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The Seven Words of Wisdom Contest for Diabetes

Hey All, Michelle actually jumped on my original idea, which was to host an official contest for the best Seven Words of Wisdom for Living with Diabetes. See my start at the end of this morning's post.
You may or may not be familiar with Michael Pollan's book "In Defense of Food" and his famous 7-word manifesto: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Tons of people have jumped on this idea, and the New…

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Regime Du Jour

A few notes today on what's up with my personal diabetes regimen:
I restarted the Guardian RT continuous monitor a few days ago. I find that I have to take breaks because my poor belly is scarring up fast due to long-term OmniPod and other sensor wear. As a result, I'm getting many more frequent occlusion errors -- which means a clog or blockage at the infusion site. In this case, it's not a tubing…

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Diabetes Blogs Can Change Your Life

Michaela Byrnes (nickname Kayla) is an adorable 21-year-old college student in Massachusetts who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes five years ago. She found me online recently -- and through me, discovered the entire Diabetes OC. I'm very grateful to report that our just "being here" seems to have helped change at least this one life.
"My mom actually found this stuff, around Thanksgiving 2007," Kayla tells me. "At first I wasn't that interested, because…

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NEWS FLASH: Abbott Navigator Approved by the FDA

Wow, that's what I get for sleeping late once in a blue moon. While I was enjoying my pillow this a.m., the much-rumored and long anticipated has finally occurred: Abbott Diabetes has received FDA approval of its FreeStyle NavigatorĀ® Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. Hooray!
According to the press release, this CGM is approved for people ages 18 and older, OK for 5 days of continuous wear on the body (I'm assuming one can "cheat" and…

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Car Insurance vs. Health Insurance

Scott Shreeve, an MD and progressive Health 2.0 thinker over at Crossover Healthcare , pinged me on this discussion yesterday. He's trying to help people understand and see the difference between Health Insurance and Health Care. "People need both, but it blurs to the point of confusion when you try to mix the two in a single financial instrument. Most insurance provides for catastrophic coverage of health related risk, however, it does not function well…

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