AskNadia: Convicted of a DUI Because of My DKA

Dear Nadia: I was arrested and charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) while experiencing DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) and was convicted. There was no information any doctor would elaborate on. My attorney said there was no other option than to plead guilty. Vic B Dear Vic: I am sorry to hear about you’re your conviction. Your DKA should not have turned into a conviction—as

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AskNadia: My Wife is A Type 1 Diabetic Who Skips Taking Her Insulin

Dear Nadia, My wife has been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and I worry about her because she does not always take her insulin. She is trim and seems fine but how can it be OK to skip taking your insulin? JM Dear JM: If your wife is on a CGM and is skipping her insulin because she does  not take that much

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In The Diabetes Trenches: DKA SURVEY—State-by-State Breakdown as Promised

By Diabetes Dad As a follow-up to the survey I took in the diabetes community, I promised a state-by-state breakdown of some of the results.  If it helps when/if you meet with your state representative, feel free to use it, just be clear on how the data was acquired (that it is not completely scientific etc. etc.). Again as a reminder: LET’S BE VERY CLEAR FROM

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Despite the Fear

On some days living with a chronic disease and all its complexities for 15 years has the ability to force me into hiding. Some challenges I’ve overcome, like the fear of being accepted despite my illness and the fear of actually taking medications into my blood several times per day. But, I’ve been through many worst-case scenarios, and sometimes that enhances the fear that type

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Child and Teen Deaths from Diabetes Plummet Over 41-Year Period

Gratifying news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The overall death rate from diabetes among children 19 years and younger plummeted 61 percent over the years 1968 through 2009. The CDC published the statistic in its November 1 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Among the findings it reported: There was a 78 percent reduction in deaths associated with diabetes among children under 10There

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Playing God

Recently, while scrolling through discussions posted on an online diabetes forum, I came across one from a man in his thirties who wrote about how paramedics had found his twin brother face down in a sauna, in an insulin shock coma.  How did he end up in such a state?  The appalling answer is, he didn’t have enough glucose strips to test before he got

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My Pump Almost Killed Me… Twice

One of the greatest technological advancements in diabetes care has been the insulin pump.  For one, it gives you the illusion of being “normal” because you no longer have to inject insulin throughout the day. Instead, you “bolus” by pushing a button on the pump itself or using a remote control. It allows better glucose management because you can adjust your basal rate (the “background”

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Fire In My Veins: A Story of Ketoacidosis

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 14 long years. During that time, I have had five episodes of ketoacidosis, two of which were brought on by emotional stress.  The one that happened eight years ago, shortly after the meltdown of a serious relationship, lives vividly in my memory. Usually I jump out of bed to start the day, but when I woke up that morning,

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What Are Ketones, and Why Are They Important to Diabetes Self-Management?

All blood tests are tools. Some are to diagnose diabetes, some are to help you manage your diabetes on a daily or long term basis and some are to keep you safe. People with diabetes are told about blood testing and how important testing is to manage their blood glucose. It is a critical part of diabetes management. Whether it is done in the physician’s

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