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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 1 comment - Posted Oct 25, 2013

September 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

December 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

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

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

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 4 comments - Posted May 12, 2011

March 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

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 2 comments - 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 4 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 2 comments - Posted Mar 3, 2011

December 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

September 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

July 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

May 2010

Bret Michaels - Type 1 Diabetes Patient and Celebrity Apprentice Winner

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

comments 0 comments - Posted May 29, 2010

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted May 24, 2010

Jonas Brothers Help Raise $250,000 for Diabetes

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

comments 0 comments - Posted May 22, 2010

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

December 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

October 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

September 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

Olympia Dukakis and Her Husband Tackle Type 2 Together

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

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2009

Behind the Wheel, But Still in Control

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

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 8, 2009

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

July 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

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

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

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

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 117 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 23 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

October 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 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

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

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

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

"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

March 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

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

February 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 1468 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

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

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

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

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

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

January 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

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

September 2006

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

August 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 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

Aida Turturro Puts a Hit Out On Her Diabetes

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

February 2006

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

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

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 8 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

December 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

Scott Dunton
Scott Dunton

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

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

November 2005

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2005

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

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

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2005

October 2005

‘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

April 2005

‘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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2005

March 2005

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

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.”

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

December 2004

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

November 2004

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

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

comments 6 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2004

September 2004

Gary Hall, JR.
Gary Hall, JR.

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2004

August 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

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.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 2004

April 2004

A Chat With Robert Guillaume

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

March 2004

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

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

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 1, 2004

February 2004

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.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2004

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.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2003

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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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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Never a Dull Moment

The hardest part was not the climbing," says Midge Cross, 59, of her attempt to scale Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. "It was the tedium."

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Setting Sail

John Dennis, 58, says that self-monitoring to control his type 2 diabetes comes naturally because he is used to "going it alone." After all, taking care of himself is as much a solo responsibility these days as sailing his 50-foot boat around the world.

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Setting Sail with John Dennis

John Dennis, 58, says that self-monitoring to control his type 2 diabetes comes naturally because he is used to "going it alone." After all, taking care of himself is as much a solo responsibility these days as sailing his 50-foot boat around the world.

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April 2003

ADA President Receives Award

Francine R. Kaufman, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and division head of endocrinology at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, California, was presented with the Woman of Valor Award at a benefit dinner on February 6, 2003.

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December 2002

July 2002

Women Balancing Family and Diabetes

The actions of Dawn Prindall's preschooler brought home to her the importance of diabetes education for people with diabetes and their families.

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May 2002

Heroes With Diabetes

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

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Gary Hall Jr. Brings Home the Medals

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

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University of Miami’s Sievers Is an Upright Guy

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

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Spirit Determination and Courage

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

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Rock On

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

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Go for the Gold

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

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April 2002

Reader Undergoes Stomach Stapling Operation

For the first time in years, I bought something from the Misses Department, not the plus sizes!" exclaims Sue Felton, a woman of 43 who's been battling obesity and type 2 diabetes for the past five years.

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March 2002

Reach For The Sky

Living with diabetes means living in a world of limitations—some imposed by society and some by the disease itself. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, I've spent the last 35 years trying to break free of those limitations.

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February 2002

A Go-Getter

Wanna be an athlete? Wanna be a rock star? Lauran Gangl has done a little bit of both—without letting her type 1 diabetes get in the way.

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My Personal Experience Using the New NovoLog Insulin

As you may be aware, NovoLog (insulin aspart) is the new rapid-acting insulin analog from Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc. On paper, its action is supposed to be similar to Lilly's Humalog (insulin lispro). However, my experience, as well as the experiences of other people I've talked to who are using it in pumps, is very different.

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January 2002

Eva’s Insulin

At 81 years of age, Eva Saxl has a lifetime of rewarding accomplishments behind her—careers as a writer, teacher, philanthropist and lecturer and a history of living with type 1 diabetes for more than 60 years with no complications.

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The Story of Sam and Joan

Sam and Joan were sitting in my office at the hospital outpatient diabetes center. Sam seemed a little bored, and Joan appeared to be anxious. Sam had recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes by his internist, who suggested that he come to our center for specialized treatment and education. Because I use the family approach to diabetes care, Joan was there, too.

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December 2001

The Diabetes Blues

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

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November 2001

A Taste of the Unordinary

I was a 325-pound chef; a cooking machine with rave reviews; a man given to extremes. Then, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Suddenly, I had to change my diet and I was stunned and beside myself with concern. I have always had a lover's quarrel with food, but now I had to search for alternative ingredients that would appease my taste buds while being nutritious and beneficial for a diabetic diet.

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Flying with Sharp Objects

John Hughes of Woodburn, Oregon, had never bothered to get a letter from his doctor stating that he has diabetes and is required to carry sharp-pointed insulin-pump infusion sets, lancets and emergency syringes with him into airplane cabins.

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In Remembrance

The September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C and Pennsylvania are perhaps the single darkest event in the history of the United States.

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October 2001

Adjusting My Insulin

I recently had a drink with 124 grams of carbohydrates, 19 grams of fat and 23 grams of protein in it. It is important to know that two hours prior to this, I rode my bike for one hour and 45 minutes at a moderate-to-high effort. Now I will tell you how I adjusted and administered my insulin to make sure my blood sugar stayed level.

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September 2001

Every Conversation Counts

What's so unusual about the life of Charles Ray III? His story is a simple one—about a man from Raleigh, North Carolina who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 22 years without developing a single complication. Ray maintains consistently low A1c levels (averaging between 6% and 7%) and leads a life of hard work (as an evening-shift cook) and careful play (drinking only non-alcoholic beer).

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August 2001

15,000 Miles and Counting: Type 1 Bicyclist Sees the World

For Marco Meijerink, having type 1 diabetes is a challenge, but it is not his biggest challenge.

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Have Enough Water For Good Heath?

Like many people with diabetes, Gayle Hoover Thorne of Sacramento, California, was led to her type 2 diagnosis by water—or rather, the feeling that she couldn't get enough of it.

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July 2001

Serious Fanfare

"The thrill of victory—the agony of defeat" can play havoc with your blood-glucose levels—even if you're merely cheering for your favorite team.

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Survivor! 79 Years with Type 1 Diabetes Has Not Slowed Down Karl Smith

When Karl Smith was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 1922, he started out on what he calls "starvation" to treat his condition. He stayed on that "treatment regimen" until December 24, 1922.

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Wisdom of the Elders

Karl Smith, a type 1 for 79 of his 85 years, remembers having type 1 diabetes as a child but not having any insulin with which to treat the disease.

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June 2001

Boy’s Father Takes Part in His Diabetes Management

Carlos's HbA1c had been above 10.2% for the last three clinic visits. We were frustrated because he was 16 years old, had a great personality and knew a lot about diabetes management. Every time he came to clinic without his blood-sugar records, he would promise to bring them next time and also promised to get his HbA1c down. It was hard not to believe him because he was such a nice guy.

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‘Don’t Let Diabetes Stop You’

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

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Diagnosis: Control

Carla Elliot liked to keep busy. A bright and outgoing 14-year-old girl, Carla involved herself in as many activities as she could. Whether it was swimming, cheerleading, softball, 4-H club meetings or simply running around the neighborhood, Carla was there.

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April 2001

Control In Motion—Get On Board the “Diabetes Bus”

For Kim Hanchette, MEd, CDE, keeping up with the diabetes Joneses has never been a problem. With the conclusion of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial in 1993, Hanchette says most doctors in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, had come to embrace the concept of self-management. As a CDE at an outpatient clinic there, Hanchette had her work cut out for her, with patients flowing in at a steady stream for classes on nutrition, glucose levels, exercise and medication.

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January 2001

Free Falling
Free Falling

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

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October 2000

Dan Uses His Computer to Improve His BGs

Many of you probably record your blood glucose in a diary or logbook, which you bring to your healthcare team on routine visits. This logbook has been an important component of diabetes treatment programs since the days of Dr. Elliot Joslin (Joslin Diabetes Center), the late pioneering diabetes specialist. Dr. Joslin believed important events in a person's life and diabetes treatment should be entered into a diary that both that person and his health care team could refer back to for treatment decisions.

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July 2000

My Spiritual Journey Toward Better Diabetes Control

I know people sometimes say that developing an illness was both the best and the worst thing to ever happen to them. I used to find it hard, however, to imagine how an illness could be anything but bad.

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June 2000

Famous People With Diabetes

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

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The Diabetes Hall of Fame

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

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He Makes No Excuses—Having Diabetes Has Made Dusty Hubbard a Better Person

I know a young man. He is only 17. He appears to be a typical, everyday, run-of-the-mill teenager. He wears pants that are a size too big. His hair is in a crew cut. He drives a 1986 Nissan pickup with the windows down and the stereo blasting. He winks at the girls while sitting at the red lights and has a charming half-grin when he smiles.

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Kellie Kuehne is One Stroke Ahead of Diabetes

Kellie Kuehne, 23, is in her third year on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. Kuehne (pronounced key-knee), who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10, is a two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

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Gary Hall Training For 2000 Olympics

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

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May 2000

A Mother’s Day Gift

Five years ago, on Mother's Day, Eileen Clarke got a surprise that changed her family's life. Her twin daughters, Kelsey and Kayla, just months old, were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Kelsey started injections that day, and Kayla soon followed. From infancy, Kelsey and Kaylas' lives were given to the realities of needles, lancets, strict meal schedules and healthy foods.

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My System for Good Diabetes Control and Good Eating

Editor's note: Before changing your treatment plan, always advise your physician or health care practitioner.

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March 2000

Jay Leeuwenburg

Jay Leeuwenburg is an imposing, 6-foot, three-inch, 295-pound physical specimen which goes a long way in his field of work as an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL). Even before Leeuwenburg was a teenager, he weighed as much as 170 pounds. At the age of 12, however, he began losing weight at a rapid pace, and eventually whittled away to 130 pounds. Upon seeing a doctor, Leeuwenburg discovered he had type 1 diabetes.

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January 2000

Insulin Pump Liberates Me From Diabetes

Being a 25-year-old woman who has had type 1 diabetes for 20 years, I have had my share of ups and downs.

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December 1999

Jackie Demijohn’s Life After Revolutionary Islet Transplantation

On September 11, 1998, Jackie Warren Demijohn, 42, a domestic violence outreach counselor from Farwell, Michigan, took a monumental leap in controlling the diabetes she had suffered from for the last 37 years. Demijohn underwent the first-ever islet and bone marrow transplant at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in Miami.

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October 1999

Type 2 Man Benefits From Insulin Pump Therapy

In 1993, Ross Adler of Lakewood, Washington, was 58 years old and taking a four-shot-per-day regimen of NPH and Regular insulin for a total of 110 units per day. His HbA1c was 8.4%, and his fasting C-peptide was 3 ng/mL which strongly suggested type 2 diabetes was caused by insulin resistance. Obviously, with such a high HbA1c, his injected insulin was not lowering his blood sugars.

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September 1999

Growing Attached to the Pump: After 51 Years, a Type 1 Switches to the Pump For Tighter Control

Not too long ago, I received a hero's medal from Joslin Diabetes Center for having diabetes for more than 50 years. Now approaching 52 years with diabetes, I'm still going strong. I've had a few complications from diabetes, but nothing that has kept me from leading an active life. The complications I've experienced have made me more determined to maintain my present quality of life.

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July 1999

Catching Up with Miss America—Nicole Johnson Shares her Hints on Good Control

DIABETES HEALTH: Can you give us a typical day for you, in terms of diabetes self-care?

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June 1999

Famous Diabetics

Actors/Directors

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Climber with Diabetes Escapes Near-Death Ordeal

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

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Catching Up with Miss America

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

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February 1999

Insulin Pump Puts Teenager Back on Track

My daughter, Savannah, was diagnosed with diabetes at 9 years of age. At that time, she was put on insulin injections. For at least the first three years, her HbA1cs were in the normal ranges, and we were able to control her diabetes. She started having problems, however, as soon as she got into her teenage years. Her HbA1cs rose to the 8% range, and no matter what we did, nothing helped.

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A 9-Year-Old-Boy Says No To Insulin Shots

Kurt hates shots. Since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 4, my wife and I administered all of his shots, whether he was at home, school or a slumber party. Kurt seemed unusually sensitive to pain. Although Kurt was intelligent enough to draw them up, count carbs and appropriately suggest how to treat highs and lows, he refused to do the shots himself.

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Growing Up With Diabetes—Craig Llyod

The photographer for our injection technique photo essay is Greg Bailey of San Francisco.

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Blind Roper With Diabetes is Back in the Saddle

Jerry Long was 8 years old when he first went to the rodeo in his hometown, Roswell, New Mexico. Almost 50 years later, he's still at it, having won 18 titles, a couple saddles and more belt buckles than anyone could ever use.

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December 1998

Holiday Gifts from the Heart

Tis the season for gift giving. Every year, the kid in me loves to exchange Christmas "wish lists" with my husband, Danny. Year after year, his wish remains that I continue to take good care of my diabetes and stay healthy until he can figure out a way to find the cure. I am always moved by his kindness, partnership and generosity of spirit. This year, I wondered how other families with diabetes feel about holiday gifts. I thought you might enjoy hearing some responses to my question.

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November 1998

Insulin Pump User is Miss America

Five years ago, Nicole Johnson, 24, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after contracting a flu virus. Up until that point, blood glucose management was probably something to which she had never given much thought. She learned that her daily life would be forever altered as a result of the disease.

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September 1998

Using Software as a Learning Tool

Vince Brewerton has had type 1 diabetes for nine years. By using a software program that was compatible with his glucose meter, he was able to learn how to tighten his control. The software allowed him to see how his glucose levels changed throughout the day and, in turn, adjust his insulin doses accordingly.

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July 1998

How to Bridge the Pumpless Gap

Jeremy, who was attending summer football practice, did not want to wear his pump while playing. He had a morning basal rate of 1.0 units (Humalog) per hour. Halfway through practice, he would do a finger stick test. If his glucose was any higher than when he started, he would reconnect to his pump long enough to deliver a 1.0 unit bolus. However, he found this was not working. Practice lasted up to four hours and his afternoon glucose levels were frequently high.

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Entering the Unknown-A Father's Reflection on Diabetes

There are few feelings as potent or deep as the love we hold for our children. Their playful innocence reaches into our hearts, past many adult concerns and preoccupations, and reminds us about simplicity. A toothless smile, the infectious laughter from a tickle, a clinging hug - simple, yet profound reminders of what is truly important. Our children change us from the inside out, if we let them. Yet I have never liked drastic change. I prefer slow, predictable adjustment. But neither slow nor predictable characterized the type of change I experienced in the summer of 1990.

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June 1998

Perseverance Pays: Certificate of Achievement Awards Long-Term Diabetics

Sixty-seven-year-old Gerald Lundstrom thinks it's his hearty Swedish stock that has something to do with his good health after fifty years of diabetes.

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May 1998

Ms. Hoover Goes to Washington

Ever wonder what goes on behind the political machinery of our Nation's Capitol? How exactly do our congresspeople find out what's really important to people with diabetes? Patient advocate and long-time DIABETES HEALTH contributor Joan Hoover found out firsthand when she was recently invited to Washington, D.C., for the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing on diabetes research. Here is her personal account of that meeting.

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April 1998

Insulin Overdose: A Mom Accidentally Gives Way Too Much Insulin To Her Son

Every time I draw up an insulin shot for my son Joey I am acutely aware of what could happen if the immediate future does not proceed as I expect. Most of the time the problems that arise are not the result of anything Joey or I have consciously done, but rather are the fault of circumstance, i.e., a meal is not delivered on time, an unexpected phone call is received or a car breaks down after an insulin injection has been given. Unforeseen events like these can usually be remedied by carrying supplies of sugar and insulin. But recently I experienced an unpredictable event that had dangerous consequences.

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February 1998

Profile, Arthur Teuscher, MD

Arthur Teuscher, MD, has been committed to providing quality diabetes care for many years and has truly international experience in the field. He attended medical school at the University of Berne and the University Paris. He did his residency at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston in the early fifties.

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January 1998

Getting Along Swimmingly, Diabetes Hero, Scott Coleman, Swims

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

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September 1997

Exercise Changed My Life—An Interview with Laura Greenfield, Diabetic and Personal Fitness Trainer

Laura Greenfield has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 18 years. When told by health professionals that exercise would help her control BGs she tried it. Unfortunately, Laura discovered that exercise is a tricky balancing act and not simply a matter of physical exertion. At first, she found it made it even more difficult to maintain stable BG levels.

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August 1997

How to Reach Out?

I developed diabetes at age four. Since having the disease I have been fearful. Not fearful of the ravages of diabetic complications, nor the endless medical tests and incompetent residents; but fearful of rejection due to my diabetes.

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July 1997

Tragedy Strikes a Young Man with Diabetes

Adam Greiner's story as told to DIABETES HEALTH by his mother, Barbara Greiner-Read, RN, CDE from the Valley Health System in Hemet, Calif.

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April 1997

Driving on Empty: How Changing a Tire Can Lower Blood Sugar

During a recent trip to visit my sister and brother-in-law I hit a piece of metal on the interstate and my front left tire was ruined. Changing the tire wasn't a difficult process, but it used energy that was not accounted for in my calculations of exercise, insulin and food intake.

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February 1997

Overcoming All Odds

Bill King was training for the Philadelphia marathon when he noticed that no matter how much he drank, he had an inexhaustible thirst. He was easily fatigued and had to go to the bathroom constantly. He had been running and training hard since the age of 17 as a competitive runner. Yet, at 24, it suddenly seemed like everything he had worked for was slipping through his fingers due to this mysterious illness.

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October 1996

Fast-Acting Insulin — Is Humalog for Everyone?

Like many people with diabetes, Ted Wright doesn't always wait 30-40 minutes to eat after injecting his regular insulin.

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September 1996

Diet Debacle — Low Carb Diet Helps

There came a point in Evelyn Narad's life when she knew it was time to get serious about losing weight. She was 75 years old and had been diagnosed with type II diabetes 22 years ago. A broken shoulder and hand in the summer of 1995 kept her from exercising, and every inactive day she spent inside her house seemed like another pound gained.

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August 1996

Finding Freedom Hooked On The Pump

Diabetes has affected my life since before I was born. You see, my father was diagnosed with diabetes in his early teen years. By the time I was born, chronic high blood sugars had done their devastating damage to him-he was nearly blind and in the advanced stages of diabetic kidney disease. He died of the latter complication when he was just over 30 years old. I was nearly 3 at the time and my older brother was five. My mother was left to raise us alone, and developed good deal of anger at the disease. I know many of us share that anger towards diabetes and how it has affected our lives.

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Volunteer Vouches For New Insulin, Lispro Helps Solve Insulin Resistance/Insulin Antibody Problem

Until recently, 21-year-old Don Fitzreiter didn't have any problems with his diabetes.

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Leaping Over the Diabetes Hurdle, Athletes Maintain their Blood Sugars Under Extreme Conditions

The first recipients of the Lifescan Prize for athletic achievement were announced at the 1996 International Diabetic Athletes Association (IDAA) Conference held in Tempe, Arizona, March 31 - April 3. This year the $20,000 prize was split three ways by Pratt Rather, Klaudia Birkner and Erick Gonzalez Fritsche, each earning over $6,000 toward equipment and training.

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April 1996

A New Pumper In The Country: "My Life Is Mine Again!"

In 1993 Terri Hopkins was diagnosed with diabetes and placed on insulin. Until only recently, Terri was miserable. Not only was she trying to accept her diabetes (a process that took about two years), but she gained weight. Her blood glucose levels averaged 260 mg/dl, and with an A1c of 9.8, she realized that she would never feel comfortable about having a baby.

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February 1996

How One Woman Learned To Live With Diabetes

In August 1992 I was taking life for granted and having a great time. I was especially elated because I had lost weight, dropping from 135 to 113 pounds.

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January 1996

Fettucine Or Family Harmony? The Choice Was Clear

In her subtle way, my wife Maria suggests that I began to "fall apart" after we married. The inference being that I kept the lid on damaged goods to win her hand. "Coincidence," I tell her.

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December 1995

Adventure Of A Lifetime

You reach a point in your life when it's time to set an awesome goal for yourself. I was at that point when I saw an ad for the California AIDS Ride 2, a seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. They called it "the adventure of a lifetime," and they were right!

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Surfing The Wind

One day Don Brennen was windsurfing near the San Francisco Airport. The sport is a strenuous one, and when he began to lose his balance and feel disoriented, Brennen blamed it on the exertion combined with fumes from the airport. Luckily, he made it back to the beach and began to feel better.

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September 1995

One Small Step For Mankind

As you know, there is much to diabetes beyond what transpires within the doctor's office. My life, the past 30 years, has included nearly all facets of diabetes-from the purely medical to the organizational, financial, political, research and international aspects of diabetes- but always with an eye on the need to rid ourselves of the scourge itself.

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Couch Potato Turns Exercise Spokesperson: What Makes Him Do It?

He looks a little like NBA player Charles Barkley, but Charles Ray III is another kind of star.

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Some Days He Takes No Insulin

The transplantation of pancreatic islet cells is the only known potential cure for type I diabetes, and in spite of many promising results in animal studies, it remains a highly experimental and costly operation for humans. In January 1994, DIABETES HEALTH spoke to Steven Craig, the first person to receive encapsulated islet cell transplants.

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August 1995

The Open Forum: A Hypo From Hell And Help From On-Line

I suppose it happens at least once in the life of a type I DM'er. After almost nine years, I had my first *BAD* hypo.

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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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June 1995

Education is Important — Despite ‘Welcoming’ the Disease, UCSF course helps halve insulin dose

I suppose the story begins when I first developed the symptoms of diabetes, at age 35.

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April 1995

Dunlap, Medi-Jector: Trekking to the Future

Captain's Log, Stardate 43015.283.

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The Open Forum: Pumps are Not Miracle Machines

After three months on the pump, I may have my basal rate close to being set. This comes just in time to begin a new physical labor job in a week or so and refigure the whole dang process.

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Leading A 'Balanced' Life With Diabetes is Possible

Intensive Management? Tight control? Those words are pretty daunting. I don't think you have to be a teenager to rebel against the idea of tight control.

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March 1995

Diabetic Complications From The Patient’s Point Of View

Diabetic complications are usually listed as the five horrors: blindness, kidney disease, neuropathy, heart attack, and amputation.

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February 1995

The Open Forum: Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

It appears that I am an atypical diabetic. I am a type 2 who was not obese at the time of diagnosis at age 44. In addition, I wound up on insulin within six months of diagnosis, after I had made a good faith effort to maintain my blood sugars with diet, exercise, and oral medications.

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No Mountain Too High for Bill Bicksler—Type 1 Diabetes

They say there are two types of people in this world; Those who go around obstacles and those who just go right over them.

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August 1994

Q & A Answer About Weight Training And Diabetes?

Q: I am going on 58 years old and have had diabetes since 1980. Initially I weighed 127 at 5' 8". I was unusual in that I was not overweight. The first 8 years my control was micronase and jogging with poor results, including 11 pounds of weight and muscle loss, and for the last six have been on insulin. I am now on regular before meals and ultra lente at bedtime. For the last four years I've been on a 3 day weekly weight lifting and cardio program at Gold's gym. By 1993 I had gained 29 pounds with much of that being muscle. A diet change to more vegetarian brought me to my present 136. Until last October I was completely debilitated after exercise to the point I would have to take a nap and felt like I was hit by a truck. In October, with a new trainer, I decreased my weights and started doing the same routine each day, with a new cardio routine, actually more strenuous in part. My routine is 12 minutes on the Gauntlet, and 13 on the treadmill, and 1 1/2 hours weight lifting.

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February 1994

Diabetes and Discrimination:

Diabetes is commonly misunderstood as a debilitating condition that may prohibit us from being able to work, exercise, travel, or live full, productive lives. This kind of misinformation is often the source of wrongful discrimination.

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July 1993

Reactions from Study Participants

In an effort to report on all sides of the DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial), we interviewed eleven of the participants about their experiences; four on conventional therapy, four on multiple injections, and three on the pump. Here are excerpts from our interviews with them. It is interesting to note that whenever someone from the conventional therapy group became pregnant, she was transferred to one of the intensive therapies for the duration of the pregnancy.

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DCCT Study Participants Share Reactions

For the last ten years the DCCT has been a big part of the participants' lives, affecting everything from what they eat to how they control their diabetes. The study is over now; the doctors have proven the effectiveness of intensive therapy, they have told us that tight control is the new standard in diabetes care. But they have not told us what the new therapies are like and how they affect our day to day life. For that we must talk to the participants themselves. We contacted eleven of the patients for their insights on the study and the therapies they used.

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June 1993

Pat Gallagher Interviews Rock Singer Brett Michaels

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

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December 1992

Diabetes at 20,000 Feet & Falling

Why should having diabetes undermine any of your lifelong goals or ambitions? Take Dennis Testoni for an example of someone who hasn't allowed his diabetes to impose barriers on his life. Ever since he was a kid, Dennis wanted to skydive. Even after being diagnosed with type I diabetes in 1967 when he was thirteen, Dennis never lost sight of his goal.

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November 1992

Taking Your Diabetes Seriously

In his editorial in the Summer '92 edition, Scott King, prompted by my article "Islet Cell Research-Putting the Cart Before the Horse?," stated that he was pushing forward with the confidence that he wouldn't lose his life to diabetes. I fervently wish that to be so. It is a wish that I have for all who must live with diabetes, and we are working toward that end.

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September 1991

The Pump: It Changed Their Lives

Tamara Norris and Cyndie Flores are insulin pump users who started their own business selling pump accesories. In talking with DIABETES HEALTH, Tamara and Cyndie discuss their first experiences using the insulin pump, and their decision to go into business.

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A Life with Diabetes

Having diabetes can produce a whole series of feelings and emotions. Examining these "emotional aspects" will help us take care of ourselves both psychologically and physically. In this column, Daryn Stier addresses some of the issues that often arise among people with diabetes and their family and friends.

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