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Biking & Blood Sugar, or Extreme Sports with a Twist

Fresh air, the whir of wheels on the road, periodic stops to prick fingers, test blood, and down some glucose… sounds like another case of diabetic athletes pushing the limits, no?
My latest “D-celebrity” lunch was with an incredibly fit (and cute!) young professional named Matt Vogel, a Type 1 diabetic, sales specialist for Deltec Cozmo, and co-founder of Insulin Factor –- a Northern California based community of diabetics who enjoy competitive cycling, triathlons, marathons…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 5: Gastric Bypass Surgery No Help for Diabetes

Last week at that diabetes group (the one where I gave the blog talk) I also met a woman who wouldn’t stop talking about her gastric bypass surgery — a whole new realm of diabetes concerns for someone like me. The more I listened, the more I shared her frustration and disappointment. It seems this is a classic case of being medically misled -– in terms of confusing weight loss with a diabetes cure —…

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Imagine, a Syringe-Button!

It looks a bit like a diaphragm. It is in fact a doohickey to allow patients to safely and comfortably inject themselves with medicine — even the needle-phobes. This new-fangled gadget is a Russian invention from designers Vladislav Kropachev and Vladimir Makarov. It actually won a 2005 Design Innovation Award last November, but has received surprisingly little press.
What you do with it is place it on your skin and simply push down with your…

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Why Blogs Are Special

So I had my first D-type “speaking engagement” at a local support group last week. Up there clicking around on the wall-projected web, trying to explain Web logs to a bunch of PWDs who barely use computers. Most of them never used the Internet to look for diabetes stuff at all. *Gasp!* Such an incredible resource…
“So this blog thing, it’s a web site?”
“Well, yes, but a special kind of web site.”
“Special? …”…

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Zen and the Art of Diabetes Advocacy

Meet Scott Hanselman. Then again, if you’re a devotee of techie blogs, you surely know him quite well. His smart programming blog, Computer Zen, culls 10,000 to 30,000 hits a day. He’s Chief Architect for an eBanking software company called Corillian. He’s also been an outspoken Type 1 diabetic for over 13 years now. He’s reviewed dozens of D-products and even wrote a diabetes management application for the PalmPilot, called GlucoPilot, some years back. When…

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