The Animas Vibe continuous glucose monitoring-enabled insulin pump has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by adults 18 years of age and above who have insulin-dependent diabetes.
Despite the problems and concerns I publicly write about regarding my diabetes life, I try to be a very positive minded person. Diabetes is complicated and frustrating, sometimes downright depressing. But having this disease has also taught me so many things that affect my perception of life and how it’s meant to be lived.
I picked up a pamphlet at my Endocrinologist’s office today that discusses the process of getting children screened for autoantibodies. These markers can signify the development of Type 1 diabetes up to ten years before it takes hold. This fascinates and terrifies me in the same breath. I can find out if my children are prone to developing the disease I’ve survived for 16 years, but how will I handle the news if one of my children returns a positive result for having the markers of Type 1 diabetes?
It’s tough enough to make it through the holidays without gaining weight. People with diabetes face a bigger challenge with holiday parties and family gatherings. An extra treat or carbohydrate food could sky rocket a blood sugar reading to a critical point.
I remember realizing a few years after being diagnosed with type 2 that few authorities were urging me or any other older type 2s to drive our A1c's much below 6.5%. There were several reasons behind that lack of urgency, including research-derived fears that too tight a control of blood sugar levels could lead to cardiovascular problems.
Halloween is the beginning of what many see as the season of indulgence. Candy and costumes lead to turkey and trimmings, to presents and feasts, to binge drinking and late nights. How is a diabetic, or anyone else, supposed to navigate this wonderful, at times intimidating, celebratory season of family and friends?
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