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Everything I Need to Know I Learned at TCOYD

Last year, I attended the first Northern California iteration of the fabulous Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) conference series.  I was blown away by: 1) how informative a one-day event can be, 2) how fun and motivating it was {even when sacrificing an entire precious Saturday}, and 3) how many hundreds — no thousands! — of other people with diabetes {and all the same questions and frustrations} live right in my area. Oh-so-definitely worth…

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Exit, Stage Left

This is a public service announcement:  Have you seen/heard the news that BD is pulling out of the glucose monitoring market? 
That’s right.  A casualty of the diabetes marketing wars, seeing nothing but “a bleak future in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”   One less vendor offering glucose monitors.
Any loyal BD Logic users out there?  Fret not; help is on the way.  J&J LifeScan, Roche, Abbott, and Bayer Diabetes are all jumping in to offer former…

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Taste Sensations

I’m always reminding PR people that this ain’t your typical “diabetic Web site”: I don’t post weight-loss tips or recipes.  I’m not looking for the low-carb “magic bullet.”  But OK, there are some food items that are of special interest to PWDs like me.  Here are a few of them that I’ve tried (or especially liked) lately:
* The new all-natural sweetener called Sweet Simplicity. The samples the company offered finally arrived, and I must…

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Judgement Day: Disappointed

This is a sorry post to have to pen, folks.  I had such high hopes.  I wish the news were better.  But  after three full months of futzing around with my new DexCom continuous monitor, calibrating and charging and re-initiating at every turn, my A1c has not made significant improvement.
I’m at 7.1 — up, in fact, from the 6.9 result I got at the (potentially iffy) on-site testing at the ADA Conference back in…

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Goodbye Normalcy, Hello Emotional Roulette

Who among us can remember the days before our diabetes diagnosis?  Back when we were “normal” — meaning we could eat and do as we pleased without a single thought involving glucose, carbohydrates, medications, or complications?
Nowadays we carry our meds and our monitoring devices.  We look at food as a math equation.  We have good days and bad days — temperate days, and days where we’re riding the Glucose Roller Coaster, which always makes…

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