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October 2012

Lantus and Levemir: What's the Difference?

Lantus and Levemir have a lot in common. Both are basal insulin formulas, which means that they last for a long time in the body and act as background insulin, with a slow feed that mimics the constant low output of insulin produced by a healthy pancreas.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 7, 2012

April 2011

Profiles in Type 1: Kent David

Kent David is a 47-year-old licensed civil engineer who has had type 1 diabetes since 1981. This is Kent's diabetes story in his own words.

comments 5 comments - Posted Apr 29, 2011

April 2010

Ask Nadia!

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

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2010

May 2009

Tips and Solutions for Diabetic Retinopathy and Low Vision

"I think I'm the only blind principal in Los Angeles," stated Connie Gibson after she developed diabetic retinopathy, which later led to sudden vision loss after complications from laser surgery. Now age 59, Gibson is currently legally blind, but has been able to move forward with her life. She continues working and living an active lifestyle despite her disability.

comments 5 comments - Posted May 6, 2009

April 2009

Eating Like an Ironman

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

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 30, 2009

Connect with Diabetes Health on Facebook and More!

Diabetes Health has joined the social networking sphere. Join us as a fan on Facebook, talk to us on Twitter, and subscribe to our RSS feed. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Nadia Al-Samarrie wants to hear your thoughts and she'll be reading what you have to say with great interest.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 28, 2009

Grandparents Play an Important Role in Coping with Diabetes

Two-and-a-half years ago, my seven-year-old granddaughter, Liliana, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In less than a day, I was on an airplane to Portland so that I could be there to support my daughter and son-in-law.  The week that followed was a heart-wrenching experience for all of us.  I stayed with Liliana as much as possible so that her parents could go through extensive education and instruction on what would be in store for them.  I wanted to learn more about type 1, but I felt that there was time for that.  It was more important that they became the experts, and I became the shoulder on which to lean.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2009

Sex and Diabetes

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

comments 9 comments - Posted Apr 14, 2009

OneTouch Teams up with Consumer Advocate to Offers Tips on Maintaining Your Health in Tough Economic Times

The majority of U.S. adults are worried about being able to afford medical care and prescription medications.1  In addition, a recent study reveals that one in seven children and working-age Americans went without needed prescription medications in 2007 due to cost concerns, up from one in 10 in 2003.  Experts predict these statistics are likely to get worse in 2009, and this could present even greater hardships for those Americans with chronic conditions such as diabetes.2

comments 3 comments - Posted Apr 3, 2009

March 2009

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

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

comments 10 comments - Posted Mar 26, 2009

Today is American Diabetes Alert Day!

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Why not find out today whether you or your loved ones are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Take our easy Diabetes Risk Assessment test to estimate your risk of having diabetes by collecting information about your BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, etc.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 24, 2009

Insulin For Type 2 Diabetes: Who, When, And Why?

Physicians who treat people with type 2 diabetes face difficult choices when selecting the best medical therapy for each patient. The decision process is further complicated by the fact that because type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, therapeutic agents that were initially successful may fail five or ten years later.

comments 159 comments - Posted Mar 20, 2009

February 2009

Sample Request for CGM Insurance Coverage

We recently published an article about how you can avoid losing money in insurance claims. The article gave helpful hints on how to deal with your insurance company including an sample appeals letter. We promised to publish in the near future a sample CGM appeals letter. Here they are!

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 27, 2009

Medical ID Bracelets: The $15 Lifesavers

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

comments 12 comments - Posted Feb 24, 2009

A Kit Full of Help for Families of Kids Newly Diagnosed With Type 1

Sanofi-aventis U.S. and Children with Diabetes have announced the arrival of a multimedia resource, called the KidCare Kit, which gives families the tools and information they need to get through the challenging first 30 days after a diagnosis of type 1.  

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 18, 2009

Show Me the Love

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

comments 4 comments - Posted Feb 9, 2009

Noncompliance Versus Diabetes Self Care: Are We Still Playing a Blame Game?

Back in 1993, I published an article titled "Is Noncompliance a Dirty Word?" in which I expressed sadness that people with diabetes were being blamed by their healthcare providers for not following treatment advice (1). I suggested that the patient's "failure" might really be a failure of the partnership (or lack thereof) between patient and provider.  Fifteen long years ago, I challenged diabetes educators to work with medical practitioners to change noncompliance from a dirty word to a rare occurrence. So, how are we doing today?

comments 21 comments - Posted Feb 3, 2009

January 2009

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

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

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 27, 2009

What Is Diabetes?

You've been diagnosed with diabetes because there is too much glucose (a kind of sugar) in your blood. 

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 16, 2009

Read Diabetes Health in Spanish and Dozens of Other Languages!

Now you can read Diabetes Health in over 30 languages! Look for the Google Translate button in the left-hand navigational column on any of our pages. You can translate the text on the page by clicking the language of your choice in the drop-down menu.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 13, 2009

December 2008

Resolve and Evolve!

Here at Diabetes Health, we've learned the hard way that specific resolutions are the way to go. General plans like "I'll watch my weight" or "I'll check my blood glucose more often" tend to be less successful than the more specific: "I'll eat x number of carbs each meal" and "I'll check my BG before and after every meal." 

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2008

Famous People With Diabetes
Famous People With Diabetes

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

comments 46 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2008

A CDE’s Tips for Surviving the Holidays if You Have Diabetes
A CDE’s Tips for Surviving the Holidays if You Have Diabetes

Are you ready to celebrate the holidays? How many festivities are on your calendar this season? It’s time to navigate the minefield of situations that can throw your diabetes off course and send a joyous occasion into the dumps.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2008

The Joke’s on You: Laugh Yourself Healthier
The Joke’s on You: Laugh Yourself Healthier

A doctor is trying to get his patient, an overweight man with diabetes, to lose some weight. "I want you to eat what you always do for two days, then skip a day, then repeat this for two weeks. When you come back, you should have lost five pounds." A month later when the patient returns, he's lost 20 pounds. The doctor is amazed. "Was it hard to follow my instructions?" he asks. "Well, on the third day, I thought I'd die," the man replied. The doctor nodded. "From hunger? " "No," the man replied, "From the skipping."

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 8, 2008

Are You an Athlete with Diabetes? Then You Need This Book! (Part 2)

Last week we published an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Sheri Colberg's revised, updated, and expanded version of her 2001 book, Diabetic Athlete's Handbook: Your Guide to Peak Performance. Dr. Colberg has a PhD in exercise physiology, is a Diabetes Health board member, and is herself an athlete with diabetes. Her book draws upon the experiences of hundreds of athletes with diabetes to provide the best advice for exercisers with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

November 2008

Facing the (Food and Fitness) Facts: 11 Myth-Busters to Help You Take Charge of the One Thing You Can Control These Days

No doubt about it: Most of us have never felt less in control of our destinies. The stock market is bottoming out and no one knows what to do about it. Jobs are down, food prices are up, and who knows what's going on with gas. To make things even more expensive, the holidays are upon us. Mix all these factors together, and you have a recipe for runaway stress and anxiety. But there is one thing you can control: your body weight. That's right. Now is the time to get fit, lose any extra pounds that might be hanging around, and develop the habits that will keep your weight at a healthful level over the long term. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 24, 2008

Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Young Athlete
Hard Work and Determination Pay Off for Young Athlete

I'll never forget the afternoon of January 22, 2003. I was just leaving my classroom when my phone lit up, alerting me to a new voicemail. My heart stopped when I listened to the message. It was my son's pediatrician, asking me to call him back as soon as possible.  

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2008

Thinking of Kids? Here’s Some Tips for Handling Pregnancy & Diabetes
Thinking of Kids? Here’s Some Tips for Handling Pregnancy & Diabetes

Becoming pregnant for the first time can be overwhelming for any woman, especially if that woman has diabetes. When my husband and I decided we were ready to have children, the first thing I did was make an appointment with my endocrinologist. Diagnosed when I was fourteen, I've had type 1 diabetes for twenty-four years. My doctor explained that I would need to be in tight control for three months before I could even think about babies, so I got right to work. Learning everything I could about diabetes and pregnancy, I was pleased to discover that with education, support, and practice, a woman with diabetes has every opportunity for a healthy pregnancy.

comments 7 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2008

Living with Diabetes: The Journey From Type 1 Diagnosis To Stability Is Rough
Living with Diabetes: The Journey From Type 1 Diagnosis To Stability Is Rough

I have been reading a lot about diabetes on the Internet ever since I was diagnosed less than a year ago, and I wanted to share my experiences.

comments 8 comments - Posted Nov 10, 2008

July 2008

New Consumer Guide in Spanish Helps Type 2s Compare Diabetes Drugs

A new Spanish language consumer guide to type 2 diabetes, called “Pastillas para la diabetes tipo 2,” has been released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The guide provides information on how to control type 2 and includes comparisons of oral medications. AHRQ data show that nearly one in eight Hispanics takes a prescription drug for diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 25, 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

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

June 2008

Looking to Participate in a Clinical Trial? Here Are Some Good Sites to Explore
Looking to Participate in a Clinical Trial? Here Are Some Good Sites to Explore

Clinical trials have been a staple of diabetes research ever since 1922, when doctors in a Toronto hospital injected a young boy dying from the disease with pancreatic extracts. (The extracts contained the recently discovered hormone, insulin. The boy survived and lived another 13 years.)

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2008

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

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

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

EatSmart Scale Lives Up to Its Name
EatSmart Scale Lives Up to Its Name

When you have diabetes, you make the acquaintance of a lot of high-tech tools to help you manage it: monitors, meters and pumps. One very handy tool that sometimes gets overlooked is a digital scale for weighing and analyzing the nutritional content of food.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

Watch Out for Aftershocks
Watch Out for Aftershocks

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

comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2008

May 2008

Diabetes Education Means Fewer Hospital Trips
Diabetes Education Means Fewer Hospital Trips

Diabetes classes or visits to a nutritionist by patients with diabetes are associated with lower hospitalization rates and reductions in medical costs, according to findings published in Diabetes Care.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 30, 2008

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

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

comments 1 comment - Posted May 30, 2008

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

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

comments 6 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

Sweeter (and Better) Than Sugar? Two doctors take a close look at artificial sweeteners
Sweeter (and Better) Than Sugar? Two doctors take a close look at artificial sweeteners

Most people are aware of the health hazards that come with sugar consumption. Still, sugar restriction is difficult for our generation, which has developed a strong sweet tooth. However, for those who want to or must limit sugar, there is an extensive variety of sugar substitutes on the market.

comments 21 comments - Posted May 1, 2008

April 2008

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

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

comments 28 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

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

Discuss This With Your Opthamologist: Study Finds Retinopathy Doubles Heart Risk
Discuss This With Your Opthamologist: Study Finds Retinopathy Doubles Heart Risk

Here is a troubling finding that you will want to discuss with your opthamologist and cardiologist: Type 2 diabetics who already have retinopathy when they are diagnosed are 2.5 times more likely to develop heart failure than type 2’s who are diagnosed without it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2008

March 2008

New Home Kidney Dialysis Options Offer Hope for a Better Life
New Home Kidney Dialysis Options Offer Hope for a Better Life

“You need dialysis” are words nobody wants to hear. But today kidney failure doesn’t have to mean driving to and from a clinic three times a week and having a lesser quality of life. Hemodialysis (HD) can safely be done in the privacy of your home in two new ways: daily and nocturnal home HD, both of which can help you feel better and live longer.

comments 6 comments - Posted Mar 19, 2008

Texas Podiatrist Draws Big Funding in His Efforts To Help People Understand the Diabetic Foot
Texas Podiatrist Draws Big Funding in His Efforts To Help People Understand the Diabetic Foot

Lawrence Lavery, DPM, podiatrist at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, clearly understands the diabetic foot.  

comments 3 comments - Posted Mar 19, 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

Weekly Diabetes Health Factoids

This Week’s Diabetes Health Factoids
Number of U.S. Adults Diagnosed With Diabetes:
15.1 million

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 18, 2008

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Foot Amputation
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Foot Amputation

A Diabetes Health advisory board member offers advice on how to treat your feet well and avoid wounds and infections that could lead to amputation. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 7, 2008

A New Paradigm for Eating Foods With a Low Glycemic Impact

What is the secret of effective weight management? When a person develops type 2 diabetes, this is a critical question. Losing weight is one of the most successful ways of dealing with this disorder. This is the challenge that I faced when I diagnosed as diabetic about 15 years ago. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 6, 2008

The Link Between Alcohol and Blood Pressure Is Greater Than Previously Thought, Says U.K. University Study

Previous observational studies have reported that heavy alcohol intake is a risk factor for hypertension. But such studies may be confounded by factors such as diet, smoking, exercise levels and socio-economic position. Clinical trials exploring the link are difficult to implement and have limited follow-up time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 5, 2008

Infrared Light Therapy Is No Better Than a Placebo for Treating Neuropathy

Texas researchers says that an infrared light therapy that seemed to hold great promise in treating diabetic neuropathy works no better than “sham” (placebo) therapy.

comments 9 comments - Posted Mar 5, 2008

January 2008

Fingers Still Crossed - Because We Still Want a Non-Invasive Meter
Fingers Still Crossed - Because We Still Want a Non-Invasive Meter

"It feels like you accidentally pricked yourself with a pin, only it's not accidental and you have to do it over and over again in the same areas."

comments 35 comments - Posted Jan 18, 2008

Stress and Staying Alive
Stress and Staying Alive

You and everybody else alive encounter stress, daily, hourly and minute by minute. As unavoidable, inscrutable, and sometimes as aggressive as the IRS, stress is part of the human condition. It is not just a sense of being tense but is any event that causes a complex physiologic response called the "stress response."

comments 4 comments - Posted Jan 3, 2008

December 2007

Bayer Recalls Test Strips After False Readings

Bayer Diabetes Care has recalled 230,000 bottles of Contour TS test strips after finding that the strips resulted in blood glucose readings 5 to 17 percent higher than actual levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2007

Conversation Maps Generate Healthy Conversation about Diabetes
Conversation Maps Generate Healthy Conversation about Diabetes

Conversation Maps look like a set of very large and colorful children's placemats. Three feet wide and five feet long, each map is covered with a kids-book-style landscape painting illustrating one of five topics:

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 16, 2007

"I Just Injected 46 Units of the Wrong Insulin!"

I have lived with type 2 diabetes for thirteen years, and I know very well how to take care of myself. In fact, I have it down to a routine. The flaw of a routine activity, however, is that it is so very routine: you go through the motions without thinking. And that, as I learned to my deep chagrin, can be dangerous.

comments 44 comments - Posted Dec 6, 2007

November 2007

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 30, 2007

Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide
Our 5th Annual Product Reference Guide

Over the course of the year, we meticulously update all our charts to bring you the most accurate information about hundreds of products, services, and medications. Now we've gathered every one of those charts, from humble lancets to sophisticated continuous glucose monitors, into one handy place.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 26, 2007

Our Healthcare System:  Too Broke to Fix?
Our Healthcare System: Too Broke to Fix?

According to a May 2007 CNN opinion poll, 64 percent of us think that our government should provide a national health insurance program for all Americans, even if it would require higher taxes. So what's in the works?

comments 15 comments - Posted Nov 21, 2007

November 14 is Diabetes Day. Wouldn't it be nice not to need one?

As you may know, November is Diabetes Month and today is Diabetes Day, at least in New York City. The day kicks off in front of the United Nations, and even the Empire State Building will be bathed in blue light, the official diabetes color, to honor the occasion. As much as I love it that we now have our own month and day, I'm thinking: wouldn't it be nicer if we didn't need one?

comments 3 comments - Posted Nov 14, 2007

Managing Your Diabetes During a Natural Disaster
Managing Your Diabetes During a Natural Disaster

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and fires strike fast, creating challenges that can be especially difficult for people with diabetes.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 9, 2007

A Time For Reflection: National Diabetes Month and International Diabetes Day
A Time For Reflection: National Diabetes Month and International Diabetes Day

Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and another 54 million people are knocking at that door. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the nation and may well be the most serious health problem facing America today. Nevertheless, the public doesn't seem to grasp the gravity of the situation, at least not like they did with polio, for instance, or AIDS.

comments 7 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2007

October 2007

My Pride Alert Bracelet
My Pride Alert Bracelet

Just between you and me, in all my years with diabetes (thirty-five and a half to be exact) I've never worn a medic alert bracelet. While I'm no fashionista, I don't like the way they look, and I don't like the reference I make in my head - "damaged goods." Then, too, just to be clear, I've never (yet) had an incident where I needed one.

comments 3 comments - Posted Oct 4, 2007

September 2007

Have Type 2 Diabetes? You're Likely to Have Sleep Apnea Too
Have Type 2 Diabetes? You're Likely to Have Sleep Apnea Too

In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the upper airway narrows or collapses during sleep, cutting off breathing. People with OSA may be aroused hundreds of times each night, just enough to start breathing again.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 30, 2007

What's Afoot in Creams and Lotions, Salves and Potions
What's Afoot in Creams and Lotions, Salves and Potions

For people without diabetes, fancy skin cream is often a sheer indulgence. For people with diabetes, however, it's a far more serious matter.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 19, 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

Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A Major Advance in Blood Sugar Control
Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A Major Advance in Blood Sugar Control

Life in the trenches with type 1 diabetes is challenging. Unpredictable blood sugars can leave a person with diabetes (PWD) feeling frustrated and helpless. The acute toxic effects of abnormal blood sugars also contribute to depression, anxiety, irritability, and food cravings.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 9, 2007

August 2007

Save A Few Billion: Buy Generic Drugs

Americans spend 275 billion dollars on prescription medicines every single year, sixty percent of it on generics. But in the next five years, the twenty-year patents are going to expire on enough brand-name medicines to account for about 60 billion dollars of that total. And the generics that spring up to replace those drugs will be thirty to eighty percent cheaper.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 26, 2007

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

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

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 24, 2007

Diabetes Health TV Is Off and Running: Three New Live Shows Coming Right Up
Diabetes Health TV Is Off and Running: Three New Live Shows Coming Right Up

You may as well get into the habit of tuning in to Diabetes Health TV at noon Pacific time, because we're rolling out new shows at a rapid clip.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2007

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 16, 2007

July 2007

Lilly, IDF and ADA announce U.S. launch of
Lilly, IDF and ADA announce U.S. launch of "Inspired by Diabetes" Creative Expression Competition

Chicago - Eli Lilly and Company, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) today announced the U.S. launch of the Inspired by Diabetes Creative Expression Competition, a global and national contest asking people with diabetes, as well as their family and friends, to express how diabetes has had an impact on their lives - and share those stories with others around the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 27, 2007

This Month's Charts: Fast-Acting Glucose, Syringes, Pen Needles and Lancing Devices
This Month's Charts: Fast-Acting Glucose, Syringes, Pen Needles and Lancing Devices

This issue, we lay out the many devices with which diabetic people must poke themselves: syringes, pen needles, and lancing devices. And we top them off with a sprinkling of sugar: a chart outlining all the sources of fast-acting glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 26, 2007

The Diabetes Travel Guide
The Diabetes Travel Guide

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 22, 2007

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

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 20, 2007

Beaded Daisy Makes A Daisy of an ID Bracelet
Beaded Daisy Makes A Daisy of an ID Bracelet

Beaded Daisy owner Regan King, who has two kids with diabetes, started her company when her ten-year-old son couldn't find a non-traditional medical ID that he liked. Beaded Daisy makes medical ID bracelets and necklaces to fill that need at affordable prices.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 19, 2007

Lantus and Levemir: What's the Difference?

Lantus and Levemir have a lot in common. Both are basal insulin formulas, which means that they last for a long time in the body and act as background insulin, with a slow feed that mimics the constant low output of insulin produced by a healthy pancreas.

comments 117 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2007

Presto Chango! The A1c Is Being Transformed Into The AG

An A1c assesses glycated hemoglobin; that is, it tells you how many of your red blood cells have glucose stuck to them. The higher the percentage of hemoglobin cells that are sugared up, the higher your average BGs were over the preceding three months.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 16, 2007

Are You and Your Diabetes Ready for a Hospital Stay?

You have made a point of checking your blood glucose and getting your annual eye and foot checkups. You track your blood cholesterol and blood pressure. But now the pain in your hip is unbearable and interfering with your walking program, so your doctor suggests hip surgery. You will be admitted to the hospital for hip surgery, not diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 9, 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 1469 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

OneTouch® Meter Upgrade Offered To OneTouch® Users At No Charge
OneTouch® Meter Upgrade Offered To OneTouch® Users At No Charge

Milpitas, CA, March 30, 2007 – LifeScan, Inc., maker of OneTouch® Brand Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems, is offering customers that own one of several models of OneTouch Brand Systems a no-charge meter upgrade to one of the company's latest, most innovative meters.(1)

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2007

Most Americans Clueless About Diabetes
Most Americans Clueless About Diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes and feel like the rest of the world doesn’t have an inkling about your disease, you’re right. According to a nationwide survey, nearly eighty percent of Americans don’t know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2007

Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education
Mr. Universe's Police Run-In Becomes a Force for Education

The story of Doug Burns’ arrest during a low blood sugar episode has generated a lot of comments from the diabetes community. How did it happen, why did it happen, and how could it have been handled differently?

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 19, 2007

March 2007

Have your say!
Have your say!

Diabetes Health continues to roll out exciting changes to our newly redesigned website. All articles now have a comments field where you can speak your mind. If you choose to register as a Diabetes Health community member, your comments will post immediately, allowing you to interact with other members of the Diabetes Health community in real time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 29, 2007

Diabetes Health Launches New Web Site
Diabetes Health Launches New Web Site

Approximately a million people a day look to the Internet for answers about diabetes. Now Diabetes Health, a long-time leader in patient advocacy through Diabetes Health magazine, has launched the best site on the web for finding those answers.

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February 2007

National Foundation For Infectious Diseases Urges Increased Influenza Vaccination Rates For Persons With Diabetes

BETHESDA, MD - February 21, 2007 - The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is calling for the medical and public health community to increase alarmingly low influenza vaccination rates among persons with diabetes – the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 23, 2007

November 2006

Introducing the Diabetes Health magazine Digital Advantage

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 16, 2006

September 2006

Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea

Ron Mason was a workaholic. He spent six, sometimes seven days a week crafting and installing high-quality cabinets and furniture in and around Santa Cruz, California, where he owned and managed a small, homegrown woodworking business. Mason, who describes his product as “high-end, low-volume,” said that for a number of years, putting in a 70-hour workweek was not atypical—it was merely life as usual.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

July 2006

Tai Chi: An Effective Alternative Exercise
Tai Chi: An Effective Alternative Exercise

If the usual no-pain no-gain kinds of exercise don’t appeal to you, practicing the martial art known as tai chi (or qigong) may be the perfect alternative.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Coping With Gushers and Other Incidents
Coping With Gushers and Other Incidents

Jane complains of a burning pain at the abdominal insertion site as soon as the cannula is inserted. It doesn’t subside, so she removes the set and re-inserts at a new location.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 1, 2006

April 2006

What Pump Users Should Know About Pramlintide
What Pump Users Should Know About Pramlintide

Pramlintide (Symlin) is a synthetic amylin analogue. First described in 1987, amylin is a neuroendocrine hormone produced by beta cells, which also produce insulin. This hormone is absent in type 1 diabetes and decreased in type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

January 2006

21 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes: Another 41 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes

Just when we got used to saying that 18 million Americans have diabetes, the number has gone up three million since 2002.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

Intensive Control Plus Nicotinamide Improves Control in Newly Diagnosed Type 1s

For people who have been newly diagnosed with type 1, Italian researchers suggest that intensive insulin therapy (ITT) coupled with nicotinamide for two years improves metabolic control.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

July 2005

Stress Management for People With Diabetes
Stress Management for People With Diabetes

Stress, anxiety, burnout—whatever you choose to call it, it’s clear that Americans have it.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2005

April 2005

Belly Busters for Beginners

The following exercises are designed to gradually increase the strength of your abdominal muscles. These exercises are meant to complement the back exercises we presented in the January 2005 On the Go column (“Preventing a Pain in the Back”), with the intention of developing a total training program for the core body. The core muscles include the muscles of the abdomen and lower back, which are responsible in part for good back and spine health.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 1, 2005

Residential Program Gets Newly Diagnosed Kids Off To A Good Start
Residential Program Gets Newly Diagnosed Kids Off To A Good Start

As soon as a child is diagnosed with diabetes, there are an almost overwhelming number of things that must be done:

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2005

January 2005

Why It's Important For All Newcomers with Diabetes to Come Out of the Closet!
Why It's Important For All Newcomers with Diabetes to Come Out of the Closet!

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15, I had no idea of what was happening to me or what the future would hold.

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December 2004

Developing a Diabetes Warranty Program
Developing a Diabetes Warranty Program

One of the most powerful and simple methods to take control of your diabetes is to follow a “diabetes warranty program.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2004

November 2004

Fast and Fabulous 40-Minute Total-Body Training

Before starting any exercise regimen, please consult with your diabetes care professionals.

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June 2004

Newly Diagnosed and Established Diabetics at Risk

A Swedish study showed that there is an increase in preclinical atherosclerotic changes and increased inflammation in men with newly diagnosed diabetes as well as in men with established diabetes, when compared with healthy control subjects.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

Getting Started

If you’ve never lifted weights before, you may be intimidated by the idea. Here are some manageable and inexpensive ways to start doing resistance exercise without joining a gym.

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April 2003

Yoga for You

A healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise, is important in the fight against diabetes. Yoga can complement such a lifestyle and help to keep diabetes under control.

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February 2003

Whats Your Type?

Q: I was wondering whether you could have someone discuss "type 1.5."

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May 2002

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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February 2002

Read ‘Em and Pump

Whether you are a beginner or a veteran of insulin pump therapy, a new book called "Optimal Pumping: A Guide to Good Health With Diabetes" could prove to be a valuable resource.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2002

July 2001

Type 1 Rates Soar in Switzerland

Researchers announced an alarming average annual increase of 23.8 percent in newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes among children under the age of five in Switzerland.

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February 2000

Getting High on Exercise

Aerobic workouts can be safely enjoyed by people with diabetes. These are fun exercises that can increase your muscle tone and aerobic fitness. A typical workout consists of greater-intensity aerobic work and lesser-intensity stretching and toning activities using hand-held or ankle weights and multiple repetitions (such as abdominal crunches). Classes vary in intensity based on individual ability and level of participation, as well as the nature of the class: high-impact, low-impact, step, hip-hop and others.

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November 1999

Party Conversations

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

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

October 1999

Halloween—Make it a Learning Experience, Not a Horror

Every Halloween, Cynthia Primeau of Sterling Heights, Michigan, sympathizes with parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1999

November 1998

20-Year Landmark Study Completed in the UK

In early September, researchers concluded a landmark, 20-year study on type 2 diabetes. The $38.6 million study, known as the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS), examined the effects of various therapies on patients with type 2 diabetes. The study is considered the first of its kind in relation to examining diet, oral drug and insulin therapies for patients with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1998

June 1997

Changing Habits, Changing Lives: Being Diagnosed in the Prime of Life Can Be Hard to Digest

You're over 50 and taking time to smell the roses when suddenly you get stung. The doctor says you have type II diabetes and must alter your lifestyle. Forget those maple bars at the office every morning. Dust off your running shoes in the back of the closet. That midlife crisis has arrived, and it's nothing you expected.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1997

October 1996

Type 2s Have a Hard Time Tasting Glucose

People newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may be less responsive to the taste of glucose, according to a short report in the July 1996 issue of Diabetes Care. This could cause cravings for sweeter food and drinks, worsening hyperglycemia.

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January 1995

July 1993

Bibliotherapy: Your Prescription for Good Control, Good Health, and a Good Life

The future of health care in America is going to involve more personal responsibility for self-care and preventive maintenance. We're going to have to learn to analyze and handle many of our own health problems, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through bibliotherapy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1993

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