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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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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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Very Rapid-Acting Insulin on the Fast Track

Thank you to Kelly Close, for the tip-off on the potential answer to many of our prayers.  I wrote recently about the compulsion to pre-inject for meals (20-30 min ahead of time at least) if you want to have a prayer of bringing down your post-meal blood sugars (without adding an additional injection of Symlin — which can cause lows and make insulin dosing especially tricky).  Pre-injecting works well indeed, but I need not elaborate…

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Riva Greenberg and the Diabetes Mentoring Imperative

Through the wonder of the Internet, it was hard to tell, but I was in New York last week –  visiting my various publishers (for our new KYN book, plus dLife and HealthCentral).  It was cold and crisp and holiday-sparkly and shopping heaven.  I have so much to report!  Where to begin?  Allow me to start with Riva Greenberg, please.
Riva’s been a Type 1 for 35 years. She’s a writer and an illustrator and…

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