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Diabetes Has Surpassed AIDS!

For those who didn’t catch it last week, this is a jaw-dropper all right: worldwide, diabetes now claims more lives per year than even our most-feared modern-day epidemic, AIDS. 
Diabetes now affects 5.9 percent of the world’s adult population and accounts for 3.8 million deaths a year, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), at its annual World Diabetes Congress earlier this month in Cape Town, South Africa.
In fact, the IDF warned — get…

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Diabetes Breakthrough Today

Huge news in diabetes research today, folks.  (Thank you to everyone who shot me the heads-up via email).  Scientists in Canada have apparently cured mice of Type 1 diabetes by injecting them with capsaicin (the active ingredient in hot chili peppers), and a neuropeptide substance, which seemed to reverse the disease.
According to reports, “The team found that abnormal nerve endings in the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas initiated a chain of events that caused…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 12: Frazzled in the UK

Welcome, one and all, to the dozenth edition of the Diabetic Partner Follies.  Here we invite the loved ones and partners of people with diabetes (PWDs) everywhere to share their experiences.  Almost all our recent stories seem to be about hypos (otherwise known as blood sugar lows).  We welcome these and any other types of venting you all care to share.  Today, a note from a wife in the UK who’s at her wit’s end. …

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dLife and the Diabetes Media Conundrum

“It used to be that anytime something — anything — about diabetes was on TV or in the news, everyone would call each other right away, word would spread fast and everyone was all excited.  But now there’s a weekly television show devoted specifically to diabetes and people shrug it off and say, ‘aw, that’s so commercial,’” Tom Karlya of dLife tells me with a sigh. 
I am sitting in his Westport, Ct., office.  (Yes,…

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A1c Celebration (?)

I should be celebrating — shouting from the rooftops!  But instead I am stunned. Confused.  Filled with skepticism.  Those of you who’ve been following my DexCom adventures here know how frustrated I was when I couldn’t seem to get my A1c below 7.1, despite a lot of diligence and aggravation.
But something weird happened.  I had my A1c tested again about a month later, and about 10 days after I’d set the DexCom aside for…

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