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August 2014

Diabetes Health: Insulin Pump Crossword Puzzle #14

Test your knowledge to see how well you understand insulin pump terms.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 3, 2014

July 2014

How Do You Stay So Positive?

My class was discussing why we cannot just do pancreas transplants so we can cure diabetes,” said a dear friend that volunteers for me at work. It is a lot more complicated than that, sadly. I was touched that he and his college classmates were discussing ways to cure us. As we chatted about the challenges of diabetes and our wishes for a cure, a few other volunteers gathered. When they heard me mention that I have had Type 1 diabetes for twenty years and that I take 5 – 7 injections a day to stay alive and healthy, they all looked shocked and a silence fell over the group. My volunteer said “Wow, how do you stay so positive”?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2014

Mixed Martial Arts Reveals Hidden Strengths After Type 1 Diagnosis

Rob Cooper isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 21, 2014

Life With Type 2: Lab Rat

Since my diagnosis as a type 2 in 2003, I've participated in three Phase 3 drug studies. I am fortunate to live two miles away from one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier endocrinologists, Dr. Richard Bernstein (who has the same name as the famous low-carb advocate based on Long Island, New York). Over the years, Dr. Bernstein has established his office as a go-to testing facility for drugs in late-stage development.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 9, 2014

June 2014

Diabetes Health: Insulin Manufacturer Theme for Crossword Puzzle #8

This crossword puzzle was inspired by the American Diabetes Association’s 73rd scientific session in San Francisco.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 22, 2014

Diabetes Health: Crossword Puzzle Solution for #7

Every Sunday, a new crossword puzzle will appear on diabeteshealth.com

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2014

Diabetes Health: Type 2 Medication Theme for Crossword Puzzle #7

Test your knowledge to see how well you understand type 2 medications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 15, 2014

Diabetes Health: crossword puzzle solution for #6

Every Sunday, a new crossword puzzle will appear on diabeteshealth.com

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 9, 2014

May 2014

Diabetes Health: crossword puzzle #2

Here is something new at Diabetes Health -a crossword puzzle. This 2nd crossword puzzle should be easy for the veterans with diabetes (Everyone will be challenged at one point or another.)

comments 0 comments - Posted May 11, 2014

Solution to Crossword Puzzle #1

Solution to diabeteshealth.com-crossword puzzle #1

comments 0 comments - Posted May 5, 2014

Diabetes Health: crossword puzzle #1

Here is something new at Diabetes Health -- a crossword puzzle. This first crossword puzzle should be easy for the veterans with diabetes (Everyone will be challenged at one point or another.)  

comments 0 comments - Posted May 4, 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

October 2013

A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

(Editor's Note: We originally published this article in October 2008. Laura Plunkett's observations are timeless, and her comments elicited several interesting responses from readers.)

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 25, 2013

September 2013

Fighting My Lifelong Enemy, Diabetes

"For the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 16, 2013

Learn To Control Your Diabetes, Before It Controls You

A Diabetes Health Classic. This article originally was published on June 20, 2007.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 2, 2013

June 2013

Diabetes Health Readers, Can You Lend Us a Hand?

We're looking for readers' help in two areas:

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 8, 2013

Looking for Mr. Good Pain

Whether because of age, weight, or lack of athletic chops, most type 2s-and I'm one of them-have settled on walking as their main form of exercise. It's the simplest, easiest exercise you can do: Put one foot in front of the other, rinse and repeat.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 2, 2013

May 2013

You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With Type 2: Five Things to Keep in Mind

You've just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 27, 2013

Giving Thanks to the Diabetes Online Community

Sometimes I forget just how amazing the diabetes online community is. I mean, I know I adore the people I’ve met over the almost 19 years I have lived with diabetes, but the things they have done for me go way beyond a kind word or virtual hug when I needed it. I believe they’ve literally helped save my life.

comments 3 comments - Posted May 26, 2013

A New Health Concern—And a Reason to Be Grateful

A short while ago my middle finger on my left hand started acting weird. It was sticking in a bent position, for lack of a better term. If you've ever seen Jim Carrey in the comedy movie Liar, Liar doing his version of "The Claw," where his hand suddenly has a mind of its own, that's a somewhat accurate account of how my hand was behaving. Unfortunately though, this was no comedy, this was beginning to be an extremely painful problem.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 5, 2013

January 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

December 2012

Score With Scott M. King: A Diabetes And Life Coach

We are delighted to announce that Scott Millay King, cofounder and former editor-in-chief of Diabetes Health, is coming back to the magazine as a regular columnist.  You might remember his popular column, “My Own Injection,” in which he wrote heart-warming stories about the challenges of being a diabetic dad.  When he began the column 21 years ago, he was the only blogger giving a voice to type 1 diabetes. Many of today’s online bloggers got their start by writing for Scott and Diabetes Health (formerly Diabetes Interview).  Scott gave a stage to many voices, knowing that our readers want to hear different perspectives on how people manage their diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2012

Traveling With Diabetes

My diabetes and I have traveled a lot of miles together in nineteen years. Racing Ironman triathlons in Australia, Europe, the Carribean and all over North America, climbing and camping at the top of 14,000 foot Mt. Whitney, and of course dozens of family vacations and business trips. Packing equipment and supplies for an Ironman triathlon and 3 weeks in Australia requires a bit of planning and preparation, but when you have diabetes you feel like you do that for just a weekend out of town. Meters, strips, insulin, syringes, infusion sets, pump supplies, snacks . . . a simple weekend trip becomes a lunar expedition.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 18, 2012

Doctors Can Be Everyday Heroes, Too

Dr. Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM is a very interesting man. He served as the Acting Surgeon General of the United States in 2006 and was made Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute in October 2007. The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute is designed to serve as a home for the diabetes family and a trusted place of diabetes learning that will inspire diabetes innovation, improved care, and better outcomes worldwide. Through the Institute, Johnson & Johnson is opening and operating state-of-the-art instructional facilities around the world to provide health professionals with education and training aimed at improving diabetes patients' outcomes by working at the community level.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 15, 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

Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who's had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, "I love riding motocross---it's just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don't have to think about diabetes. I do have to make sure that I test before I get on and during breaks, to make sure my sugar is doing what it's supposed to be doing. But when I get out there, it's just me and the bike, going."

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 7, 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

October 2012

Have You Noticed This About Your Diabetes?

In response to a post that I wrote on October 19, 2012, asking readers to contribute their opinions, John M wrote to me asking for more information. After exchanging a few emails, we came up with an idea that we think you will like: a new column by readers who write in about experiences they have had with diabetes and who are curious to know if anybody else has experienced the same thing. The new column will be called "Have You Noticed This About Your Diabetes?" The idea is for you to send in your question, in response to which other readers will share similar and not-so-similar experiences through our "Comments" section. (Take note that comments take one to two days to post because they all need to be read and approved.)

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2012

August 2012

Paula Deen: Cooking Up a New Life With Diabetes

Paula Deen, a celebrity Southern chef known for her unrestrained love of butter and sugar, is no stranger to the media. She received a flurry of bad press recently when she revealed that she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years earlier. Shortly thereafter, she became a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk's Victoza. Following these developments, some critics said that she was a poor role model. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2012

Women With Diabetes Less Satisfied With Sex Life, Says Study

A University of California San Francisco study says that middle-aged and older women who have diabetes are less satisfied with their sex life than women who do not have the disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 9, 2012

July 2012

Score With Scott M. King: A Diabetes And Life Coach

We are delighted to announce that Scott Millay King, cofounder and former editor-in-chief of Diabetes Health, is coming back to the magazine as a regular columnist.  You might remember his popular column, “My Own Injection,” in which he wrote heart-warming stories about the challenges of being a diabetic dad.  When he began the column 21 years ago, he was the only blogger giving a voice to type 1 diabetes. Many of today’s online bloggers got their start by writing for Scott and Diabetes Health (formerly Diabetes Interview).  Scott gave a stage to many voices, knowing that our readers want to hear different perspectives on how people manage their diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 30, 2012

June 2012

As I Blow Out the Candles

As I celebrate my birthday this month, I also recognize the anniversary of my diabetes. If it were a person, it would be legally old enough to move out.  Oh, how I wish it would! I was diagnosed at eighteen years old with type 1 diabetes, so this makes eighteen long years that the two of us have been living together.  I have so many mixed emotions about it.  On one hand, I feel stronger and more certain of my decisions with diabetes than ever before.  On the other hand, I feel pretty depressed that it's been so long and that, no matter how I try to push away the thought, complications could be looming around the bend.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jun 17, 2012

March 2012

Please Don’t Imply That I Caused My Diabetes.

When it comes to diabetes, people often blame the patient instead of the disease. I cannot think of another chronic illness for which this is the case. Much of the public seems to believe that we bring diabetes on ourselves. When people with diabetes are diagnosed with complications, uninformed observers often insist that it happened because they were "bad diabetics." Comments like "She didn't take care of herself" make me instantly defensive and angry. How can anyone know what that person went through on a day-to-day basis with her diabetes?

comments 11 comments - Posted Mar 8, 2012

February 2012

Women and Diabetes: A New Book with Fresh Insight

As a woman with diabetes, you may have noticed that you face unique challenges, from where to place your insulin pump, to pregnancy, to hormone fluctuations.   Many diabetes books offer general diabetes advice, but few focus on women beyond just a short chapter.  That is, until now.   

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 20, 2012

January 2012

Too Tired for Sex

Dear DH, I'm a 47-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008. For two years, I haven't been interested in sex. I have a demanding retail job and two teenage children. I can still perform, but I am usually so tired that I fall asleep after dinner. I don't miss sex much, but my wife does, and I don't want to lose her. By the way, my A1C usually runs around 6.8%.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 31, 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

November 2011

When Medical Professionals Are Hurtful

Having diabetes means attending medical appointments regularly.  It's entirely possible that at some point, you experienced an incident in which a medical professional hurt your feelings, made a mistake, or told you something completely incorrect.  Medical mistakes do happen.  While most doctors and nurses are amazing and professional, they are also human.  Errors and inappropriate comments can occur.  Some simply don't understand all aspects of diabetes.

comments 17 comments - Posted Nov 11, 2011

October 2011

Mark the Season With Inspiration

Winter might be on its way, but there's plenty of fall color to celebrate in the meantime. You can find fresh inspiration with the Divabetic Octoberfest, a series of events sponsored by the nonprofit wellness group for diabetic women.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2011

Resolving Erectile Dysfunction

Dear David and Aisha, I am a 39-year-old married man who has had type 1 diabetes for 22 years. My A1C levels run around 7.5%. About six years ago, I started having trouble with erections. Now they are very rare, even with ED pills. I know you say that there is more to sex than intercourse, and my wife and I still enjoy ourselves however we can. But we both miss the erections.

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 5, 2011

September 2011

Together, On Our Own

"If you weren't having this conversation with me, who, other than your wife, would you be having it with?"  That question, in response to something I'd said about treating my nine-year-old daughter's diabetes, was posed to me over the phone by a friend I had made less than six months earlier. She has a daughter too, the same age as mine, who also has type 1. Their diagnosis came a couple of years before ours, so I respect her experience and opinion, and so does my wife, Franca.            

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 9, 2011

Allie and Me

When diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was eighteen years old, scared, and confused.  Although bone thin, I was older than the usual juvenile diabetic, so the doctor didn't know if I had type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  At first, the doctor gave me pills to lower my blood sugar.  I avoided carbohydrates and threw myself into exercise, then watched helplessly as the numbers on my blood sugar meter continued to rise.

comments 10 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2011

August 2011

Staying Motivated With Diabetes Part 3

Scientific studies -- and our own common sense -- tell us that staying motivated and engaged helps control our diabetes. We know what we should resist temptation at the dinner table, monitor our blood sugars avidly, and get regular check-ups. But knowing all of these things, and knowing that self-motivation is the way to achieve them, isn't quite enough.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 19, 2011

Staying Motivated With Diabetes Part 1

The piece of cake sits there on the plate, daring you to eat it. The blood sugar meter rests on your nightstand, an obstacle formed of lancets and test strips. Life with diabetes is a parade of challenges, from diet temptations to healthcare hassles. You know--we all know --that the only way to say "no" to the cake and "yes" to the blood sugar check is through consistent self-motivation.

comments 9 comments - Posted Aug 12, 2011

July 2011

A Rebellious Teenager Finds Team Type 1

I am excited to have this opportunity to write a diabetes-focused blog for Diabetes Health about living and thriving with type 1 diabetes. First of all, I am extremely passionate about racing road and mountain bicycles, running 5K runs and sprint triathlons, and doing other activities that I find to compete in for Team Type 1. But before I start blogging, I would like to tell a little about myself.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jul 26, 2011

June 2011

Tyler’s Tips for Flying With Diabetes

I recently had the experience of flying from Tampa to Los Angeles, with a layover in Atlanta, totaling about seven hours spent in airports or up in the sky. To prepare for such a trip, you have to ask yourself a lot of "What if" questions. What if your plane is delayed? What if you miss your connecting flight? What if you have to stay over an extra night? What if your pump fails? What if you are on the tarmac for four hours and you go low?

comments 22 comments - Posted Jun 2, 2011

May 2011

Is Sex Good for Your Heart Health?

Dear Diabetes Health,

comments 2 comments - Posted May 21, 2011

Profiles in Type 1: Dr. Jonathan Beach

Dr. Jonathan Beach is a 35-year-old emergency medicine physician who has had type 1 diabetes for 31 years. He owns and operates Urgicare, a wellness center that includes The Northeast Center for Diabetes Care and Education in Plattsburgh, New York, an isolated rural community that has few other resources for diabetes. This is his story of his life with diabetes and his professional experience with the insulin pump.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 12, 2011

Profiles in Type 1: Gene Thornton

Gene Thornton was in the Army in Germany when he got type 1 diabetes. It was 1965, 46 years ago, and he was 24 years old. This is his story, in his own words.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 10, 2011

Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who's had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, "I love riding motocross---it's just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don't have to think about diabetes. I do have to make sure that I test before I get on and during breaks, to make sure my sugar is doing what it's supposed to be doing. But when I get out there, it's just me and the bike, going."

comments 1 comment - Posted May 5, 2011

April 2011

Phil Southerland’s Not Dead Yet: Memoir of a Bike Racer With Diabetes

Phil Southerland's autobiography is an inspirational coming-of-age memoir about a type 1 baby who wasn't supposed to live. But his doctor's dismal prediction didn't take into consideration his mother's indefatigable determination that her baby would thrive no matter what, and Phil's own fierce drive to conquer every single challenge he encountered, including his diabetes. It's an engrossing book, a sports adventure story with a medical subplot and a roster of dynamic characters, the most dynamic of whom is Phil himself. If we could harness his energy, our dependence on foreign oil would be a thing of the past.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2011

Fitness the New-Fangled Way

Greetings from Philadelphia International Airport!  Airports are fascinating places...great for seeing what people look like and how they act under unusual circumstances.  At this moment, I see a lot of truly overweight people. Most folks are treating the moving walkway like a ride at Disney World–just standing there, inching slowly along and staring blankly at the passing drywall.  I don’t know…maybe the two sights are related.  Have we really become this lazy?  Have we “convenienced” our way out of being in shape?  Have electronic toilet flushers, soap dispensers, and water faucets taken away our last opportunity to burn any calories at all?

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2011

European Researchers Say Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Italian and Greek researchers conducting a meta-analysis* of the diets of more than 500,000 people have concluded that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that are common precursors to type 2 diabetes. Those factors include overweight or obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, high blood sugar, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and high "bad" cholesterol.
The Mediterranean diet is high in fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, and low-fat dairy products. Proteins include fish, legumes, poultry, tree nuts, and mono-unsaturated fatty acids from olive oil. Alcohol intake is moderate and almost always in conjunction with meals. Red meat is only an occasional menu item.
The scientists looked at 50 studies that involved more than 500,000 people, then extrapolated the effects of a Mediterranean diet from them. Although the meta-analysis pointed to the usefulness of the Mediterranean diet in fending off metabolic syndrome, its authors said that their conclusion is tentative, given the need for more research on the topic.
The study was published in the March 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
* A meta-analysis looks at a number of similar studies and tries to derive new and useful results from them by detecting common patterns among them.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2011

Be Thankful: A Letter of Gratitude

If you, like me, have diabetes, you realize upon reflection that you are, despite the constant demands of the disease, blessed.  Somewhere, sometime, you have benefited from the kindness, professionalism, and genuine concern of a medical professional, be it a nurse, pharmacist, dietitian, physician, therapist, or supporting staff.   

comments 7 comments - Posted Apr 7, 2011

March 2011

Profiles in Type 2 Diabetes: Francisco Zepeda

Francisco Zepeda is a 54-year-old native of El Salvador who owns an insurance agency in San Francisco.  Type 2 diabetes runs in his family. He says, "My grandmother lived with diabetes for about 30 years, and my father has it as well. I heard about diabetes all that time, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me. And I still hope that I'm not really diabetic. They say that once your blood sugar goes up, then you are diabetic, but I don't want to believe that I'm diabetic, you know what I mean?"

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 31, 2011

Alcohol and Sex

Dear Diabetes Health,

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2011

Type 2 Profile: Tony Flores

Tony Flores is a 50-year-old native of El Salvador who works as a construction foreman. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago, after an eye doctor told him it would be a good idea to get his blood sugar checked. He recalls, "I did the test, and they got all freaked out and told me, ‘Oh my god, your A1C is at 12%. You have diabetes type 2. You've got to cut the sugar, you've got to stop drinking orange juice and soda."

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 15, 2011

Diabetes Education Under-used by Medicare Recipients

A paid Medicare benefit for diabetes education is rarely used by those who qualify for it, despite the fact that diabetes education provides clear health benefits.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2011

Living With Type 1 Diabetes Since 1931

Edward Danielson developed type 1 diabetes 79 years ago, in 1931, only a decade after the discovery of insulin. Edward's wife of 67 years, Dorothy, recalls, "In the spring of 1930, when Edward was ten, his teacher told his mother that he ought to be checked by a doctor because something seemed to be wrong. His mother got on the streetcar with Edward and they went down to see the doctor, who said, ‘There's nothing wrong with him. He's just slow.' So they went home. In the fall of the same year, his new teacher said, ‘Something's wrong with Edward--he ought to be checked out by a doctor.' So they went back, and that doctor diagnosed him with diabetes. They kept him in the hospital for a month because the doctors then didn't know that much about diabetes 1."

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 10, 2011

STEVIA: Can Nature’s Sweetener Help Your Blood Sugar?

You know that awful feeling when a sugar low is coming. I break out into a cold sweat, feel panicky, get nauseated, and have trouble answering extremely simple questions like "Do you need to eat?" Well, I was feeling it again, and again, and I didn't know why. That's what I hate the most: When things go wrong, but I think I've been doing everything right.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 8, 2011

Diabetes: A Homeopathic Journey

Ten years ago, an astute physician diagnosed me with Type 2 diabetes. I exhibited none of the classic symptoms of rapid weight loss, extreme thirst, and frequent urination. I attributed fatigue to my job. For about a year before diagnosis, I experienced what I thought were yeast infections and treated them with over-the-counter medications. I later learned that this condition is a symptom of diabetes. I am non-insulin dependent.

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 3, 2011

Dr. Jane Delgado, Author of The Buena Salud Guide to Diabetes and Your Life

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have type 2 diabetes, and more than a third of working adult Hispanics do not have health insurance. For this audience, Jane Delgado, PhD, has written The Buena Salud Guide to Diabetes and Your Life. Available in both Spanish and English, it's a culturally sensitive and reassuring book that dispels myths and presents detailed science while gently guiding readers toward the right path in caring for their diabetes. The tone is conversational, as Dr. Delgado speaks to her readers like a family member who knows them well and has their best interests at heart.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 2, 2011

February 2011

Keeping the Weight Off: An Interview with Ellen Granberg, PhD

Ellen Granberg is an obesity sociologist who studies the processes that people go through when they lose weight and keep it off. As she says, "If the problem were that we don't know what people should eat to lose weight, that would be one thing, but we don't have that problem. There are a hundred weight loss plans out there that are perfectly good. We understand all about the physiology of weight loss maintenance and the metabolic impacts, but nothing about the social and emotional impacts. People who sustain weight loss over time move through a lot of different challenges."

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 27, 2011

Tyler Stevenson on Going Away to College with Diabetes

When a young person with type 1 diabetes leaves home for the first time, it's often a difficult adjustment for the parents as well as their child. Tyler Stevenson is 20 years old, in his second year at Florida State. This is what he told us about his life in college with diabetes.

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 22, 2011

Tyler's Ten Objectives for Staying Healthy

Everywhere you look, there seems to be a great tasting high carb meal, dessert, or snack staring back at you. While away at college last fall, I found a t-shirt picturing a cupcake above a skull and crossbones. For me, that image really sums up how we need to deal with being diabetic while being constantly tempted by sugary treats.

comments 5 comments - Posted Feb 16, 2011

Diva TalkRadio Features Black History Month Diabetes Spotlight on Healthy Soulful Cuisine

Diva TalkRadio is an interactive, live internet talk-radio destination that focuses on issues and concerns of those living with, at risk of and affected by diabetes. Divabetic's founder and executive director, Max "Mr. Divabetic" Szadek serves as the resident host of DivaTalkRadio programs.  This month, Mr. Divabetic shines the spotlight on Constance Brown-Riggs MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN. Constance is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and a National Spokesperson American Dietetic Association. Constance has been honored with the Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group (DCE) 2007 Diabetes Educator of the Year Award. Over the course of her career, Constance Brown-Riggs has established herself as an expert on the subject of nutrition, diabetes and the cultural issues that impact the health and health care of people of color. She is not only versed in the science of medical nutrition, but also has an active nutrition counseling practice through which she sees hundreds of patients. Her ability to translate her academic and clinical knowledge into clear, understandable terms have made her a nationally renowned, sought-after speaker, educator and author. She is passionate about creating opportunities to spread the word about health and nutrition, and developing educational tools which shorten the cultural distance between patients and caregivers. Every aspect of her work supports that mission

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 2, 2011

January 2011

New Spanish-Language Soap Opera Focuses on Obesity, Healthy Living

DENVER -- New episodes of a critically acclaimed, locally-produced Spanish language soap opera will focus on the obesity crisis in hopes of helping viewers better understand what causes obesity and how they can live healthier lives. The soap opera is called "Encrucijada: Sin Salud, no hay Nada" ("Crossroads: Without Health, there is Nothing").

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 31, 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

New Primary Care Physicians Haven't Learned Enough About Diabetes

Your young primary care doctor may not know a lot about diabetes, according to a study led by Stephen Sisson, MD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  "When I graduated from residency here, I knew much more about how to ventilate a patient on a machine than how to control somebody's blood sugar, and that's a problem," said Sisson in a press release.  "The average resident doesn't know what the goal for normal fasting blood sugar should be. If you don't know what it has to be, how are you going to guide your diabetes management with patients?"

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 26, 2011

The Lowdown on Downloading

It doesn't matter if you're a computer geek or complete technophobe: If you've ever made the effort to download your blood glucose meter, you probably don't have a clue about what to do with the data once you've gotten it.  That needs to change. Those of us who live with diabetes need to become more adept at analyzing our own data, to see what's working and what isn't both for our own sake and that of our time-strapped healthcare providers. .

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 25, 2011

Why We Underestimate Our Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

You'd think the world would be running through the streets in a movie-style panic. An epidemic of unprecedented proportions is inexorably advancing.  In our lifetimes, half of us may develop a devastating disease that could cause us to go blind, lose a leg, or die far too soon. But we aren't in a panic. The authorities are talking it up, of course, but most of us aren't doing much at all to prevent type 2 diabetes. We're getting fatter by the year, and we're moving less and less.  Many of us who already have type 2 diabetes are not making the changes that could keep its consequences at bay. Why not?

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 24, 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

AADE Game Day Tips for People with Diabetes

Despite what many think, diabetes does not have to deter people who have the disease from enjoying Super Bowl Sunday parties along with everyone else, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). In fact, managing your diabetes is often an exercise in moderation, more than anything else. With more than 24 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, this is a very real issue, but there is no reason diabetics can't enjoy the festivities -- and the food -- at Super Bowl parties. The AADE put together the following tips for people with diabetes who want to enjoy the food - but need a little guidance about how to eat smart given all of the Super Bowl food temptations. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 19, 2011

UCSF Opens High-tech Learning Center for New Era of Health Care

UCSF will launch one of the nation's first inter-professional, team-based simulation learning centers to prepare doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists together for the changing health care landscape.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 17, 2011

January Fizzle

Did you make any resolutions for 2011?  How many of them have you given up on already?  Many of my Facebook friends have enthusiastically boasted of their New Year's resolutions--lose weight, spend less time online, read more, worry less. While their goals are admirable, their resolutions rarely last.  Why?  I believe it's because their aim is too high or too broad, and their enthusiasm is short-lived.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jan 14, 2011

DiabetesSisters' National Conference Addresses Unique Challenges of Women with Diabetes

RALEIGH, NC- DiabetesSisters is pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 Weekend for Women Conference in Raleigh, NC will open on January 1, 2011 at 8am.  The Conference, a revolutionary national weekend conference designed specifically for women with diabetes, will take place April 29 - May 1, 2011 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh.    

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 5, 2011

December 2010

Divabetic's New Year Attitude: Be Healthy & Happy Too!

New York, NY - December 31, 2010 - Divabetic, one of the country's leading health and wellness nonprofits begins the New Year with an outreach jackpot of resources and tools for those affected by diabetes. With online and special events, Divabetic's mission is to provide an empowering and supportive environment so that no one living with diabetes has to cope alone or in silence.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 31, 2010

Traveling With a Pump: TSA Regulations

Most holiday stories are comforting and familiar, wrapped up with the happiest of endings. But the tales that swept the nation this Thanksgiving were sometimes distressing and strange, and the one told by Laura Seay has no resolution or simple solution. Seay was one of the travelers caught in the center of the debate over the Transportation Security Administration's forceful new screening methods.

comments 6 comments - Posted Dec 23, 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

New Facebook Game Aims to Stem Type 2 Diabetes Among Latinos

An estimated two million Latinos in the United States have type 2 diabetes, a full 10 percent of the Latino population. Facebook, the fourth most popular Internet site among Latinos, reaches nearly 45 percent of the Latino population that goes online.  Put those two facts together, and you have the audience for a new online game, HealthSeekerTM Explorando tu Salud, Paso a Paso ("Exploring Your Health, Step by Step").

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2010

November 2010

Christopher Gorham Grabs Silver and Bronze Medals At International Karate/Kickboxing Championships

Insulet Corp., the leader in tubing-free insulin pump technology with its OmniPod® Insulin Management System, recognizes the outstanding achievements of Christopher Gorham, age 12, of Waterford, Michigan for bringing home both silver and bronze medals in the Sparring and Forms competitions at the 2010 World Karate/Kickboxing Council World Championships held in Albufeira, Portugal. Chris is a 2nd degree black belt in training for a 3rd degree black belt; he has been in martial arts since he was four years old, competing all over the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 25, 2010

At a Loss?

A friend of mine recently remarked that she wants her family to eat healthier, but she just doesn't know that much about nutrition. Though I can sympathize with her in some ways (nutritional education is a daunting and never-ending process), I do feel that the overall American attitude toward food is that ignorance is bliss. It reminds me of the preteen character in the movie Son-In-Law, who puts his sister's bra cups over his ears and tells his parents in a taunting voice, "I can't hear you!"  Unfortunately, what you don't know CAN hurt you, and not just you, but also your family. 

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 22, 2010

Diabetes and Pregnancy: The Battle to Have a Baby

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 23 years ago, I remember being told that having children would be a very difficult challenge.  I was seven years old at the time - still a child myself - and had no interest in becoming a mom.  My own mother was very distressed at this news, but I didn't pay it any mind.  I had other things to focus on:  trees to climb, bikes to ride, and friends to play with.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 18, 2010

Handle online advice with care

If you're getting information about diabetes from groups or friends on Facebook, you might want to be careful. A new study suggests that a quarter of posts in these groups are possibly ads, and not for FDA-approved treatments, either.

comments 5 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2010

Diabetes Month: Get Involved!

In celebration of diabetes, I want to encourage my readers to get involved in the diabetes community.  There are several reasons why this is important.  For one, when you are personally invested, you are also personally encouraged.  Secondly, you can use your diabetes experiences to motivate others.  And finally, getting involved can be a way of giving back to the world that has given you opportunities to live a better life with diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 12, 2010

Could the iPad Save Your Life?

New technology is popping up all over in the medical community, from new diagnostic machines, to new ways of administering drugs, to an almost endless supply of self-monitoring devices such as blood glucose meters. But a technology often overlooked is one that could have the most impact-electronic medical records.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 3, 2010

October 2010

Trapped Underground for 70 Days with Diabetes

Imagine that you're a miner. Imagine you have diabetes (that, at least, shouldn't be too hard). Now, imagine that you have to spend two months trapped underground with other miners. How would you do?

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2010

Patient/Provider Language Barriers Linked to Worse Diabetes Control

Patients who cannot discuss their diabetes with a doctor in their own language may have poorer health outcomes, even when interpreter services are available, according to a new study by researchers at UCSF and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 23, 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

Can You Keep A Secret?

The day I learned that I had type 1 diabetes was no doubt one of the most heart-wrenching, confusing, and angry days of my life. But I quickly decided that I had to channel those feelings into something productive, something worthwhile. I gained confidence as a person with diabetes, and even though, yes, the shots stung, I wasn't going to flinch. Welcome to my life.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 11, 2010

Employer Wellness Programs Could Benefit Families

Employers are in a potentially powerful position to help employees and their families make healthier choices, hints a new study conducted by the IBM Corporation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 7, 2010

Have a Holiday Heart-to-Heart

The holidays are known as a time for family gatherings, catching up with relatives, and sometimes even the occasional family conflict.  Like drama at the holiday dinner table, in many ways your health is influenced by your family-for better or for worse.  This year, why not start a conversation that benefits everyone?  Gather your family health history.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 4, 2010

Diabetes Awareness: Just for a Month, or All Year Long?

Twenty years ago, when I opened Sugar Happy Diabetes Supplies in San Francisco, people would open the front door, lean in, and ask, “I’m curious. Are there enough people with diabetes for you to stay in business?”  My reply was always, “You would be surprised by how many people have diabetes.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2010

September 2010

Meetings, Medications, and Meters

I’m back. I started working with Diabetes Health 10 years ago.  At that time, Diabetes Health was the one publication open enough to talk about a subject that was controversial at that time… Lower Carb Options.  That was my column, and I got a lot of slack from it. I didn’t understand why. People with diabetes want and need lower carb options. What was the problem with giving people options? That’s what Diabetes Health is all about – teaching people there are healthy options. Now it’s common to see lower carb options for people who have diabetes. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 29, 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

"What's For Dinner?"

"What's for dinner?" is a commonly asked question in many households.  As children, spouses, friends, and others stream into your home after work, school, or a day of errands, they are eager to sit down, enjoy a meal, and unwind.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2010

From Helpless to Heroic: A Parent's Guide to Changing the Statistics One Child at a Time

I was reading the latest issue of one of my parenting magazines when I came across an article on children and food.  The author suggested offering dessert only two to three times a week instead of every day.  I laughed aloud.   

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2010

Insulindependence

In late July, five teenagers and five adults hiked to the summit of Mount Shavano, one of Colorado's famed 14,000-foot peaks.  For this particular group, the journey to the top of Shavano was designed to be an intensive educational experience on the topic of diabetes management.  Each teenager had type 1 diabetes, and the adults were mentors dedicated to helping the teens feel more in control of the disease. The team made it to the summit by performing countless blood sugar tests, counting carbs, and experimenting with insulin pump basal rates. The outfit behind the expedition was Testing Limits, an outdoor adventure club just for people with diabetes, operated by the non-profit Insulindependence. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 17, 2010

Joslin 50-Year Medalists Give Clues to Cures

In type 1 diabetes, the body relentlessly attacks and destroys its own insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. But a study by Joslin Diabetes Center scientists now has firmly established that some of these cells endure for many decades in a small group of people with the disease-offering clues to potential treatments for preserving and even restoring the crucial cell population.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 14, 2010

Living His Dream of Law Enforcement: Lt. Jose Lopez

On July 2, 2010, when Lt. Jose Lopez took the podium at the recent Children With Diabetes Friends for Life Annual International Conference in Orlando to speak to the parents of children with diabetes, his goal was to use his own story to reassure them about their children's future. "What I most wanted to convey to them was that people with diabetes, especially children, can do normal stuff and live their dreams. I am not a super hero - and I did it."

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 14, 2010

Fantastic Fall Foods and Fun: A Guide to Healthfully Enjoying Fall

Fall is a welcome season, full of bounty and beauty.  The heat of summer gives way to calmer days and crisper evenings.  We trade our shorts and swimsuits for jackets and jeans and enjoy campfires, hayrides, and holiday celebrations.    

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 11, 2010

The Highs and Lows of Going Back to School

Going back to school can be a little scary for someone with diabetes. There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to making it through the school day without having problems with your blood sugar levels. In school, we strive for that all important "A" on a test; to score 100. The same is true about blood sugar/glucose levels; the closer I come to keeping my blood sugar level at "100," the better for my health and the better for my grades; high and low blood sugars aren't helpful in keeping a clear, quick-thinking mind. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 10, 2010

Your Meds and Your Love Life

Dear Diabetes Health, I am 62 years old. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1997, and I am doing OK on metformin. My last A1c was 7.2 %. About a year ago, they put me on medicine for my blood pressure (which was 142/90) and for cholesterol.  I started having less interest in sex, which I had really liked before.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 7, 2010

August 2010

THE Diabetes Dude Ramps Up an Innovative Diabetes Awareness Campaign

The Flamingo Flock diabetes awareness campaign is the brainchild of 9-year-old Noah Brokmeier, "The Diabetes Dude."  Noah's blue flamingos are landing on lawns nationwide and appearing at big events like the Boston Marathon. Wherever they go, the birds pose for pictures, which are then posted on Noah's website, www.thediabetesdude.com. The location of the birds is also flagged on his "official flamingo tracking map," to show the progress and growth of the campaign.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 30, 2010

THE Diabetes Dude

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know about a big event I have coming up!  Next Thursday, August 26th, I am chartering a bus that I am filling with 50 of my closest friends with diabetes and traveling from Taunton, MA to New York City to invade the Today Show on NBC with my blue flamingos!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a HUGE impact on people and let everyone know about my campaign!  I hope that by doing this, people will realize that diabetes is a REAL disease that effects so many of us, young and old, and I hope to encourage people from all over the country to get out and do something to help raise diabetes awareness just like me and my friends!  

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 25, 2010

Novo Nordisk Creates "App" to Help Doctors Dose Insulin

Novo Nordisk announced today the availability of NovoDoseTM - the first-ever mobile insulin dosing guide for physicians to look up dosing guidelines and blood glucose goals for their patients with diabetes, a disease that affects nearly 24 million Americans. The guide is available as an application on iTunes and is specific to Novo Nordisk's modern insulin analog portfolio: Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection), NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection), and NovoLog® Mix 70/30 (70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection, [rDNA origin]).

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 24, 2010

Joslin Diabetes Center 50-Year Medalist Program

Since 1970, Joslin Diabetes Center has awarded a 50-year bronze medal and certificate to recognize the remarkable achievement of a successful life with insulin-dependent diabetes for half a century or more. To date there have been approximately 2,663 50-Year Medals awarded by Joslin Diabetes Center.  Joslin Diabetes Center has awarded medals to recipients throughout the world, including individuals from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South America, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2010

Finally, the Pump.

"Absolutely not. I'm not going to mess with that."

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 18, 2010

Spanish for Diabetes Educators in Cuernavaca, Mexico, October 3

A week of Spanish study (5 days of classes) concentrated on your professional specialty. You will have 30 contact classroom hours, as well as opportunities outside the classroom for use of your Spanish. This course may qualify for continuing education units. Information on this is being developed. The course is arranged through Language Link, the U.S. Office for the Spanish Language Institute (800.552.2051, kay@langlink.com), and is sponsored by the AADE California coordinating body.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 9, 2010

Ten Reasons to Test Your Blood Sugar

We can all come up with plenty of excuses not to test our blood sugar. For one, yeah, it stings a little (No pain, no gain, the angel on my shoulder whispers in my ear). For another, testing isn't convenient, no matter how quickly the meter works or how small it is. While seemingly everyone else is carelessly enjoying a meal or leaping into the swimming pool, you are on the sidelines trying to ignore your diabetes. And of course, sometimes, we just do not want to know what the number will be. It's easier to ignore the ugly truth than face it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 3, 2010

July 2010

Diabetes Health Digital Edition for August/September Available Now!

We are always investigating new ideas, research findings, treatment options, and educational materials to share with you. This issue is very exciting because we were able to talk with experts and those with diabetes, and write about everything from traveling with type 1 in Italy to investigating why hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are so dangerous.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2010

Making an Ordinary Day Extraordinary

Now that it's summer, I'm enjoying a typical teacher's vacation: summer break. I have three months of freedom, which for many is a dream come true. However, I live in the sweltering Midwest, where it's typical to see mid-summer temperatures of one hundred degrees or more, with an even higher heat index.  These oppressive temperatures can continue into late October.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 31, 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

New York Historical Society Brings to Life the Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin

NEW YORK, NY, July 26, 2010 - Recalling the desperate fight for life that used to be waged by juvenile diabetes patients, and commemorating the events of 1921 that inaugurated a new era of hope for them and their families, the New York Historical Society will present the exhibition Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin from October 5, 2010 through January 31, 2011. Exploring the roles of science, government, higher education and industry in developing and distributing a life-saving drug, the exhibition will bring to life the personalities who discovered insulin and raced to bring it to the world and will tell the story of one extraordinary New York girl-Elizabeth Evans Hughes, daughter of the leading statesman and jurist Charles Evans Hughes-who was among the very first patients to be saved.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 26, 2010

The Power of Being Positive

I was in the parking lot of the mall, walking past wheelchair parking, when I noticed a man using the lift gate of his specially equipped van. There he was, lowering himself and his motorized wheelchair down to the ground all by himself. As I walked through the mall that day, I couldn't get the man in the wheelchair off my mind.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 26, 2010

Please Help! What To Do When You're Deemed a Diabetes Expert

Hardly a day goes by that I am not asked a question related to diabetes. I'm a "heart on my sleeve" diabetic. Because one of my jobs, writing articles and guest blog posts, centers on the subject of diabetes, I'm known, in part, by my disease.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 24, 2010

The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute Meets the Challenge of Training Diabetes Educators Across the Globe

Looking for novel ways to help improve patient outcomes, the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute is using innovative adult education techniques to train diabetes educators around the world.  While the cultural and epidemiological differences in each region can be challenging, David L. Horwitz, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, Chief Medical Officer of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, feels confident this program can make a positive impact to help improve patient outcomes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2010

Sweet Escape

There's nothing quite like a dip in the Mediterranean Sea at sunset. The warm, clear water, shimmering clouds, and sound of families enjoying aperitifs at beachside cafes--it was the perfect start to a late-summer Italian holiday. We were visiting my boyfriend's brother, who had moved from England to Genoa a few years prior. It was my first time across the Atlantic, so my boyfriend Dunstan and I tried to make it count with 10 days filled with dinners, family celebrations, a road trip to Rome, hiking, and plenty of swimming.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 13, 2010

Traveling With Diabetes

My diabetes and I have traveled a lot of miles together in nineteen years.  Racing Ironman triathlons in Australia, Europe, the Carribean and all over North America, climbing and camping at the top of 14,000 foot Mt. Whitney, and of course dozens of family vacations and business trips.  Packing equipment and supplies for an Ironman triathlon and 3 weeks in Australia requires a bit of planning and preparation, but when you have diabetes you feel like you do that for just a weekend out of town.  Meters, strips, insulin, syringes, infusion sets, pump supplies, snacks . . . a simple weekend trip becomes a lunar expedition.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 10, 2010

Ignorance Is Bliss or Knowledge Is Power?

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the disease became my entire life. I was drowning in paperwork telling me who to pay, what to eat, how to medicate, and what to do if I got sick. But as months and years passed, diabetes management became just a part of my goal to live healthfully. I realized that I couldn't compartmentalize my health. I cannot pinpoint when my obsession with all things healthy started, but once it did--well, I've never looked back. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 9, 2010

Traveling Wisely With Diabetes

Summer has arrived, and for many, that means it's time to take that long-awaited vacation. Visions of sunny beaches, gourmet meals, mountain resorts, adventurous excursions, and campgrounds dance in our minds. The word "vacation" is typically a synonym for "letting it all go."  No worries. No cares. Just pure indulgence. But for people with diabetes, an upcoming vacation can bring on anxiety and stress. For many of us, our disease thrives on routine and predictability, and vacations do not adhere to our everyday lives.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2010

June 2010

Lonely Nights

Dear Diabetes Health, I have been married for 14 years.  I am 36 and my husband is 39, and we have a seven-year-old daughter. About six months, ago my husband found out that he has type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 29, 2010

Getting Back to Basics When Life Gets In the Way

One day as I was multi-tasking (making dinner, washing dishes, supervising my daughter, returning phone calls), I suddenly grew very annoyed at the music we were listening to. I had recently purchased a children's CD for my daughter, and it hit me that all the songs sounded the same.  What a waste of twelve dollars, I thought, as I headed toward the CD player to shut it off.   As I reached down to hit the "off" button, I noticed a small, unfamiliar icon on the display screen. I crouched down to further examine and then laughed aloud.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2010

Judge Rules Only Nurses Can Administer Insulin Shots to California Schoolchildren

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that only school nurses can give insulin shots to children in public schools who have diabetes. The decision by Judge Lloyd Connelly overturned a 2007 California State Department of Education decision that allowed trained school staff, as well as nurses, to administer such injections.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 25, 2010

Wholly Healthy

Diabetes is often perceived as a physical disease, an issue with one's body.  But those of us with diabetes know that it affects every area of our lives, including our emotional, spiritual, and mental health. People with diabetes are more likely to experience depression than the average person, and it doesn't take a doctor to explain why. Diabetes is daunting, complicated, and confusing.  There's no one-size-fits-all explanation or treatment plan, and even when we arrive at something that works, diabetes throws us a curveball and we are forced to reinvent our treatment regimen---time, and time, and time again. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2010

Tyler's Guide for a Successful Vacation

As a type 1 diabetic, I have found that it's a good idea to plan for the unexpected when traveling. Life is full of surprises, and so are vacations. The flight is late. The flight has been cancelled.  We had a flat tire or ran out of gas. There is an accident on the highway, and the traffic isn't moving. Who would have ever thought that airline flights would be grounded for five days in most of Eastern Europe because of volcanic ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland? If a diabetic had planned on going for a week-long vacation in England or France and had taken limited insulin, syringes, or infusion sets, he might have been in big trouble. Trying to replenish medical supplies in a foreign country could prove to be very difficult.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2010

Olympic XC Skier Kris Freeman Brings Story of Spirit and Tenacity to Campers with Diabetes

One of the most inspiring personalities of the 2010 Vancouver Games, Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman sheds his skis and poles this week to kick off his 6th annual diabetes summer camp tour with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly Diabetes). Freeman, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago at age 19, will share his amazing comeback story from coast to coast and encourage children with diabetes to continue pursuing their dreams.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 14, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Expand Pediatric Partnership to Combat Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON - In collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched the Good Health ClubSM Physician Toolkit - unique educational materials designed to foster better communication between pediatricians and their patients on childhood obesity and diabetes prevention.  The toolkit will be available to pediatricians in communities across the country.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 11, 2010

The Other: How Spouses of Diabetics Deal

It's a cool Sunday evening, and I'm sitting in a lively Italian restaurant. My husband is across the table.  We've just placed our orders, and we're engaged in easy conversation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 8, 2010

10 Tips for Being the Good Patient

I've been told by my medical team, those who work hard to make sure I live a healthy life with my diabetes, that I am a "good patient."   They are pleased that I do what I am supposed to:  check my blood sugar, keep my appointments, eat healthy foods, and exercise. They also remark that they wish all their patients took their diabetes management as seriously as I do.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 3, 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

Knowledge Is Power

Investigate. Inform. Inspire. This statement is not only our commitment to you, the readers of Diabetes Health, but also a call to action. In our June/July print issue (available online June 1 under the Digital Edition tab), we've done some investigating. We tracked down educational agencies, websites, software, and applications, and we've listed them for you in our 2nd Educational Resource Guide.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 31, 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

Health Literacy and Safety Risks

People with diabetes who have limited health literacy are at higher risk for hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, CA.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 20, 2010

Beware the Perils of Severe Hypoglycemia

Over 80 years ago, famed diabetologist Elliot Joslin said about the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes: "Ketoacidosis may kill a patient, but frequent hypoglycemic reactions will ruin him."  Unfortunately, hypoglycemia continues to be the most difficult problem facing most patients, families, and caregivers who deal with the management of type 1 diabetes on a daily basis. Frequent hypoglycemia episodes not only can "ruin," or adversely impact the quality of life for patients, but also, when severe, can cause seizures, coma, and even death.

comments 13 comments - Posted May 13, 2010

Cherry Berry Pie Cups

Nobody will believe you created these perfect cherry "pies" in under 30 minutes. (And of course you don't have to tell). Fresh raspberries complement the cherry pie filling perfectly and add a fresh homemade quality while refrigerated piecrust makes them as easy as, well, pie!

comments 2 comments - Posted May 11, 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

Everyday Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad is undoubtedly one of the most popular (if not the most popular) entrée salad featured on restaurant menus. But what most people don't realize is that most recipes for Chicken Caesar Salads contain more fat and calories than a loaded Big Mac-that's a big problem, especially if you are watching out for your health.  Here's an easy way to create a delicious and healthful restaurant-quality Chicken Caesar right at home. To enjoy it as a side salad, simply leave out the chicken.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 3, 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

National Physical Activity Plan Seeks to Reduce Chronic Illness and Obesity

Increasing physical activity for greater health among the American public will take center stage on May 3 with the launch of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP or Plan).  The signature events of the launch will be a press conference at the National Press Club and briefings with members of Congress in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina are providing the organizational infrastructure for writing the plan.  The implementation of the plan will be coordinated by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA).  The goal of NPAP is "to encourage everyone to be more physically active, reduce barriers to inactivity, and make sure our communities and institutions provide opportunities to move." 

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 29, 2010

Sex and Diabetes: Diabetes for Couples

Dear Diabetes Health, I am a 60 year old married woman who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes eight years ago.  In the last two years, I have lost interest in sex. I just don't feel like it, although I still like hugs.

comments 3 comments - Posted Apr 26, 2010

Ask Nadia!

Diabetes Health is excited to welcome you to "Ask Nadia", a new column by founder and editor-in-chief, Nadia Al-Samarrie. Nadia's adeptness in diabetes health comes from more than 20 years experience as a caregiver, managing the myriad of Type 1, Type 2 and pre-diabetes related issues in her own family, as well as from the knowledge acquired through her devoted and passionate tenure as the publisher of the prominent Diabetes Health Magazine. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2010

Our Kids and Camps: April/May Digital Edition Is Now Available

While the words "diabetes" and "camp" may not sound like they belong in the same sentence for most people, they sure do for thousands of kids across the country. Diabetes camp is their time to share experiences, learn, and have fun with other kids who have diabetes. You'll find the usual camping activities like hiking, arts and crafts, boating, swimming, and sitting around the campfire, but also lessons on adjusting your insulin pump to compensate for sports and how to give yourself an injection.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2010

March 2010

Depression or Sex?

Dear Diabetes Health, I am a 55-year-old man who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, and I think it made me depressed. The depression eventually got so bad that I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. My doctor referred me to the psych clinic, where they put me on Paxil (paroxetine). The medication is helping my depression, but ruining my sex life.  Basically, I can't get an erection, but I don't really care because I'm not interested anyway. I have no desire. My wife is still interested, however, and she is really upset about my lack of desire for sex.  I don't like hurting her, and I don't want us to break up over this, but the depression was awful. I don't want to go back to that. What can I do? 

comments 4 comments - Posted Mar 16, 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

Mind, Body, and. . . Spirit?

When I was undiagnosed and sick, I was very angry with God.  I didn't understand why I was weak, fatigued, constantly thirsty and hungry, scarily thin, and mentally foggy.  I prayed and prayed for an answer.  I cried, I cursed, and I yelled.  Nothing.  For a year and a half.  When I received my diagnosis in a local emergency room, I felt instant relief.  Finally, I had an answer, a name, and some hope.  But soon after, the anger reappeared, this time because God had failed to pass over me.  I had done nothing to earn this fate. Why me? 

comments 18 comments - Posted Mar 2, 2010

Bowtie Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

This is a terrific family favorite. The thick and velvety Parmesan cream sauce that adorns this dish mimics rich Alfredo sauce (only without the requisite butter and cream). If you don't have bowtie pasta on hand, feel free to substitute any pasta.

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 2, 2010

February 2010

Happy (?) Anniversary

My four-year-diabetes-diagnosis anniversary is almost here.   It falls on March 24th, a day just like any other to most people, but a day full of sadness, loss, and victory for me.  Will I celebrate?  I'm not sure if reflection is a form of celebration.  I'd much prefer a birthday-like affair featuring balloons, cards, and, of course, something sweet to eat. But I also feel as if the impending date is much like a funeral on the calendar, a time for mourning as well as reflection.

comments 28 comments - Posted Feb 26, 2010

Kris Freeman Today Show Interview

Kris Freeman, a member of the United States cross-country ski team has a story unmatched in Olympic competition history. Freeman, 28, is the first athlete with Type 1 diabetes to compete in an Olympic endurance event.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 15, 2010

Dreamfields Pasta Wants to Know: Who's Your 'DFF'?

Many of us have a "BFF" (Best Friend Forever), but people with diabetes or pre-diabetes need a BFF who understands the importance of maintaining a healthy diabetic lifestyle -- a "DFF" (Diabetes Friend Forever). To honor these unsung heroes, Dreamfields Pasta is launching a first-of-its-kind contest to pay tribute to the special people who help make living with diabetes a manageable experience.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2010

Scared of Lows

Dear Diabetes Health, I'm 26 years old and engaged to a woman I've known since college.  We live together, love each other, and have good sex, but now I'm having doubts. A year ago, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She started taking insulin, and it has been rough. Four times now she has started sweating and shaking and saying strange things. Twice this happened during sex. 

comments 11 comments - Posted Feb 3, 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

Let's take care of one another: random acts of kindness

Altruism is unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism among others.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 29, 2010

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Although my boys love to order Chicken Parmesan when we dine out, the health content is always a concern - especially because it usually arrives thickly breaded, deeply fried, smothered in cheese, and served on a mountain of spaghetti. Here's a terrific and easy stove-top recipe that's filled with all of the same great flavors, but none of the excess fat and carbs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 20, 2010

A Tasty Look into Marlene’s Delicious Life

Bestselling cookbook author and nutritionist Marlene Koch (pronounced, serendipitously, "cook") has been dubbed a "magician in the kitchen" when it comes to creating great-tasting, healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy, including those with diabetes!  

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 20, 2010

Diabetes Success Story: Tyler Curry Stevenson

Many meaningful events, experiences, and accomplishments have gone into making me the person that I am today. In my life, most of the important milestones came and went as they do for every kid. But for some of us, life throws a curveball and introduces a trauma or an unexpected event that will forever change our lives. When my most meaningful event occurred, on May 22, 2000, there were no cheers, applause, or laughter in the room. That was the day I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

comments 21 comments - Posted Jan 19, 2010

Out of Love

Dear Diabetes Health, I hope you can help me. I am 49 years old and was diagnosed with type 2 five years ago.  My husband still wants sex. I don't even want him to touch me.  He is very mean to me. He yells at me and calls me names.

comments 16 comments - Posted Jan 12, 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

December 2009

Tasty Tips and Tricks from Marlene

According to Marlene, finding the perfect mix of ingredients is key when creating healthier versions of your favorite foods. From composing a healthier sandwich to perfecting pasta dishes and creating delightful desserts, Marlene reveals some of her tastiest ingredient tips:

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 31, 2009

Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler and Eli Lilly Will Send 44 Kids to ADA Camps Through the Touchdowns for Diabetes Campaign

CHICAGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) have already helped send 44 children to American Diabetes Association diabetes camps next summer - with four games left in the NFL season.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 18, 2009

Joy and Jolly: Making Your Holiday Less Stressful

‘Tis the season to be jolly? The most wonderful time of the year? Joy to the world? Between Black Friday, meal preparations, decorating, dealing with clashing family members, and party after party, the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. The joy and jolly that we sing about in Christmas carols hardly resonates in our lives as we prepare for and then attempt to survive the stress of the holidays.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2009

Is Testosterone the Wonder Drug?

Dear Diabetes Health, I am 57 years old. About five years ago, I saw my doctor because I was feeling tired. My waist size was up, and I was not interested in sex. I almost never got an erection. The doctor diagnosed type 2 diabetes and put me on metformin. He also prescribed Viagra, which helped sometimes, but not all the time.

comments 5 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2009

Sink or Swim?

The road to my diabetes diagnosis was anything but easy.  Over Thanksgiving break during my first semester of graduate school, I fell ill with a horrific stomach virus. I was too busy to be sick, swamped with student essays to grade and papers to write for my own classes. But as the following year and half progressed, I felt worse and worse.  I suffered from chronic sinus infections, drastic weight loss, extreme thirst, and constant fatigue.   As I bounced from doctor to doctor, I grew increasingly discouraged.  No one could figure out what was wrong with me.

comments 16 comments - Posted Dec 4, 2009

November 2009

Primary Care Doctors, Endocrinologists Feel Ill-Equipped to Provide Ideal, Multi-Disciplinary Team Care

PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly one-third of doctors surveyed said they did not have enough time and did not receive sufficient reimbursement to provide comprehensive care to their patients with diabetes, according to the results of a study of endocrinologists and primary care doctors published in American Health & Drug Benefits.

comments 4 comments - Posted Nov 20, 2009

Reeling from Your Recent Diabetes Diagnosis? Read This Book!

I recently ran into Theresa Garnero at the California AADE annual meeting and discovered that Diabetes Health had not yet reviewed her book, Your First Year with Diabetes: What To Do, Month By Month. We regret the oversight because it's a great resource for anyone dealing with the shock of a diabetes diagnosis. And Garnero is the perfect author for a book like this. She's an award-winning certified diabetes educator (CDE) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with board certification in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM), and she earned an Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). She is also a former national educator of the year, a cartoonist, and the 2008 global recipient of Inspired by Diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 6, 2009

October 2009

Sex and Diabetes: Lubes and Libido

Dear Diabetes Health, Hello!  I am 60 years old and have had type one for about 24 years. It has been quite some time since I had a relationship, and now I have one coming at me.  The problem is, I am very dry. The commercially sold products don't seem to help,  and Intercourse isn't comfortable. What do you recommend that I try?  And what about a libido enhancer?  I need this relationship to work because living alone is tough, and my partner likes his intimacy.  Please!!!

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 31, 2009

Diabetes? No Problema!

The statistics are chilling. Children born today have a one-in-three chance of developing type 2 diabetes. For Latinos, however, that risk is one-in-two.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2009

Eurotech's Everyware

Eurotech, an 84-year-old technology company, recently introduced its EverywareTM Medical Gateway, a remote monitoring device that it hopes will bolster the already notable effectiveness that home care diabetes monitoring has had in reducing hospital admissions. Along with several partners, including IBM and Roche, Eurotech demonstrated the device at the October Continua Health Alliance Fall Summit and Plugfest held in Boston.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 22, 2009

Sex and Diabetes

Dear Aisha and David - I am a 22-year-old woman with type 1, on a pump.  I've only had one real boyfriend, and we broke up two months ago.  He said that my diabetes didn't have anything to do with it, but I'm not sure. I think that the lows scared him. Sex with him was good, but I don't have much to compare it with.  

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 2, 2009

Doctors Can Be Everyday Heroes, Too

Dr. Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM is a very interesting man. He served as the Acting Surgeon General of the United States in 2006 and was made Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute in October 2007. The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute is designed to serve as a home for the diabetes family and a trusted place of diabetes learning that will inspire diabetes innovation, improved care, and better outcomes worldwide. Through the Institute, Johnson & Johnson is opening and operating state-of-the-art instructional facilities around the world to provide health professionals with education and training aimed at improving diabetes patients' outcomes by working at the community level.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2009

Pre-Diabetes and Everyday Heroes

According to the American Diabetes Association, "one out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes if the current trends continue." It's a sobering thought. Because November is designated American Diabetes Month, it seems a good time for those of us in the diabetes community to reach out to those who will face diabetes in the future: the 57 million Americans who are currently at risk for type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2009

CGM Continues to Elicit Strong Opinions

In our June/July 2009 issue, we published a letter from reader Sheila Payne, who wrote that we had been far too positive about continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in our June/July article Get the Facts on Continuous Glucose Monitoring. Her letter provoked a stack of letters from people who believe that the benefits of CGM substantially outweigh its negatives.  To let you in on the debate, we are reprinting Ms. Payne's thought-provoking letter here, followed by two equally thoughtful responses from readers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2009

September 2009

Team Type 1's Aldape is Missouri's Mountain King

Kansas City, Mo. - Moises Aldape helped Team Type 1 stamp its authority on the Tour of Missouri Sunday by winning the Michelob Ultra King of the Mountains title.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 22, 2009

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

That old dog is me (thirty-seven years living with diabetes). There's a lot to be said for teaching someone who's lived with diabetes for years new ways to manage diabetes, and some new things that have come into the marketplace recently.

comments 9 comments - Posted Sep 20, 2009

August 2009

New Video: Diabetes Myths Debunked

See the new video on DiabetesHealthTV with columnist Riva Greenberg.  She discusses her new book 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2009

Sex and Diabetes: Climax Change

Dear Sex and Diabetes,

comments 7 comments - Posted Aug 22, 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

Insulin and Innovative Approaches

In June, I attended the ADA's 69th Scientific Sessions Conference that was held in New Orleans this year. Among other presentations, I listened to Mary Sullivan's very interesting talk offering practical advice on better inpatient diabetes care. We've written numerous times online about how hospital glycemic control needs to be improved. For example, you can read our article on DiabetesHealth.com called, "U.S. Academic Medical Centers Are Not Cutting the Mustard."

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 20, 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

Surfing with Type 1

Initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Rob subsequently discovered that he had type 1. Knowing that he needed to exercise more, he returned to professional surfing. Today, he is a sponsored professional athlete who uses a CGM.

comments 10 comments - Posted Aug 7, 2009

Letters to the Editor : August-September, 2009

Mon Has CGM Concerns

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2009

Knowledge Is Not Only Power: It’s Also Powerful Medicine

It's very likely that you, like most people, believe many myths about diabetes. If you do, you might actually be doing yourself harm. Learning the truth can empower you (as it did me) to make choices and take actions that increase the quality and length of your life.

comments 9 comments - Posted Aug 1, 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

A Good Relationship with Your School Nurse Pays Off in Dividends

Because we have good health insurance, my son sees his endocrinologist twice a year, his diabetes health educator twice a year, and his nutritionist once a year. Meanwhile, he sees his school nurse one to three times a day. As you know, this relationship can make a difference for the rest of a child's 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

Thoughtful Consumption: People with Diabetes Have Been Leading the Pack All Along

Never underestimate the power of people with diabetes and their families. When we as a consumer group purchase more fruits and vegetables, walk or bicycle instead of taking the car, and educate ourselves about a healthy lifestyle, we are addressing global issues as well as personal ones and can have a strong, positive effect on the future.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 23, 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

Gay Men and Women with Diabetes Find a Voice Through the Diabetes And Gay (DANG) Foundation

Could the medical community be overlooking 2.5 million people who have diabetes? Currently, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, have diabetes. Although an estimated 17.9 million of them have been diagnosed, 5.7 million (nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease.  If lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people comprise 10 percent of the U.S. population, then 10 percent of people with diabetes are part of the LGBT community-about 2.5 million people.*

comments 3 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2009

Staying on Your Teen's Diabetes Team

Growth hormones, peer pressure, independence struggles, and mood swings: welcome to the teenage years! There's nothing like a warning glance from a fed-up teenager to make a parent retreat. As your child takes more control of his or her diabetes, it becomes ever more tempting to step back and avoid the friction that sometimes comes from being involved. Nevertheless, your teenager needs your reliable presence more than ever. The beauty, strength, and sheer courage our kids exhibit in meeting their teenage challenges can inspire us to stand up and work with them to keep their health and well-being firmly in the forefront of their minds. Each child and each situation is different, but here are a few suggestions for staying on your teen's diabetes team.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2009

Islet Transplant Recipient Shares Her Experiences with the Edmonton Protocol

April 2009 was an exciting month at the University of Alberta. It marked the tenth anniversary of an unprecedented approach to islet transplantation, recognized globally as the "Edmonton Protocol." Each year since that milestone has produced evidence of progress in the art of islet isolation and the science of the transplant process. I know this because I lived it. I am patient number thirty-three, one of the many who have witnessed the evolution of this continuing innovation.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jul 11, 2009

Sex & Diabetes: Not Wanting It

Dear Aisha and David: I am a 66-year-old woman who has had diabetes for over 64 years. My husband is 52. He wants sex two or more times day. I hate it.  I have no sexual drive, and most of the time it is painful. It was not always like this, but he has always wanted more sex than any man I know! We talk about things, but he basically ignores a lot of what I say when it comes to sex. He is actually a very caring person and has put up with a lot considering all the complications I have after 64 years of diabetes.  We have been together for 18 years (married for nine). He waits on me hand and foot. I have to tell him to let me do things myself! 

comments 14 comments - Posted Jul 10, 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

Parenting with Diabetes

Rachel and her husband adopted a beautiful baby girl in November of 2008. Their daughter is now seven months old. You can read Rachel's article about diabetes and adoption here.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2009

Primary Care Clinicians and Insulin

With Type 2 diabetes emerging as an epidemic, primary care clinicians need to become savvy at initiating and adjusting insulin. Given the nationwide shortage of endocrinologists, referring all patients on insulin for endocrine appointments is not realistic in most areas of the country.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 24, 2009

Just in Time for Father’s Day, a Grateful Nod to the Hardworking Parents of Kids with Diabetes

I hear voices in my surroundings as the cloud of confusion gradually begins to lift. "Curtis, can you hear me?" "Curtis, what was the score of the football game?" "Curtis, do you know where you are?"

comments 6 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2009

Joslin 50-Year Medal Winner Triumphs over Diabetes

Gale Fullerton is a 65-year-old Californian who has the distinction of being a Joslin 50-Year medal winner. Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., knew that good self-management was the key to minimizing long-term diabetes complications, and the medal program was designed as an incentive for those committed to good diabetes care. In 1970, Joslin Diabetes Center expanded the program and began awarding a 50-year bronze medal. They presented the first 75-year medal in 1996.

comments 24 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2009

Doctors Urged to Stop Accepting Bri- —Oops, Make That Gifts—From Big Pharma

Drug companies spend billions of dollars on research, and it's obvious that they spend more billions on advertising. Well, according to the New York Times, they spend the most billions on giving nice things to doctors: pens, samples, banquets, trips, and educational opportunities among them. For doctors, in fact, there is a free lunch: Pharma companies spend as much as a billion a year just on lunches for doctors. And over 90 percent of doctors have accepted at least some of this largesse from the industry.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jun 12, 2009

If I Can Quit, So Can You

As the article in this issue discusses, smoking and diabetes is a dangerous combination. Smoking is bad enough on its own. I am writing to you as a former smoker of eight years. I started smoking in France in the 1970’s in a Parisian café. I thought smoking Gauloises at the age of 15 made me sophisticated and in vogue. I imagined I looked stylish and mature like the adults I knew who smoked. Their smoking seemed to justify my habit. It never occurred to me that I was risking my health or that I was starting something that would take me years to quit.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 2009

May 2009

2nd Annual Diabetes Educator of the Year Announced

On May 1, 2009, American Diabetes Wholesale paid tribute to Joyce Malaskovitz, PhD, RN, CDE, the winner of their 2nd Annual Diabetes Educator of the Year contest. They also recognized esteemed Diabetes Educator of the Year finalists Suzanne Laws, MS, RD, LD, CDE, and Laura Terrio, RN, BS, CDE.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 22, 2009

A Peek into the Benefits of the AADE and 3 Candidates for the Board of Directors

The polls are open for voting for new members of the AADE board, AADE officers, and the nominating committee. Diabetes Health wishes Board of Directors candidates and former DH Guest Editors, Jane Jeffrie Seley, Kim Higgins, and Deborah Greenwood, the best of luck.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 19, 2009

Sex and Diabetes: From Her Point of View

Dear Sex & Diabetes, I have had type 1 diabetes since the age of ten.  When my husband and I were first married, I had no trouble with my sex drive. After the births of our three children, however, I noticed a big decrease in desire.  I have also had a hysterectomy and have gained 50 pounds since we were first married.  Do you think my weight has something to do with it?  I really don't feel it is fair to put my husband through my lack of desire. He still seems to want me.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 12, 2009

April 2009

Sex and Diabetes

Welcome to Diabetes Health's new column on sex and diabetes, by David Spero RN and Aisha Kassahoun. Once a month, we'll publish questions submitted by our readers, along with David and Aisha's responses. Send your questions to love@diabeteshealth.com and watch for their answers to appear in this column. 

comments 9 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2009

March 2009

Volunteering at Diabetes Camp

It was in the spring of 2005 that I received a call from the director of the diabetes camp in the state where I lived and worked as a sales rep for a blood glucose meter company.  He was calling to ask if I would volunteer as a counselor at the week-long camp, which served around 200 campers, the vast majority with type 1 diabetes. I'd known for years that counselors were always in demand at the camp, but had never stepped forward to volunteer.  I'd heard the stories of how tough and exhausting it was keeping up with your group, performing 2:00 AM blood sugar checks, and ensuring that they all stayed safe and had fun.  Frankly, I'd always had serious doubts as to whether I was up to it.  This, however, was the first time that I had been directly asked to volunteer, and something inside me made me grudgingly agree.  As I drove to the campsite to begin that week in June, though, I'd be lying if I did not admit to being as nervous as any of the kids who were attending.

comments 5 comments - Posted Mar 6, 2009

February 2009

Letter to the Editor: Who’s to Blame for the Shortage of CDEs?

Dear Editor,

You are right when you wrote that CDE's were becoming an endangered species, but were you aware that the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) is part of the problem?

comments 11 comments - Posted Feb 19, 2009

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comments 8 comments - Posted Feb 10, 2009

Treat Yourself Well

As we go to press, President-elect Barack Obama has not yet been sworn into office but he and Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary-designate for Health and Human Services, have made it clear that health care will be a top priority. They have pledged to make health insurance work for people and businesses. One suggested reform in the Obama-Biden health plan is requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions so that all Americans, regardless of their health status or history, can get comprehensive benefits at fair and stable premiums. This will be good news for the diabetes community.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2009

Show Me The Love

Cards, gifts, chocolates, flowers, and romantic gestures. Isn't that what Valentine's Day is supposed to be about? My husband Brian and I had been going on that theory until 2002, when the holiday had the audacity to come around one month after our son Danny was diagnosed with diabetes. That year, we woke up, wished each other Happy Valentine's Day, and started talking about blood sugar levels, carbohydrates, insulin, exercise, and pharmacies. We hit those same topics during the day by phone, and although we vaguely planned to go out for dinner, by evening Danny wasn't feeling well, and we spent part of the night on the phone to Children's Hospital. We did remember to kiss goodnight before we collapsed into a restless sleep, but were poised for the alarm to wake us so we could test Danny's blood sugar levels again at midnight.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 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

Has Anyone Else Reversed Diabetes Complications? If You Have, I Want to Hear From You!
Has Anyone Else Reversed Diabetes Complications? If You Have, I Want to Hear From You!

Are you a scientific anomaly like me?  Have you or someone you know reversed the complications associated with diabetes? Did you suffer microvascular and macrovascular damage during the “growing pains” of coming to terms with having no choice but to live your life with diabetes? Then, did you turn around and find love and hope, which made you change your life? And after changing it, did you find after several years that you were healing the damage that you had incurred by your own misguided hand? 

comments 118 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2008

Woman Loses 134 Pounds in One Year

About a year ago, Cheryl Tooke found herself in the last place she ever wanted to be. She weighed 268 pounds, and her doctor had just diagnosed her with type 2 diabetes.

comments 85 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2008

My Insulin Overdose
My Insulin Overdose

When the sun rose that morning, I was in the kitchen as usual with my daughter, preparing to take my insulin. I usually don't take it in front of her, but we were engaged in one of those frustrating conversations that were so common now that she was a teenager.

comments 20 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2008

Mr. Universe Assaulted by Police During Low Blood Sugar Episode
Mr. Universe Assaulted by Police During Low Blood Sugar Episode

Diabetes Health magazine recently had the pleasure of interviewing Doug Burns for a lengthy feature.  He is a well-spoken and forthcoming man with a good sense of humor and an easy-going manner. Altogether, he comes across as a very nice person. On Sunday, however, Doug Burns was severely beaten by police during an episode of low blood sugar that occurred at a movie theater in Redwood City, California.

comments 60 comments - Posted Dec 17, 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

Brothers’ Diabetes Spans History of Insulin
Brothers’ Diabetes Spans History of Insulin

Bob Cleveland wondered if he’d live when he went to the hospital as a 5-year-old. In 1925, hospital visits were made for dire reasons.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2008

November 2008

Letter to the Editor: Reader Responds to Laura Plunkett’s Diabetes Health TV Interview
Letter to the Editor: Reader Responds to Laura Plunkett’s Diabetes Health TV Interview

Dear Laura,

I just finished viewing your clip online.  You seem like a very intelligent and involved mom who decided it was time to take charge.  I applaud you, and I agree with many points you make, but I disagree with your position on food.

comments 10 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2008

Diabetes Educators are Champions
Diabetes Educators are Champions

Diabetes care creates its own culture. There is a passion that surrounds the caretakers of the diabetes community. It is the small successes that spark us to keep on until the next one. Diabetes care creates champions out of all of us. I'd like to mention just a few of the hundreds of diabetes educators I have met. 

comments 9 comments - Posted Nov 10, 2008

October 2008

Letter of the Week: Mother Discusses Advocacy in Schools
Letter of the Week: Mother Discusses Advocacy in Schools

I read with interest the article by Cynthia Heinz in which she spoke to her local school board, describing a worst case scenario for a child with severe hypoglycemia. As a veteran parent with 15 years of dealing with diabetes in our local public school, I have a few things to add to the discussion.

comments 9 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2008

Living with Diabetes: Ryan Clauson Thrives
Living with Diabetes: Ryan Clauson Thrives

I have had type 1 diabetes for 16 years and, after a long path with many ups and downs, I have finally achieved optimal diabetic health. I have discovered the special lifestyle and diet mix that works and have brought my A1c from 11.4% to 5.2% while increasing my energy and overall health. I'm an elite athlete who plays professional ice hockey, and I currently run marathons. 

comments 19 comments - Posted Oct 27, 2008

Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

Halloween scares me. It scares me even after seven years of helping my 14-year-old son with diabetes enjoy the holiday. We have created a comfortable tradition. Our neighbors get Danny non-food items. We go to a neighborhood bonfire and tell scary stories, and my husband Brian buys back most of Danny's candy and brings it to his office. Through experience, I am no longer afraid of the possible highs and lows, and, thanks to the blessing of cell phones, even Danny's teenage wandering feels okay. If you were a spider on our wall, we'd all appear excited and happy about Halloween.

comments 7 comments - Posted Oct 20, 2008

The Future of Diabetes
The Future of Diabetes

I rush to the hospital, hoping to get there in time. When I arrive, I find my newly diagnosed diabetic with a blood sugar of 1027.  He is vomiting all over the place and might have a seizure soon.  He is in diabetic ketoacidosis. It's time for my dream job.

comments 5 comments - Posted Oct 13, 2008

Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Student Athlete with Diabetes
Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Student Athlete with Diabetes

I'll never forget the afternoon of January 22, 2003, and the phone call that came from Derek's pediatrician. I was just leaving my classroom that day when I noticed the light on my phone lit up, alerting me to a new voicemail. My heart stopped when I listened to the message.  The doctor asked me to call him back as soon as possible.  

comments 2 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

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

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

I Wish Someone Had Done That for Me

I was forty-five years old when I found out that I had type 2 diabetes. I don't know why I was shocked. Diabetes ran like a river through my family. My father had type 1. He died at the age of forty-one from a heart attack, but my mother always insisted that it was partly because he didn't "manage" his diabetes well.

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2008

AADE Survey: Taking Insulin Is a Hardship on Many—and They’re Reluctant to Talk About It With Caregivers

Results from a Harris survey commissioned by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) show that people with diabetes who must take insulin often struggle with dread and negative impacts on their lives because of it. But more than half of them—52 percent—are reluctant to share their concerns with their healthcare providers.

comments 10 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

Stephen R. Covey of “7 Habits” Fame Joins with Diabetes Coaching Organization Fit4D

Bayer Diabetes Care previewed a new partnership at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting this month in Washington, DC.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

Following Dr. Bernstein on Holiday

At the beginning of 2007, we began studying guidebooks and making reservations for a long-anticipated trip to New Zealand and Australia. With limited funds and so much we wanted to do, we decided our budget would go farther if we stayed at hostels. At the same time, we were concerned about Al’s rising blood sugar scores. After visiting relatives during Christmas and celebrating the New Year, Al’s morning scores were as high as 154 mg/dl.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

A1c Testing Should Be Routine for Everyone, Not Just Those with Diabetes, Say Researchers
A1c Testing Should Be Routine for Everyone, Not Just Those with Diabetes, Say Researchers

The hemoglobin A1c test (HbA1c) is a staple among people with diabetes attempting to map out their long-term blood glucose levels. However, it is not a standard test for non-diabetics, even those whose doctors suspect they may have the disease.

comments 14 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2008

Rx for Time-Crunched Doctors and Patients

With their waiting rooms crowded and exam rooms full, many physicians say they are too busy to be good communicators. Those who study physician time-management, however, think otherwise. Certain communication skills can foster efficiency and effectiveness during an office visit without sacrificing rapport with patients, according to researchers at the University of Washington (UW) and the University of Rochester.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 5, 2008

July 2008

Sit!  Roll Over!  Diagnose Hypoglycemia! Good Dog!
Sit! Roll Over! Diagnose Hypoglycemia! Good Dog!

In a report published in the December 23, 2000, issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom write that hypoglycemia is one of the complications of diabetes most feared by patients. They point out, "Intensive research has been devoted to the development of hypoglycemia alarms."

comments 13 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2008

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center

The newly opened Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Stoughton, Mass., is now offering comprehensive wound management care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which has been used successfully to treat diabetic ulcers.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 31, 2008

Blood & Honey: A Doc About Diabetes

What do an African medicine man, a diabetes researcher, a feminist philosopher, and a Native American psychologist have in common? They are all part of a new documentary, now in production, dealing with the psychological component of living with diabetes.

comments 15 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2008

Letter of the Week: Any More Honeymooners Out There?
Letter of the Week: Any More Honeymooners Out There?

July 27, 2008 marked the eighth full month that my son has not used insulin. His last A1c was 5.9%, on July 9, 2008. On August 14th of this year, it will be one year since he was originally diagnosed with type 1. As you know, he was taken off insulin on November 27, 2007, about a month after getting the experimental drug teplizumab. I don't know if it is the drug or not, but others have taken it with good results. It will be interesting to see if they ever get the drug approved and can use it quickly on newly diagnosed type 1s.

comments 15 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2008

Finding Community in Diabetes Blogs
Finding Community in Diabetes Blogs

You might think that having a disease is the last thing you would want broadcast over the World Wide Web. But for some writers, getting the word out there is the main idea. In a world inundated with celebrity gossip and angst-ridden posts, a few people rise above the online mess and use their blogs to foster a sense of community in what could otherwise be an isolating dilemma: living with diabetes.

comments 10 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2008

Annual List of America's Best Hospitals Released
Annual List of America's Best Hospitals Released

“Let’s take care of the patient.” That must be the credo of hospitals that make U.S. News & World Report's “Best Hospitals” rankings, in which hospitals are judged not in routine procedures but in difficult cases across an entire specialty. In the nineteenth year of this annual review, hospitals are ranked in 16 specialties, from cancer and heart disease to respiratory disorders and urology. Out of the 5,453 hospitals put through a rigorous statistical mill, only 170 scored high enough to appear in any of the specialty rankings.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 17, 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

The Star-Fish Story, Diabetes, and the Poorest Nation in the World
The Star-Fish Story, Diabetes, and the Poorest Nation in the World

Have you heard the story of the little boy who was on the beach after a storm?  Thousands of starfish had washed ashore, and he picked up one after another and threw them back into the sea.  A man watched him work and after some time said to the boy, “Look at all these starfish.  You’re never going to be able to save them all. Do you think all your work will make a difference?”  The boy thought for a minute as he looked up and down the beach. “I don’t know,” he said as he picked up another starfish and flung it into the brine, “but it sure will make a difference to this one!”

comments 4 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

Amputee Coalition of America Enjoys Record Attendance at its National Conference
Amputee Coalition of America Enjoys Record Attendance at its National Conference

The 2008 Amputee Coalition of America’s annual national conference in Atlanta June 19 through 22 set new attendance records, driven by interest in the proposed federal prosthetic parity law and other issues of importance to amputees.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

Preventing U-100 and U-500 Insulin Mix-Ups: Pass This Information on to Your Doctor & Pharmacist
Preventing U-100 and U-500 Insulin Mix-Ups: Pass This Information on to Your Doctor & Pharmacist

The non-profit Institute for Safe Medication Practices says there has been an increase in reports about mix-ups between prescriptions of insulin U-100 and insulin U-500 (U-500 is a concentrated insulin that is five times stronger than U-100).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2008

Bon Voyage: You CAN Take that Trip You’ve Been Dreaming About… Just Plan Ahead
Bon Voyage: You CAN Take that Trip You’ve Been Dreaming About… Just Plan Ahead

I’ve always been a pretty good traveler. I simply checked the weather at my destination and packed accordingly. Easy. Then I learned that I had diabetes, and suddenly even weekend trips required an intense amount of additional preparation.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2008

June 2008

Flying on Insulin

Every pilot’s nightmare is the thought of losing his medical certification and being stopped from flying. That happened to me in May of 1986, when I was diagnosed with type 1. In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices, Canada, along with every other country in the world, would not allow insulin-dependent pilots to hold any type of pilot’s license. My short eight-year career with Air Canada came to an abrupt end, and I was told in no uncertain terms that I would never be allowed to fly an aircraft again.

comments 9 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2008

Letter of the Week: Reader Reassured in Crisis by <em>Diabetes Health</em> Online Article
Letter of the Week: Reader Reassured in Crisis by Diabetes Health Online Article

Dear Editor:
 
A few weeks ago, I was reading in bed at around one o’clock in the morning. I got up to administer my twice-daily Lantus dose and a small amount of Humalog to "cover" the carbs I'd consumed about an hour earlier.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 26, 2008

Diabetes Getting You Down? Women Can Improve Their Inner Care by Focusing on Their Outer Beauty for a Day
Diabetes Getting You Down? Women Can Improve Their Inner Care by Focusing on Their Outer Beauty for a Day

How would you describe a minor hiccup in your daily care that  just happens out of the blue, especially when just moments before, you felt fine and everything seemed perfect? That’s a ‘diabetes bad hair day’ according to Divabetic, a national nonprofit diabetes outreach organization, currently on tour with its free national diabetes outreach program, ‘Novo Nordisk Presents: Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes.’

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

Watch Out for Aftershocks
Watch Out for Aftershocks

It doesn’t matter whether your doctor is a blunt bull-in-a-china-shop type or a hand-holder who tries to deliver the news as softly as possible: it’s a shock when you learn you have type 2.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2008

"Erase Your Mistakes With Exercise" and Other Secrets to Living a Long Life With Diabetes

Sheri Colberg, PhD, who has type 1 diabetes, is an exercise physiologist at Old Dominion University who specializes in research in diabetes and exercise.  She has co-authored an inspirational and relevant book called, “50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes.”

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 12, 2008

Letter of the Week: Phoenix Lawyer with Diabetes Takes Pro Bono Cases to Help the Phoenix Diabetes Community
Letter of the Week: Phoenix Lawyer with Diabetes Takes Pro Bono Cases to Help the Phoenix Diabetes Community

Dear Editor,

Sometimes the personal challenges we confront lead us to recognize value and opportunities we had not discovered before.  That has been my recent experience, and that’s why I am especially proud to be a member of the Phoenix legal community.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 12, 2008

Letter of the Week: Mother Caught Between Medtronic and BlueCross BlueShield  Refuses to Give Up
Letter of the Week: Mother Caught Between Medtronic and BlueCross BlueShield Refuses to Give Up

Dear Diabetes Health,

After reading the story in the April/May Diabetes Health about the mother and daughter who won approval from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to pay for the continuous monitor, I wanted to share our story.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jun 12, 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

Robert Oringer: The Entrepreneur Who Pioneered Private-Label Diabetes Products
Robert Oringer: The Entrepreneur Who Pioneered Private-Label Diabetes Products

In the 17 years I have known Robert Oringer, I can honestly say that he has a soaring entrepreneurial spirit and a fierce independence – he is a man who is hard to harness. His mind is always ticking, excited by the next innovative idea.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 2, 2008

May 2008

Living Healthily with Diabetes Requires The Right Attitude as Well as the Right Actions
Living Healthily with Diabetes Requires The Right Attitude as Well as the Right Actions

While none of us would have asked for diabetes, and it's a semi-regular (OK, almost constant) pain in the butt, and I go from highs to lows both in my blood sugar and my frustration level, I still try to remain focused on my blessings: the good in my life and what diabetes gives me.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 30, 2008

Letter of the Week: Joan Hoover Says Amphetamines Should Not Be Prescribed to Stop Onset of Type 2 in Overweight Children

Editor's Note: This week's letter is from Joan Hoover, one of our favorite and most outspoken board members. Joan is also our patient advocate advisor. She is a tireless diabetes educator and advocate for people's access to clear, accurate, and unbiased information about the disease. When Joan speaks, we sit up and listen! Her letter is addressed to Editor-in-Chief Scott King and Diabetes Health pharmacy advisory board member R. Keith Campbell. Campbell had commented favorably on news that a doctor had successfully treated obesity in children by prescribing amphetamines.

comments 7 comments - Posted May 22, 2008

Med Student with Diabetes Cautions Against Unrealistic Expectations for CGMs

Dear Editor, I am a medical student in the M.D. program at Oregon Health and Sciences University and a type 1 diabetic of almost 10 years. I use a Medtronic pump and I also use their continuous glucose monitoring system (Paradigm Real-Time).

comments 34 comments - Posted May 22, 2008

Hello Grandma, Hello Gramp! A Letter from Diabetes Camp
Hello Grandma, Hello Gramp! A Letter from Diabetes Camp

Hello Grandma, Hello Gramp,
here I am at Diabetes Camp.
I am having lots of fun,
and after lunch today, I tested 91!

comments 0 comments - Posted May 22, 2008

Diabetes Is Woven Into the Fabric of My Family
Diabetes Is Woven Into the Fabric of My Family

Let me start with my maternal grandmother, Helen. Helen had diabetes and lived to the age of 73. We all assumed that she didn’t do a good job with it, as we would often find candy wrappers under her bed. When it came to taking care of herself, Helen was my mother’s role model.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 15, 2008

Spencer Helps Me Exercise
Spencer Helps Me Exercise

You can't have diabetes without knowing about the merits of exercise.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 8, 2008

How Much
How Much "Smarter Than a Doctor" Are the Parents of Diabetic Children?

"Insulin Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a Doctor" (April-May '08, pp 12-15) was an excellent article, if perhaps a little frightening. I couldn't help but wonder how well the parents of diabetic children would do on the quiz, and where they might have learned their lessons.

comments 6 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

Still Healthy After 54 Years Living With Type 1
Still Healthy After 54 Years Living With Type 1

I was diagnosed with type I insulin-dependent diabetes 54 years ago at the age of 22 months. A dear family friend suggested my parents take me to our family doctor and have me checked for diabetes after I showed some of the more common symptoms. I was unusually cranky and always hungry, but had a stomach that was hard to the touch as though food was not digesting properly. I was also always thirsty, drinking a lot and urinating frequently. Our doctor tested my blood sugar, and the result was high enough to indicate diabetes. He put me on 60 units of insulin per day and told my parents to take me to the hospital 30 miles from the little Western Kansas town where we lived to get a shot of insulin once a day.

comments 17 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

Hypoglycemia: What Do You Feel In Your Body?  What Do You Feel In Your Mind?
Hypoglycemia: What Do You Feel In Your Body? What Do You Feel In Your Mind?

A word of caution about the values used below. This study was conducted using people without diabetes.  Some people with diabetes experience symptoms at higher glucose levels than the study suggests. Other people with diabetes appear to function well with blood sugars in the 30's and 40's (mg/dl). Therefore, the values in the study should only be used as an approximation. This study also used plasma glucose levels. Your values done at home might be 20 percent lower or higher than these lab values. For example, epinephrine release in someone without diabetes would begin at about 63mg/dl with a home blood glucose meter.

comments 43 comments - Posted May 1, 2008

April 2008

Is That Soda Really Sugar-Free? Test It With Tes-Tape Before You Drink

Carol Whitton of Coral Springs, Florida, discovered that her blood sugar often increased sharply after she drank a diet soda while dining in a restaurant. So she started to test her diet drinks for sugar, a practice she learned from watching the “Living With Diabetes” television program.

comments 28 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

To Color or Not to Color Insulin With Vitamin B-12? Our "Help Us Avoid Fatal Mistakes!" Discussion Continues
To Color or Not to Color Insulin With Vitamin B-12? Our "Help Us Avoid Fatal Mistakes!" Discussion Continues

Hi, Keith,
One of our most popular articles right now is about the many, many folks who accidentally mix up their insulin bottles and take a huge dose of fast-acting insulin by mistake, thinking they are taking long-acting.  (See the article and the 22 reader comments here.)

comments 10 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

How We Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love Exercise
How We Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Love Exercise

Have you ever met anyone who thinks they get enough exercise? Everywhere you look there are books, web sites, exercise videos and articles telling people how to get started and how to stay motivated. Our family certainly avoided any kind of exercise plan. Although we played in the yard, took walks, rode our bikes, and played soccer, I never woke up thinking, "What can we do for exercise today?" Even though I knew we weren't active enough, I didn't want another thing to do.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

FDA Clears Medtronic and LifeScan to Market Integrated Wireless Diabetes Management System
FDA Clears Medtronic and LifeScan to Market Integrated Wireless Diabetes Management System

The FDA has cleared the OneTouch UltraLink wireless meter as the only meter certified by Medtronic to wirelessly communicate with its diabetes management products in the United States. The meter uses Medtronic-certified wireless technology to transmit glucose readings directly to MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps and the Guardian® REAL-Time continuous glucose monitoring system. This makes bolus dosing more accurate and easier for patients compared to the manual entry of blood glucose readings.

comments 8 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

Readers Exchange Opinions on Whether Low-Carb Diets Can Hurt Children
Readers Exchange Opinions on Whether Low-Carb Diets Can Hurt Children

Does Low-Carb Cheat Young Children of Their Needs?

KheurserRD wrote us to say, “From a dietitian's perspective, 30 grams of carbs doesn't allow for much. It would not allow for the recommended amounts of milk/milk equivalents or fruit a child needs. Not to mention the lack of fiber. Whatever happened to balance, portion control, physical activity, and eating within your calorie needs? ...If such extreme restrictions are being made, how can very young children meet their requirements for calcium and other vitamins and minerals present in milk or fruit and some carbohydrate-containing vegetables?  Were these children monitored for nutritional deficiencies, or have the long-term effects of such a diet been studied when the diet was started at such a young age? Even if there are no recommendations for fiber, diets rich in fiber are associated with the prevention of many diseases.”

comments 6 comments - Posted Apr 28, 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

"Your Grandson Has Diabetes"
"Your Grandson Has Diabetes"

I was working at my computer when my 37-year-old daughter, Laura, walked into my home office and burst into body-wrenching sobs. She finally managed to blurt out that a doctor had just told her that my 7-year-old grandson had juvenile diabetes and needed to go straight to the hospital. I didn't want to add my own upset to the chaos of the day, so I went through the motions, calming Laura and being as helpful as I could. My husband Jack, a psychiatrist, canceled his patients and picked up Danny and his ten-year-old sister Jessica at school. The five of us met Laura's husband Brian at the hospital and spent two days learning as much as we could about Danny's diabetes.

comments 5 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

A Call Out to Writers of All Kinds!
A Call Out to Writers of All Kinds!

We’d like to invite diabetes professionals, persons with diabetes (and the people who love and help them) to contribute articles to Diabetes Health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

Talent and Dreams Fulfilled! (Despite My IDDM of 46 Years)
Talent and Dreams Fulfilled! (Despite My IDDM of 46 Years)

Forty-six years of coping with IDDM hasn’t stopped me!  I’m a published, award-winning poet, an actress and, in my “retirement,” a vocalist.  All this from a girl from a far off place known as The Bronx – and a policeman’s daughter, no less!  

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

Letter of the Week: There’s One More Thing Insulin Manufacturers Can Do to Prevent Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups
Letter of the Week: There’s One More Thing Insulin Manufacturers Can Do to Prevent Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups

Editor: I’m writing in regard to an article in Diabetes Health (Feb/March 2008) on page 27 about help in avoiding near-fatal mistakes taking insulin. To read the original article, go here.

comments 9 comments - Posted Apr 9, 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

Type 2 Diagnosis Lit My Fire: 100 Lbs. Down and a 4.9 A1c!
Type 2 Diagnosis Lit My Fire: 100 Lbs. Down and a 4.9 A1c!

In November 2005, with an A1c of 7.5%, I was told that I had type 2 diabetes.  It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to me because my mother has type 2 and her mother died from complications due to her uncontrolled diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 2, 2008

Delores "Dee" Brehm, Age 77: Living with Type 1 Diabetes for 58 years
Delores "Dee" Brehm, Age 77: Living with Type 1 Diabetes for 58 years

When Dee Brehm was diagnosed in 1949 with type 1 diabetes, her prospects were not bright: a permanent chronic condition, a reduced life span, potentially devastating complications and perhaps no children. She married Bill Brehm in 1952, and they began a partnership knowing that together they would have to manage her disease. Dee subsequently defied the dim outlook for her life: She has two children and six grandchildren, and she has surpassed the half-century mark with this disease having been spared the ordeal of complications.

comments 23 comments - Posted Apr 2, 2008

Determined Mom and Daughter Take on Blue Cross And Win Their Battle for a Continuous Glucose Monitor
Determined Mom and Daughter Take on Blue Cross And Win Their Battle for a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Hello to all of you hardworking diabetes educators. We have some exciting news from California! It's about the first case of a health insurance company paying for a patient's continuous glucose monitor, as well as the ongoing monthly supplies. It's also the story of a mother-and-daughter team that had the courage to blaze a new trail for us all. These two women, Laura and Gillian Miller, truly went where no man has gone before! That's why Diabetes Health Professional is honored to tell their story, which you can read on page 27. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 2, 2008

March 2008

What happened after Blue Cross rejected her daughter Laura's application for a continuous glucose monitor?  Gillian Miller took on the big boys and won!
What happened after Blue Cross rejected her daughter Laura's application for a continuous glucose monitor? Gillian Miller took on the big boys and won!

Fifteen-year-old Californian Laura Miller, a brittle diabetic, and her mother, Gillian, thought they had a strong case when they asked Blue Cross in late 2007 to pay for a continuous glucose monitor for her.

comments 15 comments - Posted Mar 27, 2008

Letter of the Week: Experimental Drug Has Cured My Son of Type 1, Says RN

Editor:
My son was diagnosed in August 2007 with juvenile diabetes. I am a registered nurse and was devastated by the diagnosis because I was just completely paralyzed by the fear of potential complications. It was also a tremendous shock to be on the other side of health care – receiving information from hurried staff, including doctors, glancing at their watches while I asked one too many questions.

comments 28 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2008

Research Into Natural Herbs Leads To Lower A1c, 190-lb Weight Loss

I am a diabetic and was taking four insulin shots per day and still had problems with my sugar. I did two months of research on the Web because I had to find a way to get off the shots. I hate needles I was astonished at what I found on natural herbs!

comments 38 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2008

Why Am I Tripping Myself Up? Five Weeks in, and I Can't Wait for Out

Five weeks ago I hurt my ankle. Really hurt it. I either tore a tendon or a ligament or had a severe stress fracture or something. Although I’ve been to my podiatrist twice now, the diagnosis is still unclear. The X-ray showed no break, and while the doc didn’t feel I needed an MRI, I figured that if my insurance paid for it, I did. I want to know we’re doing everything possible to get this fixed as quickly as possible (which already seems impossible after five weeks), because not walking is having several unpleasant effects on me:

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2008

The Two Faces of Diabetes
The Two Faces of Diabetes

The table was set for Thanksgiving and all the family was there. Joey, the baby, was the center of attention. This would be the second Thanksgiving he had witnessed in his relatively short life. Somebody remarked that he looked thin, but Sandra, Joey's mother, thought that it was just a sign of growth. As the turkey and mashed potatoes were served, the family turned its attention away from the cooing baby to ladling piles of food onto plates. Joey didn't eat much that night, but kept asking for more to drink.

comments 20 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2008

Legal and Illegal Drugs: What Every Person With Diabetes Should Know Before They Party

Perhaps more than anyone, people with diabetes know that the motto “Just say no” often doesn’t work.

comments 29 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2008

The ADA and Low Carb Diets

For the first time, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) came out in support of low-carbohydrate diets for people with diabetes who want to manage their weight. The ADA announced this landmark decision in December 2007 with its 2008 clinical practice recommendations. The latest recommendation is in sharp contrast to decades of promoting only low-fat/high-carb diets.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 9, 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

Chocolate Is Not Good for Hypoglycemia!

One of the cartoons you recently published, where a character eats chocolate because his sugar is too low, gave the wrong message. Chocolate should not be used for treating hypoglycemia. There is too much fat in it for it to be effective.

comments 10 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2008

February 2008

The Loneliness of Diabetes

Until August 2006, I was a healthy 44-year-old female with no family history of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes has been so difficult, not because of the shots or management - although it is incredibly time-consuming to take care of yourself.

comments 66 comments - Posted Feb 23, 2008

Gertrude 'Blondie' Fram, Age 93: Living With Type 2 Diabetes For More Than Forty Years
Gertrude 'Blondie' Fram, Age 93: Living With Type 2 Diabetes For More Than Forty Years

Blondie Fram has been living well with type 2 diabetes for at least four decades, and probably many more before she was diagnosed. She attributes her long life with diabetes first and foremost to solid family ties. "I have had wonderful support from my children and their spouses," she says.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 10, 2008

It's Time for "Hypo-Drills": Where I Help My Spouse Save My Life

I have been using insulin for over 29 years, and during this time I have experienced too many lows to recall. My endocrinologist informed me that insulin users who have an A1c less than 7 percent typically require emergency assistance for hypoglycemia about every six to nine months.

comments 26 comments - Posted Feb 7, 2008

French Dad Seeks Temporary U.S. Family For His Diabetic Surfer Son

My son Nathan is a 17-year-old diabetic surfer. We live in France. I'm planning to send him one month this summer to surfing places in the U.S., either on the East Coast or California.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2008

January 2008

"I Don't Care About My Health Right Now"

It is always interesting trying to observe something that we don't ourselves live with. Though I do not have diabetes, I am surrounded by it through family, friends and work on a daily basis.

comments 13 comments - Posted Jan 30, 2008

A Reader Falls Through Medicare's
A Reader Falls Through Medicare's "Doughnut Hole"

Editor:  I am an enthusiastic reader of your magazine. I appreciate the number of times you have tackled some of the bigger questions of diabetes management that others have ignored.

comments 31 comments - Posted Jan 23, 2008

Embracing My Second Chance at Life
Embracing My Second Chance at Life

My introduction into the world of diabetes occurred long ago, when I was diagnosed with brittle diabetes at the age of six. I spent the majority of my childhood in the hospital. There, my doctors, nurses, and nutritionists taught me how to balance my food intake and insulin injections so that I could lead a somewhat normal life.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 11, 2008

New Book Describes the Ins and Outs of Sex and Diabetes
New Book Describes the Ins and Outs of Sex and Diabetes

Among the many possible complications of diabetes is sexual dysfunction. It's not talked about as much as something like neuropathy, so people (especially women) often don't connect their sexual problems to their diabetes. And even if they do, they often can't raise the topic with their healthcare team.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 2, 2008

December 2007

Excuse Me While I Clip on Some Motivation
Excuse Me While I Clip on Some Motivation

Forget the inspirational tapes and cancel the personal trainer! People with diabetes looking for motivation when it comes to exercise may have to look no further than the lowly pedometer.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 26, 2007

Low Carb Vegetarian Diet Works for Australian Type 1 Family
Low Carb Vegetarian Diet Works for Australian Type 1 Family

I am writing to share my experience with a low carbohydrate diet tailored to meet our needs as vegetarians. We have two people with type 1 diabetes in our family, and we have been vegetarians for over fifteen years.

comments 7 comments - Posted Dec 26, 2007

Two Cookbooks, Two Different Dietary Philosophies
Two Cookbooks, Two Different Dietary Philosophies

I recently had the good fortune to come across two very good cookbooks for people with diabetes. The first is The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook: The Whole Food Approach to Great Taste and Healthy Eating, by Jackie Newgent, RD, published by the American Diabetes Association.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2007

Owen Mumford Aims to Delight

"Delight" is a word rarely found in company mission statements, but it's part of Owen Mumford's rather sweet and very British declaration - the company aims to "delight its customers" with its products, keeping in mind that they just might "change the life of our nearest and dearest."

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 19, 2007

Packaging Practices Represent a Major Waste of Insulin
Packaging Practices Represent a Major Waste of Insulin

For more than fifty years, I have been a type 1 diabetic. I am writing to bring attention to the fact that huge amounts of insulin are wasted due to the insulin packaging practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

comments 39 comments - Posted Dec 11, 2007

November 2007

"If You Have…Diabetes": Emotion Opens the Door to Diabetes Education

"If You Have…Diabetes" is a new educational DVD about diabetes. There are plenty of those. But this one is groundbreaking. Other DVDs just hand a stack of information on a plate to people who may be too overwhelmed or in denial to take it in.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 30, 2007

October 2007

Making Lemonade
Making Lemonade

I am a survivor and proud of it. Not only have I lived with diabetes for 52 years, since the age of five, but I am also a breast cancer survivor for over fifteen years.

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 22, 2007

Chip Sullivan
Chip Sullivan

Chip Sullivan is a golf pro. This June he played his best game ever, beating the top club professionals in the country and qualifying for the fourth time to play against the likes of Tiger Woods in the PGA championship tour.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 17, 2007

Raising the Bar: A High-Minded Health Bar With a Low Glycemic Index

Saul Katz is one charismatic health bar maker, a fascinating talker and visionary who makes health bars seem like the most important thing in the world. In 1989, he began his quest to create a "functional food" that would combine science, nature, and great taste in a snack bar.  Not only did he want his bar to promote health, enhance performance, and prevent disease; he also dreamed of air-dropping his bars to disaster victims in need of a good self-contained meal. It's taken over a decade of intense scientific alchemy to achieve, but he's managed to do it all.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 2007

After All These Years: Al Lewis, Age 73, Living with Type 1 Diabetes for 69 Years
After All These Years: Al Lewis, Age 73, Living with Type 1 Diabetes for 69 Years

Anyone who knows Al Lewis of Vancouver, BC, understands why he wouldn't switch to an insulin pump until a waterproof model became available in 1977: His whole life has revolved around water.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2007

A Story of Fatherhood

Bryan Stubblefield is a big ruddy man with the gentlest manner you could imagine. This is the story of his little boy, who's overcoming almost insurmountable problems, and of the man who has learned from him what it really means to be a father.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 2007

September 2007

Eating For Two: A Personal Story of Pregnancy and Diabetes

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year, my doctors and I were rather shocked. I was only 27 years old at the time, slender and in good shape. Diabetes does run in my mother's side of the family, so I wasn't completely taken aback.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 28, 2007

Parents Of A Type 1 Toddler Make Peace With Their New Life

I met Perry at a neighborhood Food Co-op four years ago when he noticed my jacket's JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) emblem, introduced himself, and asked if I knew of any diabetes support groups. His three-year old son, Max, had recently been diagnosed with type 1.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 24, 2007

Living with Type 1 Diabetes for Over Eighty Years
Living with Type 1 Diabetes for Over Eighty Years

If ever there were a diabetic trailblazer, the honor should go to James William Quander, the longest-living African-American with type 1 diabetes on record. Born in 1918 in Washington, D.C., he was diagnosed with diabetes in early 1924, shortly before the age of six.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 21, 2007

My Diabetes and I, Partners Through the Years
My Diabetes and I, Partners Through the Years

It will soon be November, and National Diabetes Month will be here once again. It's a time when I like to reflect upon my past with diabetes and try to look into the future.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 20, 2007

Onward and Upward With Diabetes
Onward and Upward With Diabetes

Swaying in rhythm like drunk fans singing their team fight song, we campers bellowed our camp theme, clapping and banging on dining tables: "Shock, shock for Camp Firefly! We take the insulin - try not to cry!"

comments 7 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2007

Confessions Of A 35-Year Diabetes Veteran
Confessions Of A 35-Year Diabetes Veteran

I've been doing a lot of flying lately, and it's given me time for reflection. While aloft a few days ago in JetBlue's comfy seat, as I took out my syringe and Humalog to dose for my snack, I realized how many things I no longer do that I was once taught to do.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 16, 2007

Calling All Diabetic Exercisers: Help Write a Book

Sheri Colberg, PhD, is writing the 2nd edition of her book, The Diabetic Athlete. Updated throughout, it will cover the use of the newest insulins, new medications like Symlin and Byetta, and all the latest devices.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 14, 2007

Diabetes: The Thinking Person's Disease
Diabetes: The Thinking Person's Disease

Diabetes is sometimes called "the thinking person's disease," and it's not hard to understand why. One consequence of living with diabetes is a constant undertow of diabetes-related thought.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 10, 2007

Dialysis, Without Fear
Dialysis, Without Fear

Dialysis is a subject cloaked in alarming myths and misconceptions. The public mind tends to envision dialysis patients as huddled in seedy clinics, hooked up to machines like iron lungs and knocking weakly at death's door.

comments 1 comment - Posted Sep 8, 2007

August 2007

The Exhaustion of Chronic Illness, or When Bad Things Happen to Good People

I've generally been a "good" person. I try to do those ten things on Dalai Lama's list. You know, be kind, not hurt others, let people know you love them, hear a tree when it's falling even if you're not there...

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 30, 2007

Chris Jarvis Wins Rowing Gold at Pan Am  Games: Olympic Gold Medal winning rower wins gold yet again at the Pan Am games in Rio de Janeiro
Chris Jarvis Wins Rowing Gold at Pan Am Games: Olympic Gold Medal winning rower wins gold yet again at the Pan Am games in Rio de Janeiro

A Canadian Olympic rower and marathon runner, Chris Jarvis, age 26, exhibits the endurance of most elite athletes. However, few would know that for nearly 13 years he has lived and struggled with type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 25, 2007

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes

Dr. Stephen Covey is a mesmerizing lifestyle guru who has revolutionized business management with his seven principles of living life effectively. When his wife was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he was shocked to learn that four out of five people don't know how to manage their diabetes.

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 24, 2007

It's Time to Tune In!
It's Time to Tune In!

Friday at 12:00 noon Pacific time, Diabetes Health's flagship TV show, Diabetes Live, is coming to you live on our website at DiabetesHealth.com.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 16, 2007

Courtney Lovell: An Everyday Diabetes Hero Who's Taking It One Day at a Time
Courtney Lovell: An Everyday Diabetes Hero Who's Taking It One Day at a Time

Courtney Lovell remembers vividly when her little sister, Marah, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As the eldest in a family of seven children, Courtney was her mom's right hand.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 16, 2007

Noah Moore Juggles Life With Diabetes
Noah Moore Juggles Life With Diabetes

Just after he turned sixteen, Noah Moore got type 1 diabetes for Christmas. It didn't seem like a gift at the time, but it sent him on a journey of creative diabetes advocacy that has made his life into a gift to us all.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 9, 2007

A Good Night's Sleep With Diabetes

Parents of newly-diagnosed children with diabetes have something in common - they don't sleep soundly through the night. Anxiety soars in the darkness. When our son Danny was diagnosed at age seven, my husband Brian and I barely closed our eyes, and we set our alarm to check on him at least once every night.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 2, 2007

July 2007

From Fat To Fit: Turn Yourself Into a Weapon of Mass Reduction
From Fat To Fit: Turn Yourself Into a Weapon of Mass Reduction

This book chronicles one woman's lifestyle change and how her journey ignited a popular movement called the "Meltdown" that brought an entire county together in a community-wide weight loss experience.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 24, 2007

After All These Years:  Robert
After All These Years: Robert "Bob" Cleveland, Age 87, Living With Type 1 Diabetes for 82 Years

Not to be outdone by his older brother Gerald (the oldest living person with diabetes most of his life), Bob Cleveland is believed to be the longest-living person with type 1 diabetes to date after Gladys Dull, who beats him by less than a year.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 24, 2007

The Type 2 Diabetes Sourcebook: 3rd Edition
The Type 2 Diabetes Sourcebook: 3rd Edition

The kind of book for which the word "compendium" was invented, this is a straightforward, thorough resource book with something about everything.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 23, 2007

Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis: Who Gets It, Who Profits, and How to Stop It.
Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis: Who Gets It, Who Profits, and How to Stop It.

This excellent book by David Spero, RN, is about the social roots of type 2 diabetes and how powerlessness and lack of hope lead to and perpetuate it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 23, 2007

The Diabetes Travel Guide
The Diabetes Travel Guide

You can rack your brain and make lists by the dozens, but it's still hard to be sure you've covered everything when you're preparing for a trip and you have diabetes. The last thing you need is to be stuck at an airport and find you've forgotten something critical.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2007

Do You Know a Diabetes Hero?
Do You Know a Diabetes Hero?

We are seeking stories of people who are diabetes heroes. You know them: they've struggled against adversity and overcome it with grace. They've gone above and beyond to help others, or they're simply an inspiration to everyone they meet.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 20, 2007

After All These Years:  Gerald Cleveland, Age 91, Has Had Type 1 Diabetes for 75 Years
After All These Years: Gerald Cleveland, Age 91, Has Had Type 1 Diabetes for 75 Years

A life-time resident of the Syracuse, New York, area, Gerald Cleveland has had a history of not quite coming out on top - at least until now.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 19, 2007

Carolyn Gridley:  A Farm Girl Grows Up With Diabetes
Carolyn Gridley: A Farm Girl Grows Up With Diabetes

Born on the family dairy farm in New York, the second of five children, Carolyn Gridley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after her grandmother noticed sugar crystals on her diaper that attracted the bees and flies around the farm.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 11, 2007

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes: Another Kid's Comic Book
Even Superheroes Get Diabetes: Another Kid's Comic Book

The Washington boys, Kamaal and Malcolm, were the first to bring diabetes to the world of comic books with Dr. Diabetes, a super-villain who is overcome by our hero Omega Boy in a pair of stories that introduce type 1 diabetes in a kid-friendly format.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 11, 2007

A Pilgrimage to Peace With Diabetes
A Pilgrimage to Peace With Diabetes

Each year, one hundred thousand peregrinos, or pilgrims, set out for Santiago De Compostela in northwestern Spain to visit the bones of St. James buried beneath the cathedral. Called El Camino de Santiago, it's one of the world's largest Christian pilgrimages.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 6, 2007

Help! My Diabetic Mom is in a Nursing Home
Help! My Diabetic Mom is in a Nursing Home

Q: My mother, who is a "brittle diabetic," has been sent to a skilled nursing facility for two weeks of rehabilitation following a seven-week hospital stay. I am amazed and frightened at the lack of concern for and attention to her diabetes care at the nursing home.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 3, 2007

LifeScan Awards Prize for Athletic Achievement: Athletes with Diabetes Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

Colorado Springs, CO, July 2, 2007 - LifeScan, Inc. announced the 2007 recipients of the LifeScan Prize for Athletic Achievement on June 30 at the annual meeting of the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 2, 2007

Fifty Years With Diabetes: A Microbiology Professor Shares His Story

I was diagnosed with diabetes in September 1953. During that summer, I was in my second year of graduate school at UCLA when I noticed that I was losing weight and had severe polyuria (frequent urination).

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 1, 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

The Washington Boys and Their Activist Family Create a Diabetes Comic Book Superhero
The Washington Boys and Their Activist Family Create a Diabetes Comic Book Superhero

Kamaal Washington was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was nine. He's thirteen now. In those four years, he's become an advocate for diabetes and the author, with his brother Malcolm and help from his parents, of a diabetes educational superhero comic book that's swept the nation beyond their wildest expectations. But it all started when he began to be really, really thirsty.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 27, 2007

A CDE Reminisces about Diabetes Camping
A CDE Reminisces about Diabetes Camping "Before We Had Meters!"

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three, and I have lived with it for 62 years. I can still remember my mother learning to inject insulin into an orange at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 24, 2007

After Forty Years on Insulin, Operating Room Nurse Still Goes Motorcycle Camping
After Forty Years on Insulin, Operating Room Nurse Still Goes Motorcycle Camping

Anne Williamson has had type 1 diabetes for forty years, since the age of seven. But because of the Easter basket incident, she still vividly remembers her time in the hospital. Anne was alone in her hospital room when a volunteer insisted on leaving a candy-filled Easter basket by her bed.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 23, 2007

Say Good-Boy to Hypertension: A Humorous Look at Trading in Your Pills For a Dog
Say Good-Boy to Hypertension: A Humorous Look at Trading in Your Pills For a Dog

Researchers say that owning a dog can lower your blood pressure. Think what this means. A hug to Rover may soothe your cardiovascular system more than a fistful of beta blockers. And what about stroking Sweet Pea? Send in the endorphins.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2007

A Narrative of Forty-Seven Years With Type 1 Diabetes
A Narrative of Forty-Seven Years With Type 1 Diabetes

In 1960, I was a scrawny thirteen-year-old…very scrawny. When my mother recognized that I was eating a lot (and drinking a lot) and not gaining any weight, she took me to the family doctor, who diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetes. I recall that my parents were devastated.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2007

Creating a Family Culture of  Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time
Creating a Family Culture of Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time

Several years ago, my husband Brian and my son Danny were eating at the Food Court of a local mall. "Dad, when someone gets three wishes from the genie in the lamp, why don't they just wish for more wishes?" Danny asked. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 14, 2007

Getting Pumped
Getting Pumped

The insulin pump is a wonderful device, a marvel of engineering that allows diabetics to screw up at the push of a button. With the pump in use, however, instead of staring at a syringe and racking your brain to remember what you injected into where and how much, a few button clicks will remind you of your mistake, allowing you to correct it with unprecedented accuracy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 11, 2007

After All These Years:  Maureen Murray
After All These Years: Maureen Murray

When Maureen "Moe" Murray was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1954, she was told that she probably wouldn't live to adulthood. If she did, she wouldn't be able to get pregnant, and if by some miracle she did conceive, she would certainly miscarry. Fifty-two years later, she's a dynamo of a woman who's disproved every one of those dire predications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 8, 2007

Things I Have Eaten
Things I Have Eaten

People without diabetes completely miss the real difficulties of being diabetic. For one thing, it's not so much about what I can't eat as what I have to eat.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 6, 2007

A Father's Story of His Child's Diagnosis
A Father's Story of His Child's Diagnosis

I'll never forget coaching my oldest child's soccer practice on that cool damp evening in late April. The moment I laid eyes on my ten-year-old daughter as she walked onto the soccer field, I knew that something wasn't right.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 6, 2007

Ginger Graham, former CEO of Amylin
Ginger Graham, former CEO of Amylin

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Ginger Graham, the CEO who led Amylin during the launch of its two first-in-class medicines, Byetta and Symlin.  A fascinating woman with a very personal leadership style, she had the following to say about her past achievements and her future hopes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2007

May 2007

Zip the Dog's Nose Knows Lows:  Diabetes Alert Dog Saves a Life
Zip the Dog's Nose Knows Lows: Diabetes Alert Dog Saves a Life

That long snout on a typical dog is there for a very good reason. It gathers up scent molecules and sends them deep down to special sniffing cells that hold 25 times the number of scent receptors that we humans have.  Dogs can sense complex odors that are 100 million times weaker than our little noses can.  Among those scents is the chemical mix that bodies manufacture when they are getting dangerously low on blood sugar.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 29, 2007

After All These Years: 83 Years of Living Well With Diabetes: Gladys C. Lester Dull
After All These Years: 83 Years of Living Well With Diabetes: Gladys C. Lester Dull

In November 1924, three years after the discovery of insulin in 1921, six-year-old Gladys Dull began her long life of insulin injections. To our knowledge, she is the longest-living person with diabetes to date.

comments 10 comments - Posted May 29, 2007

Letter from a Reader: An Unentitled Life
Letter from a Reader: An Unentitled Life

A type 1 diabetic, 21 years old, pedals a bicycle for nine straight days, nine hundred miles from Tecumseh, Michigan, to Grand Island, Nebraska.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 24, 2007

Banting Farmhouse
Banting Farmhouse

Regarding your article on the Banting Homestead ("Historic Homestead of Insulin Discoverer May Become Housing Development"), I would like to point out a number of facts that have not received sufficient attention.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 24, 2007

A Life Shaped By Diabetes
A Life Shaped By Diabetes

Recently, while preparing to give a speech, I found myself reminiscing about my life with diabetes. It was 33 years ago that I was diagnosed with type 1, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 22, 2007

The Comical Chronicles: My Life As a Jalopy
The Comical Chronicles: My Life As a Jalopy

Forty Years Old and Leaking Like a Sieve - When I turned forty, my body began to break down like an old used car.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 18, 2007

Humor Article: Regular Exercise Reverses Aging (and Makes You Feel Good Naked!)
Humor Article: Regular Exercise Reverses Aging (and Makes You Feel Good Naked!)

In any one-on-one contest, My Beloved beats me every which way. Smarter and more attractive, with better genes and the clout of a Harvard degree, she’s got me by the proverbials. But I maintain an edge in one tiny area. And my edge is gaining as we’ve begun checking our rear view mirrors for that era called Middle Age.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 11, 2007

In the Know with Continuous Glucose Monitors: The Latest in Diabetes Care
In the Know with Continuous Glucose Monitors: The Latest in Diabetes Care

Continuous Glucose Monitors Are Revolutionary - I’ve always believed that if I could give myself insulin conveniently and constantly knew my blood glucose, I could control my blood sugar almost as well as a non-diabetic person. Nine years ago, an insulin pump made the first condition come true. Since then I have been waiting for the magic blood sugar machine.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 10, 2007

Divabetic Diabetes Program Adds a Tunnel of Love to Its Educational Offerings
Divabetic Diabetes Program Adds a Tunnel of Love to Its Educational Offerings

With its focus on the feminine and its message of community, Novo Nordisk’s Divabetic program is currently making its way across the nation. At Divabetic events, women are invited to explore a “Makeover Maze” of personalized diabetes education that’s light-years from the standard sterile clinical setting.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 9, 2007

Auction Action Benefits the JDRF
Auction Action Benefits the JDRF

Brenda Novak has no small goal: She wants to develop a fundraising tradition for the JDRF that will rival Jerry Lewis’s telethon.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 5, 2007

After All These Years: Betty Adamski Schunke Recalls Diabetes Icons

On March 28, 1950, nine-year-old Betty Adamski Schunke entered the hospital with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. She remembers the date vividly. She also remembers the words of her pediatrician, one of the first women in the field: “You can do anything you want to do as long as you remember you have diabetes and plan accordingly.” A feisty, stubborn little girl who strove for perfection and never backed down, she took it for her motto.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 4, 2007

Women's Sex Survey Results Are In
Women's Sex Survey Results Are In

We’ve gotten the results from our women's sex survey, and now the word is out about you, your diabetes, and sex...

comments 0 comments - Posted May 3, 2007

ACP Unveils Internist Tools for Clinical Practice: Patient Workbook, Physician Guide, and Web Site Engage Physicians and Patients
ACP Unveils Internist Tools for Clinical Practice: Patient Workbook, Physician Guide, and Web Site Engage Physicians and Patients

PHILADELPHIA, April 19, 2007 - Eat right. Exercise. Monitor blood sugar. Take medication regularly. This is the advice physicians give the more than 20 million Americans affected with diabetes. Yet implementation of these recommendations is often far from ideal, putting patients at greater risk for damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and feet.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 3, 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

Nearly Five Decades With Type 1
Nearly Five Decades With Type 1

At 63 years old, I've coped successfully with insulin-dependent diabetes for 46 years.  Education and acceptance are the keys, but it took me years (and the support of loving family and friends) to achieve them.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2007

58 Healthy Years with Diabetes, and He Remembers Every Low Blood Sugar: Hypoglycemia - Sometimes Humorous, Sometimes Not
58 Healthy Years with Diabetes, and He Remembers Every Low Blood Sugar: Hypoglycemia - Sometimes Humorous, Sometimes Not

Dismal Predictions - In 1949, at the age of 13, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was told that I would have to take shots for life and that my life would probably last only 25 years longer. Furthermore, I could eat no candy, and all my children would be diabetic.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2007

"I Am" Poem

I am athletic and a diabetic.
I wonder if I will ever quit basketball.
I hear the ball bouncing on the court.
I see me in the hall of fame of all the sports I play.
I want to score 1,000 points in my high school career.
I am athletic and a diabetic.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2007

Making Book: What to Read
Making Book: What to Read

3 Great New Books reviewed: Cheating Destiny, The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting and Know Your Numbers, Outlive your Diabetes

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2007

The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes
The Challenge of Childhood Diabetes

After author Laura Plunkett’s seven-year-old son, Danny, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she felt engulfed by anxiety and overwhelmed by the challenges of his care.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2007

Moving to a New House
Moving to a New House

This last couple of months have been a tumultuous time for me and my family. I moved to town from a house in the country, so my young teenagers could be closer to their friends and the village life available here in Fairfax. The move was chaotic, as moves always are, but we finally made it. Unfortunately, once we got to town, the temptations to teenagers multiplied, and my son (who is not diabetic) found himself in trouble over some experimentation with alcohol.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 13, 2007

How's It Going With Your Diabetic Teen? One Mother Shares a Success Story
How's It Going With Your Diabetic Teen? One Mother Shares a Success Story

Like a fish on a fragile line, handling teenagers requires a delicate touch. My teenage son Danny has type 1 diabetes, and I’ve learned that when he overlooks important aspects of his self-care, it’s paramount not to let the lines of communication break. Sometimes calm restraint is the best option, as a recent incident demonstrates.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2007

Eight-Year Old Tells Her Story
Eight-Year Old Tells Her Story

If you don’t know what diabetes is, I’ll explain to you what it is. Hi, my name is Erin. I’m eight years old, and I have diabetes. I can tell you what I have to do every day to keep myself healthy. Now I have to check my blood sugar four times a day, every day. And I also have to take shots. No, it’s not fun, but I have to.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2007

Riding the Roller Coaster
Riding the Roller Coaster

To the general public, the mood swings of a teenager are the wildest personal roller coaster around. But there’s another roller coaster out there that puts that kiddie ride to shame: the mood swings of a diabetic person like me. In an average teenager, hormones cause mood swings.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 11, 2007

Making a Difference
Making a Difference

Six years ago, Julie DeFruscio’s two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Two years later, her 13-year-old son was also diagnosed with type 1. And four months after that, her ten-year-old son diagnosed himself with diabetes - unfortunately, he was right.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2007

New Pancreas Quiets Cravings
New Pancreas Quiets Cravings

I read with interest Scott”s recent column (“Starting the Conversation”) in which he described eating all the ice cream. Having spent 36 years as a type 1, and now almost seven years cured after a kidney/pancreas transplant (KPTX), I have a unique perspective.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 10, 2007

Diabetic Cancer Survivor Rides to Inspire
Diabetic Cancer Survivor Rides to Inspire

To be a cancer surviving athlete is to be admired. That has not been the case for me as a diabetic athlete. There has never been a special finish line acknowledging the courage, perseverance, and sheer determination it takes to live with diabetes and be out on that course riding, running, or walking. I want this to change.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 9, 2007

Ringing a Bell for Health

I was really pleased to see the article about Andy Bell, (“Buffed Into Health”). I am a sociology professor at William Woods University and have forwarded this article to the nurse on campus, as well as to the Human Performance Department.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 9, 2007

A Diabetic Budgie
A Diabetic Budgie

In the article about diabetes in birds (“Treating Diabetes In Birds”), the question about blindness caught my attention. Our budgie has diabetes symptoms: continuous thirst, heavy urination, chubby body, and can't fly anymore. He has become partially blind.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 9, 2007

Type 1 Pumper Runs Fifty 50 Diabetes Company With a High-Minded Bottom Line
Type 1 Pumper Runs Fifty 50 Diabetes Company With a High-Minded Bottom Line

Half of Fifty 50’s profits are donated to research seeking a diabetes cure that, once found, will put Fifty 50 out of business. Its a novel business plan, funding your own demise, but it works for Gary Russell, the companys president and one of its three founders, along with John Beers and Patricia Gawdun. Since the company debuted its first product in 1991, its given away over ten million dollars to diabetes research.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 7, 2007

After All These Years
After All These Years

Dr. David Reiss had never heard of diabetes until age 16, when he found out he had type 1 during his college physical exam. He rebelled and refused injections for a year, but by then there were ketones in his urine and he had no choice. That was 42 years ago, when people gave themselves just one injection a day.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 2, 2007

March 2007

Healing With Feeling

The day after my eleventh Easter, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I got a shot that very night, and at least two shots every day for the next fifteen years, until I went on the pump. It seems appropriate that on the day the disease took over my body, a fire took over the chimney of our house.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 29, 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

Social Walking is the Ticket to Exercise Success
Social Walking is the Ticket to Exercise Success

Think back to the first time you tasted alcohol or puffed your first cigarette. As odd as it sounds (and unfortunately), after your first distaste you may have learned to like them. Obviously, we can condition ourselves to enjoy, even relish, something we once hated. This can and does work for the positive as well.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2007

Diabetes Won’t Stop 16-Day Trek Through Arctic
Diabetes Won’t Stop 16-Day Trek Through Arctic

Neal Brenner, 41 of Roanoke, Virginia is embarking on the journey of a lifetime which began on March 8 and lasts until March 24. With nothing but a laptop, a satellite phone, and his insulin pump to manage his diabetes, Neal will drive over 4,800 miles through the Arctic Circle with a friend as they take part in a 16-day adventure from Edmonton and ending in Tuktoyaktuk (the uppermost edge of Canada’s Northwest Territories).

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2007

Soulful Advice for African Americans with Diabetes
Soulful Advice for African Americans with Diabetes

New York, NY - According to NY Department of Health and Mental Hygiene report released January 30, 2007, one in eight adults in New York City has diabetes. Among those, African Americans have one of the highest rates at nearly 14.5%. Nationwide 2.6 million African Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes. That’s 10 African Americans for every 6 white Americans with diabetes. Of the 2.8 million African Americans with diabetes, only 1.5 million have been diagnosed. An estimated 730,000 don’t even know they have the disease!

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2007

February 2007

Nancy Found Her Problem and Her Solution
Nancy Found Her Problem and Her Solution

Nancy was totally blindsided when she found out she had diabetes. A 56-year-old lab technician at the time, Nancy was doing some work in the lab. She tested her own A1C and found a reading of 7.3%.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 7, 2007

Brian MacLeod, #1 With Type 1
Brian MacLeod, #1 With Type 1

Brian MacLeod, 47, is arguably the best blind golfer in North America. Reigning king of the U.S. Blind Open and four-time defending Canadian champion, he’s shot as low as 83 and is on track to be the best in the world. But it’s been a long haul to the fairway for MacLeod.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 7, 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

Fighting Diabetes at the Hottest Place on Earth
Fighting Diabetes at the Hottest Place on Earth

Death Valley is hardly a common place to be raising awareness of diabetes. This past fall, however, several hundred people with diabetes, healthcare professionals, and other bicyclists passionate about improving diabetes care rode 105 miles at upwards of 90 degrees to raise money for diabetes research in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) “Ride to Cure Diabetes 2006.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Ode to a CGM

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 11 months old, and I have struggled for almost 46 years to keep control of it. With diabetes, you never get a break.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Making a Difference: A New Column
Making a Difference: A New Column

You might know me as the publisher of Diabetes Health. I’m also a mother of two, the daughter of a woman who died of type 2 diabetes, and a theater buff. But from now on, I hope you’ll come to know me as someone who brings important stories to you every issue, stories about people who are making a difference in diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

Starting the Conversation
Starting the Conversation

We’ve made big strides on our new Web site since I last wrote to you, and it’s shaping up into an exciting and dynamic community gathering place. Once it’s been inaugurated, you’ll want to drop in on a daily basis and check out what’s happened since the day before. We’re going to be posting all our articles hot off the press, and the input from you will be right there as well, ready for the lively back-and-forth that already animates your letters to the editor.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

January 2007

Divabetic is Bringing Sexy Back!
Divabetic is Bringing Sexy Back!

Hundreds of women affected by diabetes across the country are feeling great about themselves and learning to stay that way, thanks to an innovative diabetes outreach campaign presented by a world leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk.┬áCalled “Novo Nordisk Presents Divabetic—Makeover Your Diabetes,” the program combines personalized diabetes education with free salon and spa services in a crash course designed to help every woman’s “inner diva” take charge of her own and her family’s health.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 25, 2007

Buffed Into Health
Buffed Into Health

It was supposed to be a simple test: I’d pee in a cup, listen to my doctor’s suggestions to feel better, and go home with a prescription. Except on that day, it wasn’t that simple. I sat in the exam room and waited for my doctor to return. When he finally did and started to talk, saying that he suspected diabetes, I remember seeing my mom’s face fall.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 17, 2007

December 2006

Happy and Healthy Holidays While Low Carbing

During this time of year, we are all busy. Many of us are so overextended with demands on time and energy that we allow our usual health routines to fall by the wayside.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 7, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Biggest Gripe Is That There Will Never Be a Cure

comments 0 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

Diabetes Health Celebrates Its Best

In honor of National Diabetes Month, we welcome you to Diabetes Health’s “Best-Of” issue.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2006

Ten Good Things About Having Diabetes
Ten Good Things About Having Diabetes

The idea for this article came to me one night after attending a diabetes support group at a local hospital. During the meeting, the discussion of serious complications became so graphic that there was an air of melancholy and hopelessness permeating the entire room. I thought, "What we really need is the good news." I tried to imagine whether I would miss any part of having diabetes if I could be cured today.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2006

October 2006

Letters to the Editor

I wish to raise awareness about and concern for dental problems that might be complicated by the new Exubera therapy and other therapies employing the dry powder inhaler (DPI) technology as a means of administering therapeutic medications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

What I Eat When I’m On the Road

I have two teenagers! If you’re a parent of a teenager, you know why I used the exclamation point. Everything is changing fast in their world, and I try to keep up.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 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

In Her Own Words

As I get older, I get more calls from friends and family members telling me about their recent diabetes diagnosis. A little over a year ago, my first cousin Jeannie called to announce her inclusion in the growing type 2 club.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Reader Values Her Privacy

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August 2006

Always A Work in Progress

On the front cover of this issue, you may have noticed something different—our new masthead. To reflect our ever-evolving growth and our goal of helping those with diabetes stay healthy, our new design places equal emphasis on both diabetes and health. It also gives us a more unified and identifiable image that ties together all of our publications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

Bariatric Surgery Was the Answer for Annie
Bariatric Surgery Was the Answer for Annie

“I can bend over and paint my own toenails now,” says Annie, who had bariatric surgery on February 5, 2005.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

New Book Explains Basic Steps to Diabetes Fitness
New Book Explains Basic Steps to Diabetes Fitness

“The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan: Living Well and Being Fit With Diabetes, No Matter Your Weight” (Marlowe & Co., 2006) is the book I hoped would be there for me one day if I were to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Big Brother in the Big Apple?

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Young Canadian Is Reaping the Benefits of New Technology
Young Canadian Is Reaping the Benefits of New Technology

Medtronic MiniMed has linked an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April, the pump part of the combination is already available. The company expects the monitor component to be available by the end of August.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

July 2006

Book Contains All the Nutrient Information You Need

“The Ultimate Calorie, Carb and Fat-Gram Counter: Quick, Easy Meal Planning Using Counts for Your Favorite Foods” (Small Steps Press, 2006) is a new book by Lea Ann Holzmeister, RD, CDE.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Diabetics on Top of the World

We all knew that he would do it sooner or later, and now he has. Will Cross became the first American with diabetes to summit Mount Everest—the highest point on earth. Cross, a 39-year-old father of six from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, made it to the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest on May 23, 2006.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Ed and the School of Hard Knocks
Ed and the School of Hard Knocks

For Ed, diabetes wasn’t only a wake-up call—it was an alarm clock.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Teen’s Book Offers Advice on Living With Type 1
Teen’s Book Offers Advice on Living With Type 1

In “The Diabetes Game: A Teenager’s Guide to Living Well With Diabetes” (Rewarding Health, 2006), 17-year-old Nora Coon offers teenagers advice on how to cope with juvenile diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

One Reader’s Plan Yields Big Success

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June 2006

Type 2 Diabetes: Not Just for Adults Anymore

It used to be called late- or adult-onset diabetes; now it is called type 2. Instead of occurring primarily in people in their 60s or 70s, it is now found in people of all ages—even youngsters in grade school.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

Type 1 Murder Mystery Now at a Bookstore Near You

Many of you may remember “The Canal Murder,” a murder mystery written by Evelyn Geisler, part of which was serialized in Diabetes Health last year.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

Eli Lilly Announces Call for Entries for the 2006 LillyforLife Awards
Eli Lilly Announces Call for Entries for the 2006 LillyforLife Awards

Eli Lilly and Co. has announced a call for entries for the 2006 LillyforLife Awards.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

Type 1s Are The Idol to Millions

In recent history, can you think of a more popular television show than “American Idol”?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Times Have Changed

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May 2006

Rachel Is Ready for Her Makeover
Rachel Is Ready for Her Makeover

This month, we hear from Rachel, who will tell us about the process she is going through right now.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

Former NFL Star Sends Message of Encouragement and Hope
Former NFL Star Sends Message of Encouragement and Hope

For nine years, Jay Leeuwenburg was a star offensive lineman in the National Football League. He is now the subject of “Yes I Can! Yes You Can! Tackle Diabetes and Win” (ComServ Books, 2005).

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

New Long-Acting Insulin Now Available

My life depends entirely on getting little squirts of insulin into my bloodstream on a regular basis. Too little, and high blood glucose hijacks my moods—tired and cranky are the watchwords here. Too much insulin makes my BGs plummet—and shakiness and confusion take over until I eat something containing sugar.

comments 3 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Why Can’t Diabetes Get Better Coverage?

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

Shouting Out About Federal Funding for Medical Research

One good thing about having diabetes—you quickly learn the importance of numbers. And you are about to read some numbers that should bother you as much as a bad A1C.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 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

April 2006

My Experience With Type 1, Pregnancy and Delivery
My Experience With Type 1, Pregnancy and Delivery

On January 7, 2006, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Ava Grace Baker. She was 8.4 pounds and 20.25 inches long. It took 30 hours, but it was worth every moment. Well, almost every moment.

comments 7 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different

Some things I remember very clearly. Like the moment the doctor told me that I had to take injections for the rest of my life. This news bothered me horribly. But what if he had told me I could inhale the insulin instead? I would have been on cloud nine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

The Importance of Changing Ernest
The Importance of Changing Ernest

Ernest had high triglycerides and his blood glucose was rising. He thought he was doing all right, so you can imagine what he thought when I recommended that he increase the amount of fat and protein in his diet and decrease his carbohydrate intake.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Readers Respond to Insulin Article

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Hala Khalaf Captures the Global Essence of Being Young With Diabetes
Hala Khalaf Captures the Global Essence of Being Young With Diabetes

Hala Khalaf is the author of “Young Voices: Life With Diabetes” (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). Her book is an intimate portrayal of how culture influences the daily lives of 13 young people with diabetes from around the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

March 2006

Finding a Friend

Have you ever thought, “No one understands me or my problems”? You felt alone. You felt overwhelmed. You struggled intensely.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

Letter to the Editor

Low-Carb Cocktails Cause Concern

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

New Book Explains How to ‘Think Like a Pancreas’
New Book Explains How to ‘Think Like a Pancreas’

I wish “Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin” (Marlowe & Co., 2004) had been available in 1993 when I was first diagnosed with type 1.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

Dennis Robinson ‘Problem Solves’ His Diabetes Dilemma
Dennis Robinson ‘Problem Solves’ His Diabetes Dilemma

Dennis Robinson, a University of Missouri economist, says, “Give me a challenge, make it make sense, and I can do almost anything. That’s how I could lose 60 pounds and keep it off, and even take insulin.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

A Call for a Worldwide Unity in Diabetes

It is no secret that diabetes has become an enormous international problem. Right now, there are over 194 million people worldwide with diabetes. That number is expected to rocket beyond 334 million in the next 20 years. Something has to be done and quickly.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 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

Anne Peters on Exercising With Diabetes
Anne Peters on Exercising With Diabetes

Anne Peters, MD, is director of the clinical diabetes programs at the University of Southern California (USC). Her latest book, “Conquering Diabetes” (Hudson Street Press, April 2005), has been hailed as one of the most “real” and readable diabetes guidebooks to date.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

February 2006

Animas Announces 2005 Diabetes Heroes
Animas Announces 2005 Diabetes Heroes

On November 1, 2005, Animas Corporation and Nicole Johnson Baker announced the winners of the first annual Diabetes Heroes essay contest.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

Deb’s Story
Deb’s Story

For Deb it was a vicious circle. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 33 years ago at age 20. It was four weeks before her marriage. You can imagine the stress she endured at that time. “I have lived on a diabetes rollercoaster ever since, until about eight months ago,” she says.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

The Rewards of Participating in a Clinical Trial

I have always been fascinated by scientific research and public participation in the process. My pregnancy has offered me many opportunities to be a research participant myself.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for Fast-Acting Glucose Article

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

Good Decisions for People With Diabetes?

“I’ve been taking insulin for 31 years.” People always gawk at me when I divulge this. “But you look so healthy,” they reply.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 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

How I Lost My Weight
How I Lost My Weight

You may not believe it by looking at me now, but I have weight issues. I’ve had them since I was a child. I’m telling you this because I know it’s hard to relate to someone who tries to help you with your weight problems if that person is not overweight herself.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

Letters to the Editor

Heads-Up on Research Project

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

21 Million and Counting

To be honest with you, I only recently got used to saying “18.2 million people have diabetes”. I was stuck on telling people, “15 million have diabetes” for the longest time. In fact, I can even remember saying “13 million have diabetes” only a few years ago.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 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

Can we Have a Diabetic Holiday?

Remember the old song “Sleigh Ride”?

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

A Different Kind of Holiday Gift

It is December, and besides holiday celebrations, accounting and taxes seem to be on a lot of people’s minds. Now, that may seem like a drag, but here is a positive spin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

Fast-Acting Glucose
Fast-Acting Glucose

You remember the American Express commercial, “Don’t leave home without it”? After some recent experiences of three of my diabetic patients, I tell them the same thing about fast-acting glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Lilly Leaves Us With Fewer and Fewer Options

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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

Shouldn’t Every Month Be National Diabetes Month?

Every November, we hear about National Diabetes Month. It is the one month out of the year when the mainstream media call attention to this epidemic that is sweeping our nation.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Readers Respond to Scott’s September Column

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 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

Trick or Treats

Come October, I immediately start thinking about Halloween and trick-or-treating with my children. I always allow myself a few chocolates—if I can get them away from my kids as we go door to door. “May I have a piece?” I ask them, sweetly. “Sure, Dad,” they say, as they let me rummage through their bulging goody bags. I choose a piece of plain chocolate, like a mini Hershey bar, or one with nuts, but I stay away from anything with caramel in it. Depending on how much I eat, I will need two to five extra units of fast-acting insulin this night.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

‘The Diabetes Epidemic Can Be Stopped!’
‘The Diabetes Epidemic Can Be Stopped!’

“I think it is possible to end the diabetes epidemic,” says Veronica Atkins. She is not kidding.

comments 1 comment - 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

‘Good Carbs, Bad Carbs’
‘Good Carbs, Bad Carbs’

“Good Carbs, Bad Carbs” by Johanna Burani, MS, RD, CDE, is a thorough look at nutrition, food and the role of the glycemic index.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2005

How to Deal With the ‘Diabetes Police’
How to Deal With the ‘Diabetes Police’

There here, they’re there, they’re everywhere! It’s the Diabetes Police—your family, friends and others who criticize your diabetes behaviors. They disapprove of your food choices, point out your weight gain, accuse you of skipping your medication and nag you to exercise more. These well-meaning individuals care about you, but they make life with diabetes more difficult and can create tension in a relationship. Here are some examples of ways that the Diabetes Police operate in our lives:

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 1, 2005

The Atkins Foundation Funding

Research

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September 2005

Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina is being called the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. Thousands of people were left stranded without adequate food, shelter, water, and medical supplies. Many of these people were diabetics who are now forced to struggle with unspeakable conditions and a lack of medical supplies necessary for the control of their diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 8, 2005

Time for a Dialogue

I lean heavily on the feedback I receive from all of you because it helps me to shape the direction of this magazine. Many times, readers alert me to debates about hot topics taking place in the diabetes community, and other times I like to start discussions myself.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Diabetes Cure May Reside in Adult Stem Cell Research

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August 2005

How a Diabetic Guy Trimmed Down

I have been overweight my whole life. When I was in grade school, the other kids called me “fatty.” It didn’t help that the PE teacher created an unpleasant competitive environment and didn’t teach us how to care for our bodies.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 1, 2005

Letters to the Editor

Readers Respond to JDRF Feature

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2005

New Book Explores the Voices of Young People With Diabetes
New Book Explores the Voices of Young People With Diabetes

Presenting what it calls “an intimate portrayal of the lives of 13 extraordinary young people,” Novo Nordisk has published “Young Voices, Life With Diabetes.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2005

Book Offers Low-Carb Smoothie Options
Book Offers Low-Carb Smoothie Options

Low-carb guru and best-selling cookbook author Dana Carpender’s latest offering is “Low-Carb Smoothies: More Than 50 Fabulous Recipes the Whole Family Will Love.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 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.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 1, 2005

July 2005

More Feedback on Scott's Regimen

This is another letter in response to Scott King’s column that ran in the February 2005 issue (“Random Shots”).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2005

A Lizard’s Saliva Inspires a New Med

I love the music of Paul Simon. In his song “Senorita With a Necklace of Tears” he writes, “. . . There is a frog in South America, whose venom is a cure . . . more powerful than morphine and soothing as the rain, a frog in South America has the antidote for pain . . .” I always liked that lyric and have often wondered if it actually is true.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2005

Corn Refiners Sweet on HFCS

The article "High Fructose Corn Syrup: Is This Disguised Sugar Affecting Your Diabetes?"(May 2005) unfortunately suggests that food manufacturers are misusing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a natural, home-grown sweetener from Midwest corn fields.

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Diabetes Educator of the Month: Molly-Jayne Bangert, BSN, RN, CDE
Diabetes Educator of the Month: Molly-Jayne Bangert, BSN, RN, CDE

Molly-Jayne Bangert, BSN, RN, CDE, working in the rural Southwestern United States, is passionate about increasing diabetes awareness and reducing risks associated with diabetes and pre-diabetes

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June 2005

What’s Up With the JDRF and Denise Faustman?

This past April 12, 2005, would have come and gone like any other day had I not seen a headline in my local paper that caught my eye:

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The Diabetes Awareness Message

We are all accustomed to seeing nice, safe, uplifting public service advertising about diabetes on television, featuring cute kids, compassionate parents and diabetes fighters.

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks for Supporting Diabetes Camps

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Type 1 Superhero Saves the Day
Type 1 Superhero Saves the Day

“Omega Boy Versus Doctor Diabetes” is a comic book written by brothers Kamaal and Malcolm Washington. The brothers—ages 11 and 9, respectively—are the sons of Alonzo Washington, publisher, co-writer, co-creator and owner of Omega 7 comic books.

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May 2005

The Case of the Missing Kit

Back in February, I wrote about what I keep in my diabetes kit. Well, just last month, the contents of that kit, along with my waist pack, disappeared during a trip out of town. I found myself without a meter and no insulin. Anyone whose life depends on these things will be able to identify with me—I felt quite naked.

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Letters to the Editor

A1C Author Did Not Prepare or Endorse A1C Chart

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Mama Mia! An Italian Diabetic Cookbook
Mama Mia! An Italian Diabetic Cookbook

Adding to her series of cookbooks, nutritionist and author Robyn Webb has written “Italian Diabetic Meals in 30 Minutes or Less” (American Diabetes Association, 2005).

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New Book Explores What Must Be Done to Stop Obesity and Type 2 Epidemic
New Book Explores What Must Be Done to Stop Obesity and Type 2 Epidemic

Legendary endocrinologist Francine R. Kaufman, MD, has written a new book entitled “Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America—And What We Must Do To Stop It” (Bantam Books, 2005).

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C-Reactive Protein and Heart Disease

Many people don’t realize this, but the only reason many of us are so concerned about our cholesterol levels is that to date, cholesterol has given us a “best guess” as to our risk for heart disease.

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April 2005

Readers Chime In On Scott’s February Column

I appreciate the many letters we received about my February 2005 column. It’s great to have a good debate every now and then.

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Letters to the Editor

Nicole Gets a Valentine

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Diabetes Educator of the Month: Chris Reichert, RN, MS, CDE
Diabetes Educator of the Month: Chris Reichert, RN, MS, CDE

Chris Reichert, RN, MS, CDE, is the director of the Diabetes Care Center at Parkview in the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado. In 1990, she developed the diabetes program at Parkview and became a certified diabetes educator in 1992.

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Diabetes Education and Medicare

Over the last six years, I have had numerous memorable moments and treasured experiences, but among the best was the day I was named an Honorary CDE by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

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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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How to Stay on Track With Your Exercise Program
How to Stay on Track With Your Exercise Program

Have you ever quit soon after starting an exercise program? If you have, you are not alone. Lots of people start a new activity with the best of intentions, but before long, they stop. If you are sitting on the sidelines, here are some tips to help you get back on track:

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March 2005

A Pill for Everything

A while back, a friend of mine who is very overweight went to see his doctor and was found to have an A1C of over 9%. He also had high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and arthritic knees.

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Weekly Diabetes TV Show Coming to Life
Weekly Diabetes TV Show Coming to Life

On March 20, 2005, dLife, the first-ever nationally televised diabetes program, goes live on CNBC. Anyone with cable television will have access to the show every Sunday night.

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Cookbook Offers Recipes for All Four Phases of Atkins Approach
Cookbook Offers Recipes for All Four Phases of Atkins Approach

Veronica Atkins, the widow of the late low-carb pioneer Robert Atkins, MD, is coauthor with Stephanie Nathanson of the new “Atkins for Life Low-Carb Cookbook.”

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Video Game Improves One Teen’s Diabetes
Video Game Improves One Teen’s Diabetes

It’s pretty much a truism that video games are bad for children’s health. They hold their minds hostage, promote sedentary behavior and can even desensitize them to violence.

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Letters to the Editor

Readers Chime In On ‘Diabetes Busts’ Article

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What Happened to “The Canal Murder”?

Several readers have asked what happened to our serialized novel, “The Canal Murder” by Eve Geisler, of which seven chapters appeared in recent issues of Diabetes Health.

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February 2005

Random Shots!

A friend recently asked me what I have in the diabetes pack that I carry everywhere.

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Letters to the Editor

Reader Asks About Long-Term Safety Data

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Diabetes — A Condition of Connection
Diabetes — A Condition of Connection

Our first date was the very definition of a diabetes disaster.

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Diabetes Educator of the Month: Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE
Diabetes Educator of the Month: Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, was named Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

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Novo Awards Native American Nursing Scholarships
Novo Awards Native American Nursing Scholarships

Novo Nordisk recently began awarding scholarships to Native American nursing students.

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‘The Secrets of Living and Loving With Diabetes’
‘The Secrets of Living and Loving With Diabetes’

Editor’s note: The following review contains content that may be unsuitable for our younger readers.

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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

There’s Nothing Wrong With a Little Hope Every Now and Then

I have always hoped for a cure for diabetes—who hasn’t?

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Letters to the Editor

Tell Patti to Lose the Shoes

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Getting a Head Start on Valentine’s Day
Getting a Head Start on Valentine’s Day

Hot off the presses and in time for the holiday comes “The Secrets of Living and Loving With Diabetes: Three Experts Answer Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask.”

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December 2004

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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Best-selling author Dana Carpender has published yet another low-carb cookbook

Following the success of “The Low-Carb Barbeque Cookbook,” Carpender returned to the test kitchen and created “500 More Low-Carb Recipes: 500 All-New Recipes From Around the World.”

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Letters to the Editor

My Two Cents on Hospital Stay Feature

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Nicole’s Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

This time of year presents extra challenges. It’s not easy to live with and manage diabetes during the holidays, but it can be done. Here are some tips for staying focused, fit and in control during this season:

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Diabetes Educator of the Month: Frida Theros
Diabetes Educator of the Month: Frida Theros

This month, we feature Frida Theros, RD, CD, CDE, who works with the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah in Cedar City, Utah.

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Five Steps to Better Parenting

For people living with diabetes, constant vigilance is required in order to stay healthy. But when a person with diabetes has a child, the parent must balance the demands of taking care of children while also attending to his or her own health needs. From one parent living with diabetes to another, here are a few suggestions: 1 Manage Your Stress

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The Canal Murder, Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven

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November 2004

Celebrating Two Anniversaries

Though I didn’t get a cake, I just celebrated my biggest birthday. I have now lived for 30 years with diabetes—that’s 30 years of effort and worry, 30 years of information-gathering, testing, dieting, hypos, injections and doctor visits. Somehow, luckily, I have thrived.

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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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The Canal Murder, Chapter Six

Chapter Six

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Diabetes Educator of the Month: Susan B. Sloane, BS, Rph, CDE
Diabetes Educator of the Month: Susan B. Sloane, BS, Rph, CDE

Susan B. Sloane, BS, Rph,CDE, has been a registered pharmacist for more than 20 years and a certified diabetes educator for 15 years.

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October 2004

AFT Decision Needs to Stay After School

In the last few months, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) met and issued guidelines on caring for a child with diabetes at school. After their annual meeting in July, the AFT released a brochure outlining their position on diabetes care.

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Letters to the Editor

Lee Is Getting My $10

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Letters to the Editor

Many Other Healthy Lifestyle Centers for People with Diabetes

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Readers Discuss the Love/Hate Relationship With Their Pumps

We asked a few pump “veterans” what they love and hate about their pumps. Here is what they had to say.

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Why Should You Bother to Code Your Meter?

Q: I just noticed that my strips are code 10, but I forgot to change my meter, which is still set at code 2. My meter is a LifeScan OneTouch Ultra. I don’t know how many bottles of strips I have gone through at this wrong setting.
Have my readings been too low, or too high? And by how much have they been off?

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We Are the Champions!

I am thrilled that last month’s cover person, Gary Hall, Jr., has claimed the title of “Fastest Swimmer in the World”!

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It’s Fall

Baseball, football, soccer, basketball, and hockey are all sports that proclaim, “It’s autumn.”

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The Canal Murder, Chapter Five

Chapter Five

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September 2004

We Could All Learn a Lesson From Gary Hall, Jr.

I can still hear the voices and see the faces of people telling me, when I was younger, that having diabetes would keep me from doing this or keep me from doing that.

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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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Professional Educator of the Month: Allen Bennett King, MD, CDE, FACP, FACE
Professional Educator of the Month: Allen Bennett King, MD, CDE, FACP, FACE

This month, we feature Allen Bennett King, MD, CDE, FACP, FACE, assistant clinical professor at the University of California Natividad Medical Center. Dr. King is the cofounder and medical director of the Diabetes Care Center in Salinas, California. 

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The Canal Murder, Chapter Four
The Canal Murder, Chapter Four

Chapter Four

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August 2004

A Horse We Can Bet On

“It seems that if you want something done around here, you gotta do it yourself!”

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The Canal Murder, Chapter Three

Chapter Three

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Spare $10 for a Diabetes Cure?
Spare $10 for a Diabetes Cure?

Lee Iacocca is mad as hell about the state of diabetes research and he doesn’t want to take it anymore.

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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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Diabetes Health Keeps Rockin' & Rollin

Do you remember “American Bandstand”?

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The Canal Murder, Chapter Two

Chapter Two

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June 2004

New to Pumping?
New to Pumping?

So, you aren’t pleased with your blood glucose control.

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Resistance Exercise—The Fountain of Youth
Resistance Exercise—The Fountain of Youth

As we age, we tend to get heavier, weaker, slower and more prone to injury, disability and chronic disease.

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Traveling

Sure, it’s easier these days to find lower-carb options at restaurants, but let’s face it, traveling can provide an excuse that allows us to lose control. “I’m on a trip,” or “I’m on vacation,” seem to always be the popular refrains. But there is no vacation from diabetes or weight and health management.

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New Low-Carb Barbecue Cookbook

Fast on the heels of her two best-selling cookbooks, Dana Carpender’s new collection of low-carb barbecuing recipes has just been released.

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Here We Go

Here at our offices in Fairfax, California, there has been this blank canvas. And to this canvas, our design, editorial, sales and circulation staff have been adding radiant colors and dynamic shapes of all kinds.

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Nutrition Coach's Corner

“Are those new wraps at Subway good for me?” “If I make applesauce with Splenda, can I eat all I want?” “How do I count the carbohydrates in low-carb yogurt?” Do questions like these cross your mind every time you dine out, set foot in the supermarket or flip through a recipe book?

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The Canal Murder, Chapter One

Chapter One

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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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How to Turn Your Type 2 Diabetes—and Your Life—Around in 30 Days

According to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, of the 17 million Americans with diabetes, 90 to 95 percent have type 2.

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Why You Should Consider an Insulin Pump

The number of people opting for insulin pump therapy grows. Worldwide, the number is approximately 300,000.

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The End of An Era

Wow! This is my 142nd, and last, column for Diabetes Interview.

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April 2004

One Year Later and The Lower-Carb Lifestyle is Hotter than Ever

Who would have ever dreamed it? A year ago this column debuted when Diabetes Health asked me to write a feature article about some of the research related to lower-carbohydrate diets.

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Frustrated With Highs and Lows

“Using Insulin” may soon become the new bible for “everyone who wants to end blood glucose highs and lows.”

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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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Big News—Our Name is Changing

Yes, it's true—we are changing the name of our magazine.

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March 2004

Keep On Keeping On

If you are reading this column, you have probably decided to try the lower-carb approach to your diet—or you are at least thinking about it.

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Book Tells You How to Be a Smart Pumper

“Smart Pumping for People With Diabetes” by Barbara J. Anderson, PhD, and Howard Wolpert, MD, a new book published by the American Diabetes Association, teaches people with diabetes how to use the insulin pump effectively.

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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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February 2004

How to Live the Lower-Carb Lifestyle in 15 Minutes

Best-selling cookbook author Dana Carpender has released her newest collection of tasty lower-carb recipes, entitled “15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, & More!” (Fair Winds Press, 2003).

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How to Win the Weight Loss War

So you want to lose weight. Prepare for war!

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It’s February. Do You Know Where Your New Year’s Resolution is?

I know that it’s already February, but I am writing this column in January and I am still thinking about my New Year’s resolutions.

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Dudley Retires After 16 Years in the NBA

The National Basketball Association officially announced the retirement of Chris Dudley, after a 16-year NBA career.

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Give Your Relationship a Reality Check

Having a chronic disease like diabetes can put a great deal of pressure on a relationship. In fact the divorce rate for people with chronic diseases is known to be higher than that of the general population.

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January 2004

Happy New Year

Welcome to our annual Product Reference Guide. This month, we depart from our usual fare to bring you an overview of the main categories of diabetes products, including a collection of our comprehensive charts from 2003. We hope you find it useful!

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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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May 2003

A Mom’s Story

There is nothing like a family member's health crisis to totally shake up your world.

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Sick Day Guidelines

Insulin pump users can get sick, just like everyone else.

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A Greater Sense of Responsibility and Independence

Make sure that when you inject the glucagon, you push down on the plunger with lots of force," said the nurse practitioner. "It's very important that you remember to do that!"

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Flying High

Fourteen years ago, when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Douglas Cairns was forced to give up his dream of being a military flight instructor. He was told he could never fly again.

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