Holiday Classic: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child’s Christmas Angel

(Editor’s Note:This article originally ran in Diabetes Health on January 27, 2008.) Eight-year-old Olivia Miller asked for a Chihuahua for Christmas, but what she received was far more precious than just any pet. That’s because Olivia and her new little dog both have diabetes and today they comfort and encourage each other through the rigors of dealing with the disease. Olivia’s family adopted the special-needs

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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.) I drift through the Halloween aisles getting angry. Did they make up this holiday just to torture kids with diabetes? What happened to apples, popcorn, tricks, and homemade treats? Halloween scares me. It scares me even after seven years of helping

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New Website Aims at Type 1 Teens

When Tommy Kelley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago, while he was in eighth grade, he had a hard time finding information that related to him. “I noticed the clear lack of diabetes education and support for teens,” says the 17-year-old from Needham, Mass. So Kelley launched “Teen Diabetes Guide,” a nonprofit website designed to bring teens with type 1 diabetes together.

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Teens’ Negative Body Images Play Role in Later Adult Obesity

If you’re concerned about your teen’s extra pounds, it might be a good idea to keep those concerns to yourself and enforce some healthier eating habits instead. According to a new study, negative body image that develops as a teen may play a big role in adult obesity. The 10-year study followed teens as they grew into young adults, and found that factors including body

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Children with Diabetes, You Are My True Inspiration

Jay Hewitt is 41 years old and has lived with type 1 diabetes since 1991. He is an elite Ironman triathlete (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run) and three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Course Triathlon. He is a lawyer, the father of a 16-month-old daughter, and a motivational speaker. He speaks to people with diabetes and others

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Molly Martin, Motocross Racer

Molly Martin is a vibrant and energetic 18-year-old from Texas who’s had type 1 diabetes since the age of two. Five years ago, Molly took up motocross racing. She says, “I love riding motocross—it’s just you and the bike. I feel free when I ride, like I don’t have to think about diabetes. I do have to make sure that I test before I get

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Diabetes Heroes Come In All Ages

Last summer, I led the third annual swim-run biathlon for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, which hosts two Massachusetts camps for children with type 1-Camp Joslin for boys and Camp Clara Barton for girls. It was at Camp Joslin that I met a memorable eight-year-old boy who exemplifies what being a diabetes hero is all about. I’ll call him “Adam.’ I spent a lot

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