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“Metabolic Syndrome” Label Misleads…

Maybe you already knew that “Metabolic Syndrome,” otherwise known as “Syndrome X” is not a “real” disorder. Really.
In case you’re not familiar, Metabolic Syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of these five factors:
1) fasting glucose above 110 (above 126 is the criteria for overt diabetes)
2) high blood pressure (top number above 130 or the bottom number above 85)
3) triglycerides above 150
4) HDL cholesterol below 40 in…

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Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Blame the Baby Cereal?

According to a symposium titled “Nature vs. Nurture in Type 1 Diabetes” at last month’s ADA Conference, you can forget this conflict: It’s both!
Latest research results show that the “concordance rate” of Type 1 in twins is only 25 to 50%, leading to lots of speculation about how environmental factors affect poeple who are genetically predisposed to the disease. And what factors could those be? Why, baby cereal, of course!
A speaker on “gut…

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More DexCom: Addicted to the Line

It’s been just over two weeks, and I’m hooked. I can’t imagine going back to simply sticking my finger several times a day, or every few hours at most…
As the DexCom rep put it, it’s like we used to be driving along in a car with the windshield blocked out, and only every now and then would someone pull the cover off so we could have a quick glimpse of where we were on…

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Lonely? Try Prescription4Love

Here I’ve been diving deep into the issues of partners, possibly neglecting all the single PWDs out there and their particular challenges. Well, today I found this: “Singles with special health conditions find cure for loneliness at Prescription4Love.com”
For real. It’s an Internet dating service that helps connect people with “special conditions” seeking companionship, including diabetes, cancer, STDs, hepatitis, impotence or a physical disability.
Here’s how they describe themselves: “Honesty and integrity are hallmarks at…

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INTRODUCING: The Diabetic Partner Follies

Periodically, I am reminded that we do not live with this disease alone. Our Loved Ones live with it, too, day in and day out. To be honest, I don’t often stop and think about what it might be like for them.
My exceptional partner has been urging me for some time to reach out to all the people out there living with diabetics — to give them a voice, and a forum for sharing…

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