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It’s My Blog and I’ll XXXX if I Want to

I’ve been getting offers lately to write for diabetes newsletters and “official” diabetes Web sites. I’ve been giving this some serious thought. While I utterly appreciate the interest — believe you me! — I feel I’m developing a somewhat obsessive attachment to “Diabetes Mine.”
I mean, if something sucks I want to be free to say so. DIABETES SUCKS! There, see?! I want to be able to say that and a lot more, all with…

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Road Trip

I drove over 400 miles one way to take my kids to Disneyland this week. A few Diabetic Observations on this road trip:
1) If you drive long distances regularly, you really need to be on the pump. I just couldn’t stand to stop the car just to inject myself, so got way high and all out of control the whole @%&* travel day.
2) Oooh, the layers of complexity with packing! Insulin on ice,…

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Grade Schools Vindicated, Sort of…

OK, so the local elementary school curriculum on health is better than I thought. After my recent grumblings about their deficient coverage of healthy eating habits, my second-grader came home a few days later with a 27-page booklet and completed nutrition quiz (score: 27 out of 28. Triumph!) There were charts and vivid pictures of foods that kids actually eat (fried rice, quesadillas, tuna sandwiches, fruit roll-ups) with exercises on identifying the Food Groups involved…

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The Elusive Value of Symlin

As noted, I’m not so interested in the worth -– or market potential –- of this new drug from Amylin Pharmaceuticals as I am in the actual value to patients. I was initially excited and intrigued by this first new offering to help Type 1 diabetics since insulin in the 1920s. Yet after querying several doctors and a number of patients who chose to stay on Symlin after participating in a study, I must say…

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More Chocolate Bennies

Researchers in Italy seem to have heard my prayers. They have uncovered further evidence that chocolate promotes good health — even better, that eating dark chocolate regularly improves insulin response. Results published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that study participants’ blood pressure decreased, and they showed improvements in insulin sensitivity, meaning they were better able to metabolize glucose (sugar). Fab!
OK, now for the disclaimers: the University of…

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