AskNadia: I Drink Soda to Keep My Blood Sugar Up at Work

Dear Nadia, I have been a type 1 diabetic for 13 years. I work in construction, and it’s a physically demanding job. I am having trouble keeping my blood sugars up while working. It goes down fast so I drink soda to get my blood sugars up, but it won’t stay up long even though I drink two to three which aren’t good either.  I

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Type 1 Diabetes: Avalanche Blaster Kim Kircher

When most people look at Crystal Mountain, which stands in the shadows of Washington’s Mt. Rainier, they are in awe of the snow-swept rocks that tower the sky. Kim Kircher, 45, just sees her workplace. Kim learned to ski around the same time she learned to walk. She is one of 1,500 avalanche blasters in the United States and is trained to seek out potential

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AskNadia: Asked to Leave Restaurant for Openly Injecting Insulin

Dear Nadia:   I was at a restaurant. After we’d ordered, I tested and dosed. I received a hostile look from a lady at another table. I smiled and said, “I could drop my trousers and inject in my butt, if you’d prefer.” A few moments later a waiter came up and asked me to leave. On the way out I stopped at the hostile

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes: How Do I Answer That

Sometimes a person close to me asks about my blood sugars. The question is usually something like “How have your sugars been. Are you keeping level”? I always hesitate before answering because, even after 21 years of life with Type 1 diabetes, I’m not quite sure how to answer that question. Sometimes I stammer out “Good, things are pretty good”, and then I feel bad

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What Is Diabetes?

You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes because there is too much glucose (a kind of sugar) in your blood. Glucose comes from the starches and sugars that you eat. (However, diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar.) Your muscle and fat cells use glucose for energy. But glucose can’t just float into your cells. It has to be helped into your cells by insulin,

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Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: Women and Sex

Although most research about the effect of diabetes on sex has focused on men, some studies report that women are at higher risk for sexual dysfunction than diabetic men. It’s high time that the woman’s side of the story was given the attention that it deserves. Women are complicated sexual beings who need to be comfortable both physically and psychologically in order to enjoy sexual

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In the Diabetes Trenches: Diabetes Dad

I have a friend; let’s call her K. K has a son, let’s call him Z. I have known K for a very long time, and she was an incredible actress. I thought nothing could ever surpass her talent, but it did, it was K’s incredible and wonderful heart. She is an incredible mom, and her family has become her life. It’s not surprising in

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Wearing Some of the First Insulin Pumps

By: BRENDA NEUGENT The progress on the diabetes front, or lack of it, is a source of serious frustration for David Thomas. Especially given the role he played in the design and implementation of new technology. Thomas was diagnosed with viral-onset type 1 diabetes when he was three years old, and by the time he was 11, was testing the first generation of insulin pumps.

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