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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

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

May 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

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

September 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

August 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

May 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

April 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

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

February 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

November 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

October 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

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

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

July 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

June 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

May 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

April 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

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

February 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

January 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

December 2005

Can we Have a Diabetic Holiday?

Remember the old song “Sleigh Ride”?

comments 0 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

October 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 Atkins Foundation Funding

Research

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September 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

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

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

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:

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2005

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2005

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2005

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.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

Random Shots!

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

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?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2005

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2004

October 2004

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”!

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2004

August 2004

A Horse We Can Bet On

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2004

July 2004

Diabetes Health Keeps Rockin' & Rollin

Do you remember “American Bandstand”?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

June 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

May 2004

The End of An Era

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

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2004

April 2004

Big News—Our Name is Changing

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

February 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2004

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!

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2004

May 2003

Everyday Heroes

"Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story" - John Barth. Here at Diabetes Health, we call our May issue the "heroes issue." Why? Because, beginning about five years ago, we started giving nearly 15,000 copies of this issue to diabetes camps all over the United States. In each year's May issue, we like to feature people we think of as heroes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

April 2003

The Good Fats

I feel conflicted just reading the title of this column. "Fats"—the word just seems to have a nasty ring to it. How could fats be good?

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2003

March 2003

Sailing on Smooth Waters

I can't wait to see what my next A1C will be! My last one was 7.3%, with my blood glucose up, down and all around. I was low, I was high, and just way out of control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2003

February 2003

Sweethearts Forever

Valentine's Day is a time we think of the loved ones who are there for us—whether they are parents, siblings, friends or a spouse. I think of my wife, Nadia, who from the day we met liked me for who I am.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2003

January 2003

Gone To Guam

I have just had the best trip of my entire life! It all started when Carl Butler asked me to be a keynote speaker at a diabetes conference he was organizing. The first surprise was the location—Carl lives in Guam and is part of a group of wonderful, dedicated individuals who planned this educational conference for Guam and its surrounding islands.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

December 2002

Unsafe at Any Level

At our house, we have avoided trans fats since 1993. This was the year Diabetes Health first printed a report about the dangers of eating margarine, which is often made from hydrogenated oil. Our 1993 article cited a study done in 1974, which indicates that scientists have been aware of the hazards of trans fats for quite some time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

November 2002

Diabetes Health Does Hollywood

It's inevitable. Every time Hollywood releases a movie with a character who has diabetes, those of us "in the know" sit with clenched teeth, noting every inaccuracy and wondering whether the powers-that-be in Tinseltown have any clue at all. Are they going on misconceptions that "everybody" believes to be true? Do they bother to research diabetes?

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

October 2002

Remembering Mom

Frequently now I come across an article or a quote or a joke that my mother would like, and I reach for the phone to share it with her.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2002

September 2002

Nobady's Perfect

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2002

August 2002

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my family and I went to the county fair. It was a great day, but the noise really started to bug me, and I began to get cranky. How dare the barkers at the carnival shout so loudly! Why did the rides have to play music incessantly? My children wanted money for this ride and that toy, and I wanted to yell at them and tell them they couldn't have one more nickel!

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2002

July 2002

Made in the Shade

It's a busy time of year. School is out, camp has begun and vacations are being planned or taken.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2002

June 2002

The Man in the Mirror

Last night, I woke up a little before 3 a.m. and tested my blood glucose. It was 52. I had to get up and eat. Here I am, going to Weight Watchers, exercising, trying to take off another 15 pounds, and my efforts are being thwarted by diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2002

May 2002

Break Your Own Record

The heroes featured in this issue have two things in common: They've achieved top success in their various fields, and they have diabetes. I'm inspired by these people, who face the same challenges that I do with diabetes. It's too easy, sometimes, to use diabetes as an excuse not to try. Seeing these individuals reach the top encourages me to do as much as my capabilities allow.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2002

April 2002

Mom in the Drivers Seat

Back in December 1992, two years after we started Diabetes Health, I was shocked to learn that Mom had developed diabetes, too. I wrote in these pages about how she had complained to me that she was tired and couldn't get off the sofa. She was depressed, and sometimes she slept all day. Then she got worse. She was sick, lethargic, had tingly feet and blurry vision. I was concerned for her health and suspected that she had diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2002

March 2002

The Power of Ice Cream

A little boy wanted ice cream after dinner one night. Because his parents had already counted his carbohydrates and given him a carefully calculated dose of insulin, his mother tried to dissuade him.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

February 2002

Dont Worry, You’ll Get It Down

Why Check Your Blood Glucose?

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2002

January 2002

Starting Anew in 2002

Welcome to the New Year!

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

December 2001

New Directions for Diabetes Health

On a beautiful, clear day in November, the editorial staff of Diabetes Health gathered on the 31st floor of the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco's Union Square for our first—but definitely not last—editorial retreat.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2001

November 2001

Fat and Lazy

This month, I am featuring the second in a series of guest editorials. Jan Chait, a frequent contributing writer to DIABETES HEALTH who has type 2 diabetes, writes this one.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

Fat and Lazy?

This month, I am featuring the second in a series of guest editorials. Jan Chait, a frequent contributing writer to DIABETES HEALTH who has type 2 diabetes, writes this one.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

October 2001

Follow the Gleam

Jane Seley, RN, MPH, MSN, GNP, is a doctoral candidate from New York City and a good friend of mine. Jane has served on our advisory board since the very beginning, over 10 years ago.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2001

August 2001

New Research and Products

I always love this time of year! It’s just after the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions, and there is always a wealth of new research and products that are introduced to us in the diabetes community.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2001

May 2001

Great Diabetes Dialogue

In my February column ("Seeing Red"), I printed a summary of foot-care guidelines ("Important Steps for Foot Care") as outlined by Richard Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, CWS, of the Diabetes Center in Mamoroneck, New York.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

April 2001

It’s An Exclusive…

We are proud to present an exclusive report from the "Diabetes Chief," Endocrinologist Dr. Allan Spiegel, MD.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2001

March 2001

This Won’t Hurt a Bit

The letters we print in our "Letters to The Editor" section are among the most passionate and controversial letters you will read anywhere. If you don't want to get your passions aroused, then maybe you should skip this section.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

February 2001

Seeing Red

When my mom saw that her hammer toe was bright red and swollen, she knew she was in trouble, even though she was in no pain. Mom, a type 2, had been to her podiatrist just two weeks before for routine foot care. This included trimming a callus on that toe. My mom takes great care of her diabetes. She tests before each meal, has good HbA1cs and sees her doctors regularly.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2001

January 2001

Getting the Ball Rolling

For the past 25 years we have been hearing that the cure for diabetes is "right around the corner."

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2001

December 2000

Innovative Research From Around the Globe

Recently, I was leafing through the latest research findings of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Israel. I found a lot of interesting research on diabetes that I would like to share with you.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2000

September 2000

Cutting the Costs of BG Testing—Analyst Predicts Industry Changes

Scott King: We have been reporting on the GlucoWatch since 1995. Can you tell us how the industry is viewing this product?

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2000

August 2000

No More Diabetes: Scott King Interviews Islet-Transplant Expert About How He Did It

Recently, Dr. James Shapiro and a team of transplant surgeons at the University of Alberta in Edmonton transplanted islets into 10 people with type 1 diabetes. In previous studies, only eight percent of islet-transplant recipients have remained off insulin for one year. The Edmonton Protocol is the first study in which 100 percent of islet-transplant recipients have been insulin-independent for one year.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 1, 2000

July 2000

Both Sides Now

You'll find this months "letters to the editor" to be very interesting. On several topics, our readers are clearly divided. Our article on nighttime hypoglycemia shocked one reader and drew praise from another.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2000

May 2000

Clues To The News

Let me start off with a big thank you to all of you. As a person with diabetes, I feel I have the best job in the world! An important goal for me is giving consumers of diabetes products and treatments a voice. That is why you will find your voices included in these pages.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2000

March 2000

News! News! News!

It seems that each new issue of Diabetes Health is more exciting than the previous one.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2000

February 2000

Diabetes Complications Hit Home

This is a hard column to write this month.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

January 2000

GlucoWatch in the News

In November 1995, DIABETES HEALTH reported that a company named Cygnus was developing a new wristband device called the GlucoWatch monitor that was to give sugar readings every 20 minutes. Cygnus said they hoped to introduce the GlucoWatch monitor to the market by the end of 1997. Over the years, as we have covered this story, the launch date has crept forward. It has taken much longer than Cygnus had anticipated, but at least they never gave up.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2000

December 1999

Not The Rose Tattoo

I recently got together with a new friend named Chris Newman. Chris is the product manager at Disetronic, a maker of insulin pumps. We met on an airplane coming home from a diabetes conference. I had been there representing this magazine, and he was there representing Disetronic. Like me, he has type 1 diabetes and is the father of young children. We compared notes on how we manage our diabetes.

comments 8 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1999

November 1999

Party Conversations

I attended a party this weekend at a friend's house. The hostess said, "Scott, I want you to meet my brother-in-law, Alan. He has diabetes, and you two should talk."

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

October 1999

Lights, Lug Nuts and a Low

Welcome to this month's issue, and our feature story on driving.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1999

September 1999

My First Meter

In 1978, at age 21, I ran away to Hawaii to work on a cruise ship. In those days, I never told anyone that I had diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1999

August 1999

Don’t Go Low in the Heat

Recently, while trying to keep track of the kids and the shopping list at a big department store, yours truly had a low blood sugar. I immediately sat down, and my meter confirmed a reading of 52 mg/dl. Fortunately, I was carrying glucose tablets and everything was okay.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1999

July 1999

A Skin Cream Survey: Keep Informed and Moisturized

A great number of skin creams and lotions are formulated for, and marketed to, people with diabetes, but why? What is it that makes people with diabetes require skin care products, and why do those products need to be specifically designed for diabetics?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1999

Making Diabetes Connections

You like our changes! All of us at DIABETES HEALTH enjoyed hearing from so many of you that you liked our new layout. We now start the feature stories inside the publication, which reduces the number of page jumps. This opened more room on the front page for our talented art director, Hansen Tom, to create a beautiful illustration.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1999

June 1999

Heroes with Diabetes

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1999

March 1999

Research Tips

I recently spoke to 200 people at the Desert Diabetes Club in Palm Springs, California. The talk went great, and the Question & Answer part of the speech was the best part for me because it gave me an opportunity to see what was on the minds of people with diabetes. I learned that what people with diabetes wanted the most was tips and information they could use for the treatment of their diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1999

February 1999

Come Walk with Me through this Issue

Our top feature this month examines the controversy surrounding the popular type 2 diabetes drug, Rezulin. Should a medication that has demonstrated injury in some individuals be withdrawn from the market? Or, should we consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks?

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1999

January 1999

Dear Ann Landers
Dear Ann Landers

On this issue's front page we begin the story of Ann Landers' comment that people with diabetes who test and inject at restaurant tables exhibit "gross insensitivity and very poor manners."

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1999

December 1998

Don't Worry. I Don't Have AIDS.

My wife's mother, Carol, has been staying with us recently. She's had type 2 diabetes for 14 years, and this past year her vision deteriorated to the point where she is now legally blind. Then, she had a stroke six months ago.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1998

October 1998

Do You Buy It?

Diabetes is a rich and growing industry. Last year alone, the diabetes medication market grew 23 percent. Furthermore, 2,186 more of us are diagnosed with diabetes in this country every day. Do the math and you'll see a growing market.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1998

September 1998

A Whole Lot of Questions Goin' On

I, personally, enjoy reading the recently published diabetes research. We subscribe to several journals which publish findings from doctors and other researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1998

August 1998

Summer Brew

Last night I woke up with a start. Before opening my eyes I was sure there was a loud phone ringing at the foot my bed. When I looked, there was no phone. Why was I awake then? I went to the dinning room to test my blood sugar, and sure enough, it was low-34 mg/dl. I had glucose tablets right there and I ate them.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1998

July 1998

Answers for a Cure-A Q&A with Camillo Ricordi, MD

Prompted by Scott King's April 1998 column ("Questions for a Cure"), Camillo Ricordi, MD, sent in his response to Scott's series of questions regarding islet cell transplantation. Ricordi is a Professor of Surgery and Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cellular Transplantation, Department of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and the scientific director of the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami. He is a pioneer in the field of islet cell transplantation and is credited with developing an islet cell isolation technique that allows researchers and doctors to obtain enough islets from a single pancreas to treat a recipient.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1998

June 1998

A Brave Soldier - Steven Craig is Gone But Not Forgotten

I was very saddened to find out that Steven Craig, an islet cell transplant patient that we have written about on so many occasions in the magazine, had died at the age of 43. It seems that Mr. Craig took his own life, and his death was not a result of his diabetes, or was it?

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1998

April 1998

Skin Cream Options

U-Lactin Lotion - 8 oz for $11: "It's available at a low price, and it combines the benefits of ten percent urea and two percent lactic acid. There are no other cremes out there with this combination. The lactic acid helps exfoliate the dead skin cells and the urea helps to hold the moisture in the skin. This is good for anyone with dry skin." - Lea Roberts

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1998

Questions for a Cure

I was thrilled to hear President Clinton had allocated $300 million more to diabetes research. It felt like diabetes was finally getting some of the attention it deserved. Still, it feels like the battle is only half won. I firmly believe that the research community should be held accountable to us - the people with diabetes who will eventually benefit from their work. Unfortunately, the average person with diabetes has very little say in what sort of research gets funded.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 1998

March 1998

The Diary of a Diabetic Dad

This month Spencer turns five. He was born two years after we started Diabetes Health, and Miranda followed 19 months later. In many ways, we have all grown up together.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1998

February 1998

My Story

I was seventeen years old when the doctor told me I had diabetes. In the weeks that followed I heard many strange things about my new disease. Friends, neighbors and relatives had plenty to say about my diabetes and very little of it was positive.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1998

January 1998

Eat, Drink, Test and Be Merry

Last month I excitedly reported that a march on Washington had been announced. However, it grew so fast that the planners had to step back and take a second look. They are now calling it a "Political Impact Rally," and the date might be changing. For more information, a toll free number has been set up by volunteer Robin Harrison. Call (888) 253-7144 to find out more about this emerging, grassroots advocacy campaign.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1998

December 1997

Let's March in May

Last month, hundreds of thousands of African-American women marched on Washington, D.C. in a show of solidarity. This followed on the heels of the Promise Keepers' rally and the Million Man March two years ago. Each of these called for the participants to take a more active role in their own families and communities.

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Islet Cell Transplant Update

Q: What information do you have on the latest work being done on islet cell transplants for type I diabetics? When my 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed four and a half years ago, it seemed a cure was around the corner. Now it seems there are more obstacles than resolutions. Any hopeful information?

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November 1997

Our 4 Billion Dollar Checking Account

In 1994 there were 110.4 million people with diabetes worldwide. By the year 2010, researchers estimate the number will skyrocket to 239.3 million.

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October 1997

I Want My Iletin I!

When human insulin first appeared on the market it was thought to be a "special" insulin and the beef/pork insulin that I had taken for years was termed "standard" insulin. A lot has changed since those days. What was once thought to be the standard is now in danger of being pulled from the market.

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September 1997

Random Shots!

I recently learned of a famous diabetologist, Dr. Lawrence in England, who made all the endocrinologists he trained take a shot of insulin to experience an insulin shock. He felt this was necessary for them to become good doctors.

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August 1997

16 Million Strong

In May, I printed a survey in my column asking you how you felt about the direction of NIH spending on diabetes research. We have received an overwhelming response to the survey. My personal thanks to everyone who sent in a response.

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Scott's Column Stats

1. The current diabetes research funding system needs to be reformed.

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July 1997

Bedtime Readings

I have been taking the new insulin Humalog for almost a year now. It took plenty of getting used to - I had to increase my basal insulin and completely relearn when to take my meal shot. But it's been working great.

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June 1997

Researcher with Diabetes Takes Care of His Own

Information from a leader in the field of islet cell transplantation has gotten me very excited. The novel work being done with pig islets by Encelle, Inc. appears to hold great promise for the success of cross-species islet transplantation.

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May 1997

Scott's Column

In the past few months two of my columns seem to have touched a raw nerve. In one piece I asked, in reference to the money earmarked for diabetes research each year by the National Institutes of Health, "What would you do with $300 million?" The other column that generated several reactions was a piece focusing on the great strides made by AIDS activists in their efforts to influence research funding decisions. Reactions to both columns have been pouring in ever since.

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Scott's Column - Questions

1. The current diabetes research funding system needs to be reformed.

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April 1997

Falling Blood Sugars or Climbing Child?

Even after 22 years of managing my diabetes I run into situations that get me wondering, "Am I having a hypo or am I just under stress?" These situations always serve to remind me that despite our very best intentions and efforts to make it so, life is anything but predictable.

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March 1997

A True Story of Activism

I recently read a terrific new book about AIDS activism that has me very excited. It has powerful insights into the pharmaceutical industry, government regulations and the politics of activism that I believe can be applied to diabetes as well. The book, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge, is written by Steven Epstein.

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February 1997

Diabetes Health's Survey-Have You Heard?

Your response to DIABETES HEALTH's subscription information raffle cards was overwhelming. Congratulations once again to the 20 winners of five-year subscriptions announced last month.

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January 1997

Vitamin E Kicks @$$!

It seems hard to believe that a simple, over-the-counter vitamin could greatly reduce the chance of developing cardiovascular disease, lower HbA1c levels and improve insulin sensitivity without anyone having noticed. But, until recently, vitamin E seems to have been doing just that.

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October 1996

Diabetes Health—Moving in the Right Direction

I've just returned from the big diabetes conference in New Orleans. It was a gathering of over 2,000 diabetes educators and companies representing products and services relating to diabetes. We had a booth in the exhibit hall along with hundreds of other companies. Three of us from Diabetes Health attended the show to shake hands with diabetes educators and meet with advertisers, and I also attended some of the lectures.

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September 1996

Hungry for Humalog

My mom and I were on the phone last night talking about our diabetes. She's a type 2 on insulin and really struggles keeping her blood sugars down.

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August 1996

Nine Stories

The Power of Ice Cream

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July 1996

Animal Insulin — An Endangered Species?

There has been much debate in recent years surrounding the use of animal vs. human insulin. Since the introduction of human insulin over 10 years ago, the reputation of animal insulin has taken a beating. Critics have derided it as an antiquated, impure and a less desirable alternative, and in many countries it has been taken off the market completely. This trend, however, may be unwarranted and depriving some people of an insulin which suits them best. New research is answering many questions about this controversy.

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June 1996

The 66 Million Dollar Men

In our May issue we presented you an exceptional piece of reporting, which originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story, about Biocontrol Technology, Inc., was written by Gazette Staff Writer Patricia Sabatini, who has been following the company for quite a while now. DIABETES HEALTH has also been watching Biocontrol, and as I look through our stories and those run by the Post-Gazette I am hit with one notion: It must be nice to make $700,000 a year and not even have to deal with the pesky task of actually producing a product.

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May 1996

A Meeting of the Minds Provides Inspiration

I was recently invited down to Palm Springs by Jim Cook to participate in "A Day of Hope," a day of researchers speaking at the Eisenhower Medical Center Desert Diabetes Club. For two years, Jim, President Emeritus of the Desert Diabetes Club, has worked on this one day to invite all the people concerned about diabetes in the Palm Springs area to hear scientists talk about the latest research-the things Jim feels offer the most hope to people with diabetes.

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April 1996

A Look At Recent Diabetes Research

I have been sifting through the pages of several diabetes medical journals from all over the world over. My impressions are mixed. A very few articles are clear and significant for people with diabetes, while most are written only for a select few. These have titles so complicated, I have to get out the medical dictionary even to read them. I don't question their validity, but with titles such as "Anglotensin-converting enzyme polymorphism and development of diabetic nephropathy in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus," it makes it difficult to know whether I'm looking at the next cure or maybe a stepping-stone for someone to get their next grant. I read through over 300 articles and selected the seven which follow. I felt these had relevant information to help people with diabetes make better informed choices.

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March 1996

Some Days Going To Work Is Like A Vacation

Jolted awake at 4 am with a low blood sugar, my heart racing, is not my first choice to begin a bright day. While it was still dark, I staggered out of bed to find my tube of Dex 4's. I should have tried to get right back in bed, but my hunger was overwhelming. Grabbing a bathrobe, I plodded out of the bedroom to plunder the fridge. I ate three oranges, a pear, and two pieces of toast before my hunger pangs subsided. I was wide awake with my heart still pounding from the hypoglycemia.

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February 1996

The Canary In My Coal Mine

The big news of the day for me is that carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of a group of muscular-skeletal manifestations common to diabetes. Most people know about retinopathy [eyes], nephropathy [kidneys], and neuropathy [nerves]. But many are not aware of this whole other group of degenerative problems that relate to the joints.

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January 1996

Carpal Tunnel: Readers Respond In Droves

A little more than two months ago, I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a painful affliction of a nerve in the wrist-a problem that turns out to be 15 times more common in people with diabetes than in the general population. Last issue, I wrote about my early prognosis and the healing methods I had already tried. I asked people to call the DIABETES HEALTH office and tell me about their experiences with CTS. To my amazement, I received calls from dozens of readers. I found all of your stories helpful. Many of you asked me to report back about what I've learned.

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December 1995

Oh What A Week!

Here in San Francisco, we are marking the sixth anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. My insurance company is celebrating by doing all they can to not insure homes against pesky natural disasters. My agent called recently to tell me the company never received our payment, and they were canceling our insurance.

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November 1995

It All Started With Tingling Fingers

About a month ago I was driving to Santa Cruz and noticed a tingling in my fingers. It got worse when I put my hands up on the steering wheel and better when I rested them on the bottom. During this two-hour drive, it was a struggle to keep my fingers from falling asleep. Soon after, I began to wake up often during the night, having to reposition my hands so they would stop tingling.

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October 1995

Hard Science Or Hard Sell?

As a publisher whose primary goal is to provide my readers with the truth, it was a real challenge to explore the work Loran Medical Systems is doing.(see page 1, October 1995 issue).

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September 1995

Warm Fuzzies Given Freely

Does diabetes leave you feeling alone? Join the club-literally. Diabetes support groups are forming all over the country, offering people with diabetes a chance to share info, ideas and good company.

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August 1995

My Own Injection, LifeScan Wins Case

Big news-LifeScan has won its patent infringement lawsuit against Polymer. People with diabetes see this issue as more than just an impersonal business announcement. This news affects our lives.

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July 1995

Recipe For The Good Life - 74-Year-Old Gets Cookin'

It was a year ago that Evelyn Narad found herself practically immobilized by a broken shoulder. A 74-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes, she was very overweight, dependent on daily insulin, and miserable.

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7 Steps to Mastering Diabetes

Set your expectations correctly. Give yourself about two years to master your diabetes. Mastering your diabetes is a lot like skiing: It takes just a day to get started but years to get good at it. Go with the flow. The process of mastery is not only long but cyclic, too. There are times of great satisfaction and times of great frustration. When you're succeeding, pat yourself on the back for all of your hard work-you deserve good health. When you're frustrated, honor that emotion. Just keep working at it until you bust through to the next level. Expect setbacks along the road. Sometimes you'll even think that you're regressing and getting worse. Contact people who can help you. Unfortunately 95% of people with diabetes are not seeing a specialist. You can't get good advice from people who don't know about diabetes any more than you can squeeze blood from a turnip. Find out the qualifications of those you entrust with your health. Ask questions such as, "When was the last diabetes seminar you attended and what did you learn?" Ask for references. Interview some of their patients with diabetes. Don't hesitate to speak up for yourself or bring someone who will-mother, daughter, brother or friend. Write down your questions. If you want to eat pumpkin pie, ask a dietitian to help you figure it out. You are the consumer; spend your healthcare dollars wisely. 4. Read books that can help you. Don't rely completely on your doctor or your diabetes care team. Diabetes care is changing very quickly and you need to read to stay informed. In the past five years alone major changes have affected diet, insulin, and insulin delivery, and blood testing. Pump therapy and the management of type 2 diabetes have also undergone big changes. Don't go looking for trouble. If you have diabetes you need to test your blood sugar regularly. When your blood sugar is consistently over 180 mg/dl, it starts to damage body tissues. This is how beef jerky is made, by curing meat in sugar. Years of high blood sugar can cross link your proteins and weaken your body. Become street smart about foods and exercise. You need to become an expert about these things. Here are some questions everyone needs to find answers for: How much carbohydrate, how much fat and how much protein is in this food? How fast will it raise my blood sugar? How much fruit can I eat and when? Do I know how to count carbohydrates? How much insulin should I take if I exercise? Which kind of insulin should I be using? Should I be on an "intensive insulin therapy?" Join a group. Admit that you might want support. Ask around for an existing meeting or start you own. There are good books about starting support groups. I just heard two great names: a type I women's group that goes by "Don't Call Us Honey!" and some pump-using women who call themselves "Babes on Pumps." These people feel absolutely great about what they are doing. There you have it-7 steps to mastering diabetes. I'm sure there are more, but I'm out of room.

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June 1995

My Own Injection, Was It a Dream?

I woke up yesterday at 3 a.m. I wasn't quiet sure if it was because I was having a low blood sugar or waking up from a bad dream.

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April 1995

More Readers Respond to Insulin Articles

Eli Lilly responded to Ressmeyer with a letter informing him that "The rising costs of continued production of some formulations, in view of decreasing therapeutic use of them here and abroad, forced us to reevaluate our strategy. The result was that we substantially narrowed our insulin product line by discontinuing some lesser used products, such as animal Ultralente insulin."

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March 1995

Readers Respond to Insulin Articles

In our November and December issues we tackled the topic of animal insulins being pulled off the market by Novo Nordisk in our article "Where's the Beef?" Also in my column I wrote about my personal experiences with taking beef Ultralente insulin (beef U). I had discovered an insulin which worked perfectly for me while I was off my insulin pump. While taking beef U I had better blood sugar control than I had ever been able to achieve before. The rub in this matter is that the insulin, beef U is no longer available.

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April 1994

Spencer Broke His Collar Bone, I Got a Cold, and My Blood Sugars Are All Messed Up

Many of you read my column one year ago about the birth of my son Spencer. It was probably the most popular column I had ever written and described an event that was extremely challenging.

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December 1993

It’s Been A Very Big Year!

This past week I was in bed for two days with a severe cold, probably stress induced. Forced to rest, I had time to reflect on this past year. What a year-what a lot of stress! I think it has been the most event-filled year in my life. Below are a few of the major changes that have filled 1993.

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November 1993

It All Happened So Quickly

My father, age 72, fell getting into bed and broke his hip in early September. After laying in pain on the floor of his bedroom for 24 hours, he was finally discovered and taken to the hospital. He underwent successful surgery to mend his hip, but came down with pneumonia the next day. I immediately drove to Sacramento to see him, and help take care of him. When I arrived, he was barely able to breath or talk. When I asked him if he wanted me to help him get better, he said he wasn't sure if he wanted to live or die. He had fractured his hip once before and he was clearly depressed over the prospect of having to relearn how to walk.

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August 1993

PWD = People (or person) with Diabetes (Continued)

It took years of refining my multiple injection techniques for me to get my blood sugars down to the levels achieved in the DCCT study. It was tough, but with monitoring 8-10 times/day I was able to lower my average blood sugars and my hemoglobin A1C tests. During this period I could not get health insurance and had to save money wherever I could. I would reuse my syringes until the markings rubbed off and I would cut my strips in half. (Don't try this now because today's meters don't work with cut strips.) Then for a brief period in 1989 I was part of a group health insurance plan that paid for durable medical equipment. This enabled me to afford purchasing an insulin pump.

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July 1993

PWD = People (or person) with Diabetes

I got a real kick out of one of the lapel buttons worn at the recent diabetes conference where the DCCT results were announced. The button stated "Joslin was right all along." This is in reference to one of the fathers of diabetes care-Elliot P. Joslin. Way back in the 1920's he said that normalization of blood sugars was instrumental for PWD to stay healthy. He founded one of the first diabetes teaching centers in the world-to show PWD how to do it. "It" was how to eat, exercise, and take insulin to achieve good blood sugars.

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June 1993

You’ll Get It Back Down

A survey involving over 1400 family-practice and general-practice physicians, internists, and pediatricians suggests that less than one third of the non-specializing physicians who treat people with diabetes agree with the "acceptable ranges" for blood glucose and HbA1c levels recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The three designated "acceptable ranges" are: fasting blood glucose levels between 70-120 mg/dl; two hour post-meal blood glucose levels less than 180 mg/dl, and HbA1c levels less than or equal to 8%.

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January 1993

What's Up With the Dream Beam?

I put on my reporters cap and I called Robert Rosenthal over at Futrex recently. I asked Robert about the rumors I had been hearing about his meter making it through clinical trials. Though 44 companies are working on it, Robert and his company, Futrex, Inc., have been getting a lot of publicity about their new non-invasive (bloodless) blood glucose meter. They call their device the "Dream Beam," and it uses infrared light to "read" blood sugar levels through the skin.

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December 1992

My Mom Just Came Down With Diabetes

To have my own mother come down with diabetes was quite of a shock. It is a big issue for me because my life is already dedicated to helping people with diabetes get a fair shake, and this is such a switch. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 17, and it was my mom that cared for me and brought information into our home. Now I have the chance to impact her life in much the same way.

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