makes his living putting a football into the hands of an open receiver before getting slammed to the ground by a huge defensive lineman.  It's a stressful occupation, all about timing, a little luck, and seeing the big picture in a split second.  

comments 9 comments - Posted Jan 29, 2013

Type 2 Comedian Drew Carey Sheds 80 Pounds, Says No-Carb Diet Did It

Keep a close eye on this story. It has two elements necessary for creating a lot of buzz: a celebrity and his unconventional "cure" for a disease. 

comments 5 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2013

Recipes and Tips for a Diabetes-Friendly Eating During the Big Game

CHICAGO, IL -- January 24, 2012 -- The news of celebrity chef Paula Deen having diabetes has triggered a national conversation about how diet affects people with diabetes or those who are at risk of getting it.   

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 24, 2013

Just Don’t Do Nothing!

On September 26, 1992, my daughter Kaitlyn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Since that time, we have immersed ourselves in the world of diabetes with two goals: First, to ensure that Kaitlyn has the very best tools, both medical and emotional, to manage her diabetes, and second, to dedicate our unyielding efforts in pursuit of a cure. For us, it's not either/or: It's both.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 21, 2013

Each One of Us Inspires the Other

Every spring since 1999, the Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) has distributed our publication to their young campers. In honor of their youthful enthusiasm, our springtime issue always focuses on people who inspire us, from the young to the old. In this issue, we bring you the stories of people who refuse to let their diabetes limit them, people whose example re-ignites our determination to live our very best and healthiest lives. As a publisher, I am always seeking inspiration, and each of these individuals is a fresh reminder of what we can do if we put our minds to it.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 19, 2013

Crystal Bowersox: Striving to Live Without Limitations

Nobody thought for even a second that Crystal Bowersox's second-place finish on "American Idol 2010" meant that the 26-year-old was headed back to her native Elliston, Ohio, to resume a quiet life.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 17, 2013

Earl’s Pearls of Wisdom for Restaurateurs

Earl "the Pearl" Monroe was one of the greatest guards in the history of the National Basketball Association, playing from 1967 through 1980 for the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. A member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, he was enshrined in the league's Hall of Fame in 1990. The Knicks retired his jersey number, 15, in 1986.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 14, 2013

He’s a Type 1 on TV and in Real Life

Forty-three year old stage and TV actor Stephen Wallem is a jack of all trades when it comes to entertainment. Best known for his one-man musical review, "Off the Wallem," he is also a playwright, composer, and director. Currently, he plays Thor, a gay nurse with type 1 diabetes, on the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie."

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 12, 2013

Riding on Insulin

Professional snowboarder Sean Busby started competing at age 14 and began training for the Winter Olympics at 16. But in 2004, at age 19, Sean's troubling bouts of thirst and weariness were revealed as symptoms of type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 8, 2013

December 2012

An Interview With Mike Golic

Mike Golic is the co-host of ESPN's wildly popular radio show, "Mike and Mike in the Morning." Before beginning work as a broadcaster in 1995, he played for nine years as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, including stints with the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins. About five years ago, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since then, he has become involved in getting the word out about type 2, including the potential danger of hypoglycemia. He is a spokesman for "Blood Sugar Basics," a website and outreach program co-sponsored by Merck and the American College of Endocrinology.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 21, 2012

Halle Berry Says She's Worked Her Way Up From Type 1 to Type 2 Diabetes

No less an authority than the New York Times wrote in May 2006 that Halle Berry has type 1 diabetes, listing her as one of several "stars who have type 1 - Gary Hall, the Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer; Adam Morrison, the Gonzaga University basketball star; [and] Halle Berry."

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 17, 2012

Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

Jay Hewitt is 41 years old and has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1991. He is an elite Ironman triathlete (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run) and three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon. He is a lawyer, the father of a 16-month-old daughter, and a motivational speaker. He speaks to people with diabetes and others all over the world on fitness, nutrition, and achieving goals in life and business. Jay is also captain of Team Joslin at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. Visit Jay's website at www.jayhewitt.com.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 12, 2012

Incorporating Exercise Into a Busy Life

I would exercise if I had more time... if I had a health club membership... if it didn't hurt so much... if I knew what exercises to do... if I could do it with my family... if I could control my blood sugar...

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 10, 2012

Behind the Wheel, But Still in Control

Last May, 24-year-old Charlie Kimball was in Car #35, taking Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Firestone Freedom 100. He was in radio contact with his pit crew, who informed him that he had a headwind coming out of the turn and onto the 5/8 mile "straight." Charlie kept an eye on the car next to him, moving closer and beginning to crowd it on the inside. Having raced professionally for six years, he knew that he had to make a move, and soon. He shifted into sixth gear and accelerated.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 4, 2012

November 2012

Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is all about. I'll call him "Adam.'

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 29, 2012

President's Win Is Reprieve For 'Obamacare'

President Barack Obama’s victory cements the Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to millions but leaving weighty questions about how to pay for it and other care to be delivered to an increasingly unhealthy, aging population.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 8, 2012

October 2012

Special Diabetes Coupon Savings from Diabetes Health and CVS Pharmacy

I’m very happy to announce Diabetes Health’s partnership with CVS/pharmacy and welcome you to ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes® from CVS/pharmacy®. If you have diabetes and already have a CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare® card, ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes offers even more benefits.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2012

September 2012

Paula Deen and Type 2: The Real Story

Celebrity chef Paula Deen was subjected to some withering criticism recently when the public learned that she has type 2 diabetes. How could she push butter and sugar-loaded recipes at TV viewers when she has diabetes, her critics demanded.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 29, 2012

An Amazing Race Winner Connects With the Diabetes Community

To a casual observer, Dr. Nat Strand might look like an over-achiever. After all, she and her partner won Season 17 of her favorite television show, "The Amazing Race." Winning the race opened her world up to the diabetes community, which, interestingly enough, inspired her to take better care of herself. Her mission now is to encourage everyone with diabetes to connect with the diabetes community and benefit from knowing others who understand the daily challenges of managing type 1 diabetes. When I caught up with Dr. Strand, we began by talking about what drove her to enter the Amazing Race.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 5, 2012

August 2012

Country Star Looks Up to Children With Diabetes

Country music star George Canyon recently teamed up with Animas to do a five-day, five-city tour across Canada to reach out to people with type 1 diabetes. The "George Canyon and Friends Diabetes Heroes Tour" started on May 14 in St. John's, Newfoundland, and ended on May 18 in Prince George, British Columbia, 3,000 miles west.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2012

July 2012

Can’t Miss Red Snapper in a new light

Let's face it; seafood is a way of life for us here in the South. We find excuses to eat it for any meal of the day, and this red snapper is no different.  I managed to shed some of the sodium by cutting back on the salt, and switching out the butter for some delicious olive oil.  Your whole family will love these healthier, succulent fillets of fish. The name says it all, this is a recipe that you won't want to miss!

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2012

Green Chili Corn Muffins in a new light

Lookin' for bread with a little bite to it? Then you're going to fall in love with these chili corn muffins in a new light. I was able to reduce the fat and sodium by using egg whites and reduced-fat cheese and fat-free buttermilk. They're great for a grilling night!

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 19, 2012

June 2012

A Celebrity Chef’s Documentary About Diabetes

Not long ago, celebrity chef Charles Mattocks, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes, came across the twitter account that I use to connect with the diabetes community. He called me and told me about his idea for making a documentary about diabetes and asked if I would like to participate. Charles saw the need for an up-close view of our disease that would be very supportive of the diabetes community. Having had type 1 diabetes for 12 years, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of a film that focuses on the struggles of dealing with diabetes.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jun 2, 2012

January 2012

MTV’s True Life: I Have Diabetes

With the recent news of Paula Deen's battle with type 2 diabetes, diabetes has been getting some negative coverage in the media. I've even heard comments like " No wonder Paula Deen has diabetes when she eats so much sugar and butter." This is frustrating because it perpetuates the false stereotype that all people with diabetes are the same.

comments 6 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2012

DiabetesSisters’ National Conference Set for May 18-20 in Raleigh, NC

RALEIGH, NC- DiabetesSisters is pleased to announce that registration for the 2012 Weekend for Women Conference opened on January 1, 2012, at 8 AM. The conference, a revolutionary weekend designed specifically for women with diabetes, will take place Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 24, 2012

Riding on Insulin

Professional snowboarder Sean Busby started competing at age 14 and began training for the Winter Olympics at 16. But in 2004, at age 19, Sean's troubling bouts of thirst and weariness were revealed as symptoms of type 1 diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 10, 2012

December 2011

Diabetes Diva Amanda Lamb’s “Christmas In Love” Arrives on YouTube

Diabetes Health readers who are Amanda Lamb fans can watch her first-ever Christmas single, "Christmas In Love," on YouTube.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 22, 2011

Nick Jonas Receives DREAM Award From Disability Rights Legal Center

This year's DREAM Award, presented by the Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), was given to Nick Jonas, the musician and actor best known as one of the three Jonas Brothers. He was among the special recipients at the DRLC's annual Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner, held this year on November 17, 2011.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 3, 2011

November 2011

Helping African Americans F.A.C.E. Their Risk for Diabetes

Diabetes Health publisher Nadia Al-Samarrie recently spoke with television and movie actor Anthony Anderson, who has taken a lead role with Eli Lilly & Company's F.A.C.E. campaign, a diabetes outreach to African Americans. A veteran of more than 20 films, Anthony, age 41, currently plays Detective Kevin Bernard on NBC's Emmy Award-winning drama, "Law & Order."

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 27, 2011

An Interview With Mike Golic

Mike Golic is the co-host of ESPN's wildly popular radio show, "Mike and Mike in the Morning." Before beginning work as a broadcaster in 1995, he played for nine years as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, including stints with the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins. About five years ago, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since then, he has become involved in getting the word out about type 2, including the potential danger of hypoglycemia. He is a spokesman for "Blood Sugar Basics," a website and outreach program co-sponsored by Merck and the American College of Endocrinology.

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 25, 2011

June 2011

Medical Tourism Offers Big Savings, Big Questions

Need a cheap kidney? How about a quick and easy bypass operation? Medical tourism offers a way for people facing pricey medical procedures to both save money and see another country. And while some, including President Obama, disparage the practice, it's on the rise as healthcare costs in the United States skyrocket beyond the budget of middle-class patients.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jun 17, 2011

February 2011

Dribble to Stop Type 2 Diabetes Awareness Campaign

The National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and sanofi-aventis U.S., today announced the launch of Dribble to Stop Diabetes, a national multimedia campaign designed to encourage fans to live an active, healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about diabetes prevention, management and the potentially serious health complications that can be associated with the disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 16, 2011

January 2011

Getting Personal With Bret Michaels

It's Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh, just outside of the Steelers' Heinz Field, and the Bret Michaels Band has come home for some hard-driving rock and roll.  The 20,000 screaming fans are a generational mix, shrieking 16-year-old girls side-by-side with moms and dads who have temporarily abandoned their parental roles to dance, sing the familiar words to "Look What the Cat Dragged In," and howl into the nighttime air. On stage is Bret Michaels, the boy from Butler, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town just an hour north.

comments 16 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2011

Interview With Nick Jonas, a Pop Star With a Conscience

"Got the news today, doctor said I had to stay, a little bit longer and I'll be fine....Waitin' on a cure, but none of them are sure,  a little bit longer and I'll be fine....So I wait ‘til kingdom come, all the highs and lows are gone, a little bit longer and I'll be fine."

comments 12 comments - Posted Jan 21, 2011

December 2010

Diabetes and YouTube

University of Alaska Anchorage nursing student Ben McCormack was excited when a professor showed a YouTube video in his pathophysiology class.  "She tries to bring in a lot of multimedia stuff to each unit," he reports.  "And ‘Diabetes Rap' actually has all the information about [type 1] diabetes right in the video." "The Diabetes Rap," starring diabetic Luke Widbin, was the 2008 winner of the World Diabetes Day Young Voices video contest, thanks in part to Luke's willingness to make rhymes like "Sugar overdoses give me ketoacidosis."  With well over 100,000 views, this video does an educational and entertaining job of relating the facts about diabetes. See it here. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 20, 2010

Charlie Kimball to Pilot New IndyCar Entry

Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, has partnered with Chip Ganassi Racing, LLC to create the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar season. The team will sponsor a new entry in the series driven by American racecar driver Charlie Kimball. This partnership makes Kimball one of the first drivers from the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights series to move up the official "Road to Indy" with a full season sponsorship.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 16, 2010

Nick Jonas' Holiday Dog Tag Challenge

This holiday season, Nick and Bayer have issued a dog tag challenge!  You can help them reach the goal of 50,000 tags by purchasing one for yourself or giving one as a gift this holiday season.  Proceeds from each tag sold will go to the Jonas Brothers Change for the Children Foundation to help others.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2010

Celebrity Life Coach

New York, NY (Grassroots Newswire) December 6, 2010 - Kathy Dolgin a.k.a High Voltage, beloved mentor to an A-list of supermodels, singers and television personalities and named a top lifestyle and fitness coach by Vogue Magazine, will appear on Divabetic's Diva TalkRadio Diabetes Spotlight with host Max "Mr. Divabetic" Szadek on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at 6 p.m., Eastern. The exclusive interview will highlight Dolgin's war on Type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity, her amazing personal journey and her nonprofit organization, Energy Up Voltage Approved (www.energyup.org).

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 6, 2010

October 2010

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes

What do you get when international best-selling author Dr. Steven Covey joins forces with Bayer Diabetes Care and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)? You get an inspirational booklet that is a simple, practical resource guide to help people get started in managing their diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 12, 2010

Paul and Mira Sorvino Partner with sanofi-aventis to Launch Diabetes Co-Stars

We all know of Paul and Mira Sorvino, the legendary father and daughter actors who have graced the small and big screens for decades. Paul has played such classic characters as Paulie Cicero in the film Goodfellas and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the TV series Law & Order and is a well-known chef and singer, while Mira has starred in over 30 movies and won an Academy Award in 1995 for her role as Linda Ash in Mighty Aphrodite.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 5, 2010

September 2010

The Scarlet 'D'

Do you ever wish you could leave your diabetes at home?  Maybe you're at a holiday party, chit chatting with your buds gathered around the bar enjoying an adult beverage (or two), maybe grazing at the table of cookies, cakes and other tempting morsels.  "Oh, I think I'll try one of those.  Maybe one of those too.  I didn't bring my diabetes with me, so I don't have to think about it tonight."  Diabetes is not last year's outfit you can leave at home, or a bad relationship you can dump and move on.  It is more like a tattoo.  It goes everywhere with you.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 24, 2010

July 2010

Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is all about. I'll call him "Adam."

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 29, 2010

June 2010

Ironman Jay

It's early on a Thursday morning in a hotel ballroom in downtown Oakland, and attendees at a breakfast of the annual meeting of the California Dietetic Association are still working on getting fully awake. That problem is solved two minutes after Jay Hewitt, the breakfast's inspirational speaker, takes the stage. Hewitt, a 41-year-old lawyer who was diagnosed with type 1 in 1991, knows his audience is an experienced group of professional dietitians that has dealt with every type of patient and heard every kind of excuse for failure.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2010

May 2010

Bret Michaels - Type 1 Diabetes Patient and Celebrity Apprentice Winner

It was a great win for diabetes on Sunday night as Bret Michaels, lead singer for the rock band Poison and reality TV star, was crowned the latest Celebrity Apprentice winner after struggling with several medical scares in the past month. Just as impressive is that throughout the season, Michaels' various wins raised more than $390,000 for the American Diabetes Association, including the final challenge prize from Snapple, worth $250,000. The 47-year old Michaels has lived with type 1 diabetes since he was six years old.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 29, 2010

Nick Jonas and Bayer Diabetes Care Announce 'Give Back. Simply Win'

A new contest, "Give Back. Simply Win." sponsored by Bayer Diabetes Care will shine a spotlight on people with diabetes who are making a difference in their local communities. Three grand prize winners will meet international singing sensation Nick Jonas and Bayer will donate $5,000 to three not-for-profit charitable causes, one selected by each winner.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 24, 2010

Jonas Brothers Help Raise $250,000 for Diabetes

Grammy-award-nominated teen pop sensations the Jonas Brothers helped raise more than $250,000 at the annual "Rock For Diabetes" benefit on May 16, held at the home of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. More than 200 people attended this year's benefit, which raised funds for the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 22, 2010

Avoiding Post-Race Hypoglycemia

I woke up on the floor of my living room, soaked in sweat.  I could not stand, or even sit up.  I could not raise my arms or control my hands enough to grasp anything. Forget reaching for the telephone, even if my brain could have formulated the thought to try.  I could not speak, but I lived alone, so there was no one to hear anyway.  I did not know what day it was, but the hot July 4th late afternoon sun was shining brightly through the windows.  After an unknown period of time, my brain must have had a flash of coherence that I was having severe hypoglycemia. 

comments 8 comments - Posted May 8, 2010

Bret Michaels: Rock Star, Celebrity Apprentice, and Type 1 Diabetic

Bret Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage last week, and his official website states that he remains in critical condition in ICU under 24-hour supervision by doctors and medical staff.  His doctors are hopeful that he can make a full recovery, but that could take weeks or months.

comments 3 comments - Posted May 1, 2010

April 2010

Bayer Diabetes Care Introduces DIDGET

Bayer Diabetes Care today announced the introduction of the DIDGETTM blood glucose monitoring system in the United States.  The DIDGET meter is unique because it is the only blood glucose meter that connects directly to Nintendo DSTM and DS Lite gaming systems to help kids manage a lifelong disease by rewarding them for building consistent testing habits and meeting personalized blood glucose target ranges. Bayer's DIDGET meter is now available for purchase in the U.S. through CVS.com, Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 26, 2010

March 2010

Teenagers and Diabetes

Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager with diabetes can be brutal (and being the parent of a teenager with diabetes can turn you into a basket case). Last month, I wrote about the challenges of being newly diagnosed.  This month, let's talk about handling diabetes during the teenage years.

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 5, 2010

January 2010

Kris Freeman Skis for Gold at the Vancouver Olympics

Thousands of elite athletes from around the world are making their final preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Every snowboarder, short track speed skater, ski jumper and hockey player shares a dream of standing on the medium wearing an Olympic gold medal.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 29, 2010

The Doctor says,

"You have diabetes."  Have you just heard these words?  Or maybe you recently heard it about your son or daughter.  The oxygen rushes out of your body.  A knot forms in your stomach.  "What now?"

comments 11 comments - Posted Jan 4, 2010

September 2009

Nick Jonas Inspires Both Journalists and Kids with Diabetes

Nick Jonas is only 16 years old, but he's already been a pop star for years. He's also had type 1 diabetes for nearly four of those years. When he spoke to journalists at the National Press Club recently, he was one of the youngest guests ever invited to speak there.

comments 3 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2009

August 2009

Olympia Dukakis and Her Husband Tackle Type 2 Together

Three days after a routine physical last November, 84-year-old Louis Zorich was called by his doctor and told that he had type 2 diabetes. The first words out of the seasoned actor's mouth were "There's been a mistake." Louis, who's been married to Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis for 47 years, proceeded to explain (incorrectly) to his doctor, "Men don't get diabetes. My three brothers don't have it, but my mother had it....It may be genetic, but only the female side of my family can have diabetes."

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2009

Behind the Wheel, But Still in Control

Last May, 24-year-old Charlie Kimball was in Car #35, taking Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Firestone Freedom 100. He was in radio contact with his pit crew, who informed him that he had a headwind coming out of the turn and onto the 5/8 mile "straight." Charlie kept an eye on the car next to him, moving closer and beginning to crowd it on the inside. Having raced professionally for six years, he knew that he had to make a move, and soon.  He shifted into sixth gear and accelerated.

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 8, 2009

A Chat with Kelli Kuehne on Life, Golf, and Diabetes

In 1994, Kelli Kuehne was on a roll. That year, she won the United States Girls Junior Amateur Golf Championship and a year later, she won the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championship, repeating that win in 1996 while also taking the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship. The roll continues. Today, Kelli Kuehne is still playing matches in the LPGA and, through it all, has never allowed type 1 diabetes to beat her on the golf course or in her life.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2009

July 2009

Rock and Roll: The Winterland Door

San Francisco's Winterland Arena, an old ice skating rink converted into a music venue in 1966 by rock promoter Bill Graham, became legendary for the shows that happened there. It was the site of some of the most memorable moments in rock ‘n' roll history, and through its back door once walked some of the greatest stars ever known. Although Winterland no longer exists, its door lives on, and that very door is now available for purchase!

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 30, 2009

Dealing With Your Newly Diagnosed Diabetes: First, Look for Patterns

A man who has been married for 15 years suddenly begins losing weight and buying new clothes. He starts staying late at work and taking weekend business trips, unusual behaviors for him. His wife thinks he is having an affair. Why?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2009

Incorporating Exercise Into a Busy Life

I would exercise if I had more time... if I had a health club membership... if it didn't hurt so much... if I knew what exercises to do... if I could do it with my family... if I could control my blood sugar...

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 8, 2009

June 2009

Sotomayor, Diabetes, and the Supreme Court

As you probably know by now, President Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court is Judge Sonia Sotomayor. If she is confirmed to the lifelong post, Sotomayor will be not only the first Hispanic to sit on the high court, but also the first Justice with type 1 diabetes.

comments 59 comments - Posted Jun 5, 2009

May 2009

Manhattan Beach Teen Meets Nick Jonas

Rachel Humphrey, a Manhattan Beach, CA, teenager with type 1 diabetes, was granted her biggest wish (well, almost) when she came face to face with her hero, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Rachel, 13, was selected to appear on the number 1 new syndicated talk show, "The Doctors," but she had no idea that she would meet Nick Jonas on the set! The segment, titled Giving is Good Medicine, will air on Friday, May 8th.

comments 8 comments - Posted May 8, 2009

“Global Diabetes Handprint” Awareness Campaign Selects Five Words That Exemplify Life with the Disease

Brave.  Fight.  Grandpa.  Life.  Alive.

Those words are some of the answers to the question "What would people living with diabetes or with somebody who has it tell you is the one word that sums up their own experience with the disease?"

comments 3 comments - Posted May 7, 2009

April 2009

Eating Like an Ironman

What do you eat in a 140 mile Ironman triathlon?  I get that question a lot. It's been said that the Ironman race is 10% fitness, and 90% nutrition. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but for those of us with diabetes, that's our daily life.  Nutrition affects everything we do. Exercise, sleep, driving a car, all of those activities require a person with diabetes to think about the carbohydrates they have consumed and when they will eat or drink them again

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 30, 2009

Diabetes Creativity Contest Offers Young People the Chance to Meet Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, who has type 1 diabetes, and Bayer Diabetes Care are working to inspire young people with diabetes to achieve Simple Wins: small, everyday victories for managing diabetes that can lead to big differences over time. Their "Express Your Simple Win Creativity Contest" is designed to show kids that, like Nick, they don't have to let diabetes get in the way of their dreams. Nick wrote the song  "A Little Bit Longer" about having diabetes, and he considers his Simple Wins to be writing lyrics, performing, and making music.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 30, 2009

March 2009

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Finds He Needs to Make Time for Type 2 Diabetes

The first time Chris Matthews heard the words "high blood sugar" was in 2002 at a doctor's office in Washington, DC, where he was being treated for malaria after a trip to Zimbabwe. He didn't pay a lot of attention to the warning about his glucose levels after a blood test. The malaria was subsequently cured, and he continued at his usual rapid-fire pace, traveling the country giving speeches about his best-selling books ("Life is a Campaign" is his latest;  "Hardball" is his best known) and his work both inside the White House, where he was a speechwriter for President Carter, and outside, where he was administrative assistant to House Speaker Tip O'Neill on Capitol Hill. Then there's his work on television, where he is host of Hardball on MSNBC and the Chris Matthew Show, which airs on Sundays just before Meet the Press on NBC. He stayed busy, and his schedule remained overbooked. He let the warning about high blood sugar go into the background-so far back it was out of sight and definitely out of mind. Besides, there just wasn't any room in his life to deal with it. 

comments 10 comments - Posted Mar 26, 2009

Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

I was diagnosed with type 1 relatively late in life, at age 24.  People sometimes remark to me, with genuine kindness, that it must have been harder on me.  Perhaps they think I recall what it was like to be a "normal" child and young adult, to do and eat what I wanted without insulin, checking blood sugar, or worrying about highs and lows or long-term complications.  I appreciate their sincerity, but I always correct them.  Diabetes is not harder for me.  It is hard on everyone.  Whether you were diagnosed as a child or an adult, it complicates your life and the lives of your family. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 4, 2009

February 2009

Medical ID Bracelets: The $15 Lifesavers

I admit it: I've had diabetes for seven years, and only recently did I even think about buying a medical alert ID. It's not like me to be this irresponsible, but diabetes crept up on me, rather like type 2 does, although I'm a type 1. My diabetes is a slowly progressing adult-onset form, sometimes called type 1.5.  For the first five years after my diagnosis, I controlled the disease with diet. 

comments 12 comments - Posted Feb 24, 2009

January 2009

It’s Not Too Late to Follow Your New Year’s Resolution

Remember that New Year's resolution that you made a few weeks ago?  Oh yeah, that one.  How's that going?  If you're like most people, you may have started to slack off just a little bit.  Or even worse, maybe it's already a distant memory.  No worries, I won't tell.  Let's get you going again.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 27, 2009

December 2008

Halle Berry Says She's Worked Her Way Up From Type 1 to Type 2 Diabetes
Halle Berry Says She's Worked Her Way Up From Type 1 to Type 2 Diabetes

No less an authority than the New York Times wrote in May 2006 that Halle Berry has type 1 diabetes, listing her as one of several "stars who have type 1 - Gary Hall, the Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer; Adam Morrison, the Gonzaga University basketball star; [and] Halle Berry."

comments 69 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2008

American Idol's Elliott Yamin Brings Diabetes Message to Millions
American Idol's Elliott Yamin Brings Diabetes Message to Millions

It has been rags to riches for singer Elliott Yamin. With his naturally soulful singing voice, listeners feel his raw emotion and they like it. When you hear him, you know immediately that few guys in any musical genre sing with this kind of authenticity.

comments 29 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2008

Famous People With Diabetes
Famous People With Diabetes

We originally published this list in 2000. In the years since, many more celebrities, stars, athletes, and movers and shakers have joined the ranks of people with diabetes. Here is an updated list of the more prominent ones, divided between the living and the dead.

comments 46 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2008

Who Do You Love? (Besides the Jonas Brothers)
Who Do You Love? (Besides the Jonas Brothers)

An online charity auction website, Charity Folks, reports that the Jo Bros top the list of the ten hottest celebrity draws on their site. The youngest brother, Nick, has type 1 diabetes.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 15, 2008

November 2008

Show Your Support for Diabetes by Sporting Some Cool “Dog Tags” from Nick Jonas
Show Your Support for Diabetes by Sporting Some Cool “Dog Tags” from Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas and Bayer Diabetes Care have produced dog tags that feature a lyric from "A Little Bit Longer," the song Nick wrote about his diabetes. Two versions of the dog tags are available: one for people who would like to support the cause and another specifically for people with diabetes. The dog tag for people with diabetes has the lyric on the front, but also has the word "diabetes" on the back to document their personal fight against the disease. 

comments 10 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2008

Olympic Swimmer Gary Hall, Jr., Jumps In For World Diabetes Day Swim-A-Thon

Gary Hall, Jr., an Olympic swimmer and ambassador of the Inspired by Diabetes program, will host a swim clinic in conjunction with Drew University's World Diabetes Day Swim-A-Thon on Saturday, November 15, 2008.  The event, which begins at 10 a.m. with a two-hour clinic given by Hall, is followed by the swim-a-thon. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 10, 2008

October 2008

Four Winners with Diabetes Set to Meet Nick Jonas
Four Winners with Diabetes Set to Meet Nick Jonas

The "Walk In Nick's Shoes" (W.I.N.S.) sweepstakes winners have been announced by Bayer Diabetes Care. Four Grand Prize winners have scored the opportunity to meet teen pop sensation Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. The winners will meet Nick Jonas in Los Angeles and walk as "Team Jonas" at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk for the Cure in Los Angeles on November 1.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2008

Actor Ben Vereen Takes the Stage for Diabetes Awareness

Ben Vereen, the Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actor, was diagnosed with type 2 on Christmas Day last year.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 6, 2008

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness month.  It's a good time to reflect on your blood glucose successes and have compassion for what you may view as failures.  What's in a glucose reading anyway?  It's just a number. It gives you feedback for a certain time period. Everyone struggles with maintaining good blood sugars.  The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. In this issue, you will find everyday heroes who are committed to reminding other people that we are all in this together. Since dialog is what it's all about when dealing with your diabetes, I am happy to tell you about a new section of our popular web site, Diabetes Health Forums. It's a place where you can participate in an existing discussion or start a new one of your own. Learn more at www.diabeteshealth.com/forums.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 2, 2008

September 2008

Bret Michaels, Diabetic Lead Singer of Poison

Bret Michaels was only six years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Now 44 years old, he's a twenty-year veteran of the rock and roll scene as the lead singer of the eighties band "Poison."

comments 64 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2008

Scrawny Boy With Type 1 Diabetes Becomes Mr. Universe
Scrawny Boy With Type 1 Diabetes Becomes Mr. Universe

These days, Doug Burns is a modern Sampson. The reigning Mr. Universe, he’s two hundred pounds of sheer muscle and the picture of good health. Of the skinny little boy with type 1 who used to work out in the woods alone, all that remains are a wry sense of humor and an attractively self-deprecating manner. They’re unexpected in a man who’s triumphed in the uber-masculine world of bodybuilding, but there’s a lot that’s unexpected about Doug Burns.

comments 31 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2008

Four Lucky Winners with Diabetes Will Meet Nick Jonas
Four Lucky Winners with Diabetes Will Meet Nick Jonas

Bayer Diabetes Care and teen pop sensation Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers are inviting people with diabetes to enter the "Walk In Nick's Shoes" (W.I.N.S.) sweepstakes, which runs through October 1, 2008.

comments 9 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2008

August 2008

Reaching the Finish Line
Reaching the Finish Line

As an Ironman triathlete with type 1, I get asked a lot of questions.

How do you control your blood sugar during a race?

What foods do you eat?
What products do you use?
How do you balance work, family, training, and diabetes?


Sometimes, people simply ask me if I am nuts. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2008

Keeping Up with the Jonas’s
Keeping Up with the Jonas’s

TeenMusic.com recently published comments by Kevin Jonas, Sr., the father of teen music idols The Jonas Brothers, about 15-year-old Nick Jonas’s daily struggles with type 1 diabetes. Kevin Jonas, Sr., said he’s unhappy that people think diabetes is no big deal just because it’s “maintainable.”

comments 11 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2008

July 2008

Mother Disappointed in Nick Jonas
Mother Disappointed in Nick Jonas

Dear Editor,

I felt I needed to write you because of all the press you do on Nick Jonas. I am the mother of a nine-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with type 1 five months ago. I won't describe the horrendous day we found out, but I want to say that I did not want any of the doctors or nurses to say the word “diabetes.” I was so fearful that my daughter would completely fall apart (even more than she already had). I knew she knew what diabetes was because she is a huge fan of Nick Jonas.

comments 101 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

Nick Jonas Sings Out About Diabetes
Nick Jonas Sings Out About Diabetes

The Jonas Brothers have a new album coming out August 12 on Hollywood Records. The album Little Bit Longer takes its title from a song Nick Jonas wrote about his struggle with diabetes. Nick told Entertainment Weekly that he wrote the song on a day when he was feeling down and out. He went into an empty hotel ballroom and walked out with a song. Talk about making lemonade when life gives you lemons! Thanks, Nick, we can’t wait to hear your new tunes.

comments 15 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

June 2008

Sign Up to Join Diabetes Health's Visionary Plan

Dear friends of Diabetes Health,

We value your hard-earned diabetes wisdom and we want you to share it with the world! Please join us as a professional or lay diabetes advisor in one of our Diabetes Health website content Rooms.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 6, 2008

May 2008

Josh Groban and Kenny
Josh Groban and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds To Perform at Carousel of Hope Diabetes Fundraiser

Josh Groban and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will perform on October 25 at the 2008 Carousel of Hope, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The benefit performance will raise money for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver and the Los Angeles chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association

comments 0 comments - Posted May 22, 2008

Dancing With the Stars' Drew Lachey will Judge Dancin' to Change Diabetes
Dancing With the Stars' Drew Lachey will Judge Dancin' to Change Diabetes

ABC’s Dancing with the Stars champion Drew Lachey has teamed up with Novo Nordisk to launch the first national online video contest to increase diabetes awareness, Dancin’ to Change Diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 15, 2008

April 2008

"Combat Diabetes Before It Combats You;" That's The Message Singer- Songwriter Angie Stone Is Taking To African Americans in Eli Lilly's F.A.C.E. Campaign
"Combat Diabetes Before It Combats You;" That's The Message Singer- Songwriter Angie Stone Is Taking To African Americans in Eli Lilly's F.A.C.E. Campaign

How did Lilly approach you to be F.A.C.E.’s spokeswoman? How long will you do it?
Before Lilly even contacted me, which they did through my manager, I’d been pretty outspoken about my diabetes. After discussing it, we agreed that my role is to get out and meet and greet people, and talk about diabetes. One of the things I’d like to get across is that celebrities are more than just stars – they’re real human beings with real human problems and concerns.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

African-Americans: 12% of the U.S. Population; But 17% of All U.S. People With Diabetes
African-Americans: 12% of the U.S. Population; But 17% of All U.S. People With Diabetes

It is estimated that nearly 3 million African-Americans have diabetes – 17 percent of all diabetes patients in the United States. That figure is growing as the proportion of African-American patients diagnosed with diabetes consistently increases year to year, according to research from GfK Market Measures’ Roper Global Diabetes Group.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2008

Her Last-Minute Competition Entry Nets This Playwright Professor a $100,000 Grant

It’s late October, 2007, and Prof. Wendy Coleman has just learned about a competition called the Bayer Dream Fund. Coleman, a type 2 who was diagnosed in 2005, has been told that the fund grants a large cash award to the competition winner – money the winner can use to fund a personal project designed to spread the word about managing and living successfully with diabetes.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 10, 2008

Letter of the Week: A Grateful Mom Thanks Nick Jonas For Speeding Her Daughter's Diagnosis
Letter of the Week: A Grateful Mom Thanks Nick Jonas For Speeding Her Daughter's Diagnosis

Hi, Mr. King: Thanks so much for Diabetes Health. Being a type 1 diabetic, I have benefited from many of its articles. I would like to tell you a story concerning my daughter, Morgan, and say what an inspiration Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers is. Morgan is 12-½ years old and a huge Jonas Brothers fan!  Of course she and her friends wanted tickets for the Louisville Palace show in February. A few of her friends’ mothers went and stood in line on the cold morning that the lottery tickets went on sale. 

comments 53 comments - Posted Apr 10, 2008

Jonas Brothers Update: Diabetes Has Not Slowed Down 15-Year-Old Nick Jonas
Jonas Brothers Update: Diabetes Has Not Slowed Down 15-Year-Old Nick Jonas

When we ran the story “Type 1 Pop Star Nick Jonas Tells His Story” on our website in April 2007, we didn’t expect it to generate the hundreds of responses that it has since then. The story continues to receive new comments every week.

comments 136 comments - Posted Apr 2, 2008

March 2008

Scott Dunton, Diabetes at 16, and a Nationally Recognized Surfing Sensation at 21
Scott Dunton, Diabetes at 16, and a Nationally Recognized Surfing Sensation at 21

Professional surfer Scott Dunton, 21, has two missions in life: To keep climbing in the rankings as one of the world’s top competitive surfers, and to spread the word to children and teenagers everywhere that having diabetes doesn’t mean life’s joys come to a halt.

comments 16 comments - Posted Mar 27, 2008

People Are Talking: Directly to You

People Are Talking is where you'll find the inspiration and true stories of people just like you.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 9, 2008

January 2008

"Lighten Up With Richard Simmons" To Focus On The Growing Diabetes Health Crisis

On Sunday, January 27th, SIRIUS' Lighten Up with Richard Simmons will be dedicated to diabetes awareness. Simmons, one of America's most loved fitness experts, will discuss the importance of diabetes awareness as well as its related health issues.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 25, 2008

December 2007

Cruise the Caribbean With Olympian Gary Hall, Jr.
Cruise the Caribbean With Olympian Gary Hall, Jr.

Sometimes having diabetes offers saving graces and pleasurable moments. That's certainly the intent of the Gary Hall, Jr. Foundation, which has just announced that it will offer a five-day Caribbean cruise, starting December 1, 2008, for people with diabetes and their loved ones.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 23, 2007

October 2007

Famous Columnist Gets Type 1 Diabetes and Runs Smack Into the Insurance Industry

David Lazarus, famous columnist for the Los Angeles Times, was just diagnosed, at the age of 46, with type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis brought him face to face with something he'd always taken for granted, and it wasn't his health - it was his health insurance.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 19, 2007

June 2007

Kevin Powell: Triathlete Triumphs Over Type 1 Diabetes
Kevin Powell: Triathlete Triumphs Over Type 1 Diabetes

Kevin Powell is an athlete, first and foremost. Twice a year, he competes in an Ironman event, a grueling test of endurance that entails a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride, topped off by a full marathon of 26.2 miles.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 28, 2007

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Names 2006 American Idol Finalist and Recording Artist Elliott Yamin As Role Model and Advocate to Help Move Research To Reality

NEW YORK, May 29, 2007 - The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is proud to announce that recording artist Elliott Yamin will serve as a celebrity advocate for its signature event, “Children’s Congress,” and their “Promise to Remember Me” campaign.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2007

May 2007

Gary Hall, Type 1 Swimming Champion, Uses His Sponsors to Promote Diabetes Awareness
Gary Hall, Type 1 Swimming Champion, Uses His Sponsors to Promote Diabetes Awareness

In the world of competitive swimming, type 1 athlete Gary Hall is a living legend. He was the oldest Olympic swimmer in eighty years when he won gold in the last Summer Olympics. He’s the fourth most decorated Olympian of all time.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2007

April 2007

Type 1 Pop Star, Nick Jonas Tells His Story
Type 1 Pop Star, Nick Jonas Tells His Story

Nick Jonas is a personable boy of fourteen who happens to be a member of the Jonas Brothers Band, a group of three brothers with a devoted following of very passionate young fans. In November 2005, Nick Jonas found out that he had type 1 diabetes.

comments 1470 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2007

March 2007

AACE Recognizes NBA Rookie Adam Morrison for Raising Diabetes Awareness
AACE Recognizes NBA Rookie Adam Morrison for Raising Diabetes Awareness

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - March 26, 2007 - The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) awarded Charlotte Bobcats rookie Adam Morrison, who has type 1 diabetes, the Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Award for Public Service prior to the Bobcats’ game against the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 30, 2007

Padre’s David “Boomer” Wells has Type 2 Diabetes
Padre’s David “Boomer” Wells has Type 2 Diabetes

All is not well with Boomer Wells, the 43-year-old pitcher for the San Diego Padres who found out two weeks ago that he has type 2 diabetes. A large man, 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 250 pounds, with a BMI of 30, he’s technically obese. But he says that he’s already making changes that will control the disease by eliminating rice, pasta, potatoes, white bread, and fast food from his diet. He’s also cut out alcohol (except for a glass of wine now and then so that he can “still run with the guys.”)

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2007

Jonas Brothers Band Member Reveals He Has Diabetes: Nick Jonas, age 14, hopes his story will inspire other kids with diabetes
Jonas Brothers Band Member Reveals He Has Diabetes: Nick Jonas, age 14, hopes his story will inspire other kids with diabetes

New York, New York - March 12, 2007 - About 1,000 people attending the Diabetes Research Institute’s Carnival for a Cure fundraising event in New York yesterday were treated to a live concert by the young pop rock band, the Jonas Brothers, and some surprising inspiration from one of the band members.

comments 123 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2007

Jay Hewitt Responds to Diabetes Health Reader Questions
Jay Hewitt Responds to Diabetes Health Reader Questions

Jay Hewitt is a 39-year-old who has had type 1 diabetes since 1991. He is also an elite Ironman triathlete, tops in a demanding sport that requires a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. A three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon, he is captain of Team Joslin at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2007

February 2007

Inspiring Adam Morrison

Great article on Adam Morrison (“Adam Morrison Above the Rim with Basketball and Diabetes Control”). I am a pediatric diabetes educator. I’ve printed the article and distributed it to a couple of difficult patients who are basketball fanatics, and I intend to keep it on hand for future use.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

December 2006

Elliott Yamin
Elliott Yamin

As any fan of the mega-hit television show American Idol knows, making it through the first stage of auditions is not easy. Contestants wait in line for up to 12 hours to get the chance to sing a few bars before the discerning ears of judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

Adam Morrison Above the Rim With Basketball and Diabetes Control
Adam Morrison Above the Rim With Basketball and Diabetes Control

Adam Morrison, 22, is an NBA star that also has type 1 diabetes. He does not, however, have a horror story about his type 1 diagnosis that makes his ascension to NBA stardom seem like an “in-your-face” to an endocrinologist’s pessimistic predictions.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

November 2006

Kendall Simmons Tackles Diabetes
Kendall Simmons Tackles Diabetes

When Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive lineman Kendall Simmons won the 2002 Joe Greene Great Performance Award for being the Steelers “Rookie of the Year,” he felt at the top of his game.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 27, 2006

Introducing the Diabetes Health magazine Digital Advantage

Diabetes Health magazine, a leading and highly valued source for diabetes awareness and education, is doing its part to honor National Diabetes Month by offering (for a limited time) free subscriptions to its newly launched digital magazine, “Diabetes Health Digital Advantage™.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 16, 2006

September 2006

Type 1 Athletes Go 3 and 5
Type 1 Athletes Go 3 and 5

On June 28, 2006, the Charlotte Bobcats made Adam Morrison the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft. Three weeks earlier, the Seattle Mariners made Brandon Morrow the No. 5 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

August 2006

Diabetic Encounters of the First Kind
Diabetic Encounters of the First Kind

I am always willing to discuss diabetes with anyone who is interested. And since I openly perform my blood glucose tests and administer insulin shots in public, it is fair to say that many people around me do become interested.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

July 2006

Emeril’s Line of Stocks Puts the ‘BAM’ in Your Food Preparations

Television chef and food personality Emeril Lagasse has teamed up with B&G Foods, Inc., to develop three all-natural cooking stocks.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

NBA Legends Frazier and Monroe Team Up Once More to Educate
NBA Legends Frazier and Monroe Team Up Once More to Educate

For basketball fans, the 1973 New York Knicks are the stuff of legend. That year, not only did they compile a record of 57 wins and 25 losses en route to becoming NBA champions, but they also boasted a starting lineup of players all of whom are now members of the NBA Hall of Fame.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

May 2006

Dudley Shoots to Help Kids With Diabetes
Dudley Shoots to Help Kids With Diabetes

When retired NBA center Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981, the high school sophomore’s first concern was whether he would be able to continue playing sports.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

March 2006

Aida Turturro Puts a Hit Out On Her Diabetes

For six seasons, actor Aida Turturro has played the role of Tony Soprano’s sister Janice on the award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

February 2006

Kris Freeman Skis for Olympic Gold in Italy
Kris Freeman Skis for Olympic Gold in Italy

Kris Freeman, 25, is a three-time national champion and the number one cross-country skier in the United States. In the history of American cross-country skiing, Freeman is the second most successful skier of all time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

January 2006

Scott Verplank
Scott Verplank

For Scott Verplank, staying on top of his diabetes with frequent blood glucose testing means staying on top of his game for the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour.

comments 9 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

December 2005

Scott Dunton
Scott Dunton

Scott Dunton, 20, is a world-class professional surfer, currently ranked 220th in his first year on the professional circuit.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

November 2005

Mark Consuelos Encourages Type 2s and Their Loved Ones to Take ‘Diabetes Freedom’ Pledge
Mark Consuelos Encourages Type 2s and Their Loved Ones to Take ‘Diabetes Freedom’ Pledge

To look at actor Mark Consuelos, the first thing you would think is that he is a man who has it all. He’s young, good looking, healthy, an accomplished actor, married to another television star and the father of three children.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

How B.B. King Avoids the Diabetes Blues
How B.B. King Avoids the Diabetes Blues

He grew up among country folks in Mississippi. As a child, he performed on street corners for dimes, sometimes in four towns each night. That was only the beginning for the man who ended up being perhaps the most successful blues musician of all time.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2005

October 2005

Letters to the Editor

August Was a Good Read From Cover to Cover

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

Cross Takes Diabetes to New Heights
Cross Takes Diabetes to New Heights

Will Cross has taken diabetes to new heights—literally. The Pittsburgh-based expeditioner and former high school principal became the first person with diabetes to reach the South Summit of Mount Everest, with a successful summit on May 31.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

August 2005

Ironman Jay Hewitt
Ironman Jay Hewitt

He trains about 22 hours during the average week—not counting the additional seven hours of workouts on weekends. Through his twice-daily workouts, he totals nearly 120 miles of bicycling, about 10 miles of swimming and between 50 to 100 miles of running each week. For Ironman triathlete Jay Hewitt, training and diabetes have something in common: Working at them every day is critical to achieve his goals.

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June 2005

Accelerating the Pace and Promise of Diabetes Research
Accelerating the Pace and Promise of Diabetes Research

In 2001, researchers led by Denise Faustman, MD, at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reversed and cured type 1 diabetes in mice. In research supported by the Iacocca Foundation, Faustman’s lab identified the immune system defects involved in the destruction of insulin-producing cells and developed a therapy to stop the autoimmune system from attacking these cells.

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May 2005

A Bioassay for Diabetes
A Bioassay for Diabetes

In 2001, researchers led by Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reversed and cured type 1 diabetes in mice. The development and refinement of a bioassay is part of their ongoing research to bring these findings to human trials. Their first human trial, an FDA-approved trial using a bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, is expected to start later this year once sufficient funding has been raised.

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April 2005

JoinLeeNow Fundraising Update
JoinLeeNow Fundraising Update

The JoinLeeNow campaign was launched by the Iacocca Foundation, in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to fund clinical trials of a potential cure for type 1 diabetes. The trials are based on the work of Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, of the Harvard Medical School and MGH who has reversed and permanently cured type 1 diabetes in mice. The goal of the JoinLeeNow campaign is to raise the $11 million needed for the first three years of the research program to bring this potential treatment to humans.

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‘This Old Cub,’ He Played Ball!
‘This Old Cub,’ He Played Ball!

If you read Diabetes Health, live in Illinois and love baseball, then you know Ron Santo.

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Wilford Brimley
Wilford Brimley

If you watch television or see an occasional movie, chances are you’ve seen—and maybe even identified with Wilford Brimley.

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March 2005

Understanding Stem Cells
Understanding Stem Cells

Every day it seems as if there are new information—and new controversies— being reported about stem cells. What many people do not know is that there are actually two types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Both may have applications in diabetes research as well as many other diseases.

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February 2005

A Q & A With Denise Faustman, MD
A Q & A With Denise Faustman, MD

Denise Faustman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, was able to eliminate type 1 diabetes in mice (Science, November 2003). With the help of the Iacocca Foundation, she is working to raise the $11 million needed for the first three years of a program to investigate this potential cure for human type 1 diabetes.

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Victor Garber’s Role of a Lifetime
Victor Garber’s Role of a Lifetime

Be it on Broadway, the Silver Screen or your television set, you have probably seen actor Victor Garber in some role or another. After all, he played Jesus in “Godspell.”

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January 2005

Islet Cell Regeneration
Islet Cell Regeneration

A new generation of therapies for type 1 diabetes is likely to come from within our own bodies. The idea of pancreatic islet regeneration as a therapy for diabetes first came to light back in 2001, and it is now a hot topic among researchers in the field.

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Dan Stephens Tackles Success
Dan Stephens Tackles Success

Dan Stephens has mastered his game. The University of Pittsburgh football player is a star on and off the field as he steps up to the challenges he loves: balancing athletics, academics—and diabetes control.

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December 2004

Getting Closer to a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

Over one year ago, Denise Faustman, MD, and her colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) eliminated type 1 diabetes in mice. The Iacocca Foundation wants this work to be translated to people who have new-onset or long-term diabetes. In order to achieve this goal, the Iacocca Foundation is raising the money to move the research from mice to humans in the hopes of finding a cure for human type 1 diabetes.

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Stay Positive This Holiday Season!

I recently spoke at the Diabetes Camping Association’s annual meeting for healthcare professionals and camp directors. This group serves a network of more than 150 organizations providing summer vacation camp for children, and adults, with diabetes.

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NHL’s Boynton Scores on Diabetes Control
NHL’s Boynton Scores on Diabetes Control

Hockey players often joke about the rugged nature of their sport by touting the popular mantra, “Give blood, play hockey.”

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November 2004

Patti LaBelle Sings out for Diabetes Freedom
Patti LaBelle Sings out for Diabetes Freedom

Patti LaBelle says she is thankful that she passed out on stage during a concert performance 10 years ago.

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September 2004

Gary Hall, JR.
Gary Hall, JR.

This past August, Gary Hall, Jr., represented the United States at the Olympics in Athens, Greece. It was the third Olympics for Hall—having competed in the 2000 and 1996 Olympics where he won a total of eight medals.

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July 2004

Dick Clark America’s Oldest Teenager…and Diabetes Educator?
Dick Clark America’s Oldest Teenager…and Diabetes Educator?

Dick Clark has had diabetes for at least 11 years—but he only made it public this past spring.

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June 2004

Nicole Johnson Can’t Slow Down
Nicole Johnson Can’t Slow Down

Nicole Johnson doesn’t know how to take it easy. An admitted type A personality, Johnson—who enjoyed the national spotlight as Miss America 1999—serves as a consultant or spokesperson for about a dozen different organizations.

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May 2004

Hoopin’ It Up!
Hoopin’ It Up!

Mindy Mendenhall plays basketball the way a bull browses a china shop. She’s all muscle and emotion under the hoop, and she’s manic enough to launch her body across the court after loose balls.

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April 2004

A Chat With Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume is best known for his work in television, where he earned two Emmy Awards and four NAACP Image Awards for his role as Benson DuBois on “Soap” and “Benson.”

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March 2004

Diabetic Chef Teaches America Reality Cooking
Diabetic Chef Teaches America Reality Cooking

Nearly 10 years ago when Chris Smith was 27, he got bad news in the form of a type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Now known as the Diabetic Chef, Smith is making the most of having diabetes by “re-teaching America to cook.”

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December 2003

An Angel Goes to War
An Angel Goes to War

Della Reese’s positive attitude has always helped her survive—overcoming childhood challenges of poverty, struggling to carve her place in America’s entertainment industry, and dealing with her type 2 diagnosis nearly four years ago while filming the CBS TV show “Touched by an Angel.”

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August 2003

Pixar Exec Discovers Diabetes Is Not Child’s Play
Pixar Exec Discovers Diabetes Is Not Child’s Play

John Lasseter has manufactured entire worlds out of thin air.

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November 2002

Diabetes in the Movies

This year, 17 million people in the United States lived with diabetes.

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May 2002

Heroes With Diabetes

Beauty, Grace and Diabetes: Ballerina Zippora Karz, now 37, started studying dance at the age of 7. At 18, she was invited to join the New York City Ballet—one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.

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Gary Hall Jr. Brings Home the Medals

Things were not going along "swimmingly" for Gary Hall Jr. in 1999. He recalls feeling "like I had the flu. I'd get better, then shortly I'd get sick again."

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University of Miami’s Sievers Is an Upright Guy

If hunting alligators in pitch darkness doesn't make Todd Sievers jumpy, then it's no wonder he can unflinchingly kick field goals in front of a packed crowd with a game on the line.

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Spirit Determination and Courage

This past December, Jason Johnson, 28, a starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles baseball club, was the co-winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award. The award is presented annually to a major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage.

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Rock On

For Bret Michaels, diabetes hasn't stopped the show—it's just added an extra chord to the loud, exciting, pyrotechnically enhanced melody.

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Go for the Gold

Imagine discovering at a young age that you are a gifted athlete—gifted enough to possibly one day represent your country in the Olympics. Imagine training and honing your skills for years and years, until you are among the best at a particular sport. Imagine the Olympics on the horizon and within your reach—so close you can almost taste it.

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December 2001

The Diabetes Blues

A low-lit bar with warm brown leather couches and an audience that's captured, utterly amused. That's the kind of crowd that Jackie Payne, blues singer with a career spanning over three decades, faces every Friday evening. Not such a bad deal for a musician whose livelihood was seriously threatened six years back, when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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June 2001

‘Don’t Let Diabetes Stop You’

In 1981, Phoenix Suns' center Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. He never thought for one second, however, that the disease would interfere with his dream to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Gary Hall, Jr. Shaking Some Hands

Gary Hall Jr., winner of an Olympic Gold Medal in swimming, will be attending the Children With Diabetes 2001 Conference and Expo sponsored by Diabetes 123.com and the Children With Diabetes Foundation. The event will take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from July 18-22.

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Miss America 1999 in 2001
Miss America 1999 in 2001

What does having the words “Miss America” on your resume do for you in the real world? What doors does it open and what difference does it really make?

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January 2001

Free Falling
Free Falling

“Skydiving was like being reborn,” says type 1 Josh Glazov, 30, of Chicago. “It established a purpose in my life and restored a goal to pursue. Before skydiving, life was something to be endured. After I began jumping, however, life was something to be enjoyed and cherished.”

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June 2000

Famous People With Diabetes

This article has been updated. Please read the related article below.

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The Diabetes Hall of Fame

This month's cover features an especially inspiring group of people. All of them have diabetes, but it hasn't stopped a single one from achieving pinnacles in their careers and taking their dreams further than most people even dream of.

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Beauty, Grace and Diabetes

Many little girls dream of someday becoming professional ballerinas, dancing with the grace of a swan, in the spotlight before thousands. Ballerina Zippora Karz, 35, is proof that diabetes doesn't stop dreams and goals from being reached.

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Gary Hall Training For 2000 Olympics

Gary Hall Jr., the gold and silver medalist swimmer at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, is considered America's finest freestyle sprint swimmer.

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August 1999

Jerry Mathers Leaves it to Weight Loss to Control His Diabetes

Jerry Mathers, one of the most beloved childhood actors of all time, starred as Beaver Cleaver in the hit television show "Leave it to Beaver" from 1957 to 1963. When the show concluded in 1963, Mathers attended University of California, Berkeley, and then worked in real estate and catering. In the 1980's, Mathers got back together with several "Leave it To Beaver" original cast members, and starred in "The New Leave it To Beaver," which ran from 1982 to 1989. As Mathers puts it, he sort of "retired" after the series concluded, and from that point on, his life became sedentary. An ensuing weight gain of about five to seven pounds per year followed.

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June 1999

Heroes with Diabetes

I wish that someone had handed me this issue when I got diabetes.

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Click On to the Diabetes Hall of Fame

“We decided to start the Web site because we wanted to encourage others to reach for the stars, to show that dreams can come true no matter what obstacles get in the way. We want others to know that they are not alone.”

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Climber with Diabetes Escapes Near-Death Ordeal

“I was scared to death.” Freezing, out of food and lost near the top of one of the world’s highest mountains, type 1 Colby Smith has to decide. Should he save himself and head down the mountain to safety and leave his friend behind to die, or stay with his friend, which could kill them both.

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Diabetes Didn’t Interfere with Dudley’s Dream

In 1981, Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. He never thought for one second, however, that the disease would interfere with his dream to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Today, Dudley is enjoying his 12th year in the NBA.

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Catching Up with Miss America

DIABETES HEALTH: Chelsea Smith, a 6-year-old reader from Sidney, Maine, was just diagnosed a few weeks ago. First, she wants to know if she can get a poster of you. And, she wants to ask you, do you still take shots?

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January 1998

Getting Along Swimmingly, Diabetes Hero, Scott Coleman, Swims

Wanna lose 15 pounds in just under 12 hours? Just try Scott Coleman's liquid diet.

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June 1993

Pat Gallagher Interviews Rock Singer Brett Michaels

Brett Michaels is the lead singer of the rock group, "Poison," which has sold over 15 million albums. As a rock star, he is on the road 9-10 months of the year, travelling throughout the United States and Europe. In this interview with Pat Gallagher on the live radio show, "Living with Diabetes," he shares his heartfelt ideas and philosophy about living with diabetes. Brett's unusual lifestyle and his willingness to be outspoken about his diabetes provide a sense of encouragement and inspiration to many young people with diabetes.

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September 1991

Diabetes And Doing Your Best

If you are searching around for an inspirational book, look no further. Diabetes and Doing Your Best is a personal account of a young teen's early experience with diabetes.

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