As you know, I’m back from my annual summer vacation in Germany, and that means one thing — back to school for my kids! But it’s also back to school for thousands of children with diabetes. The process of getting a kid situated for school is a daunting task for any parent. There are school supplies to buy, clothes to argue over, and for kids with diabetes, a sit-down with the school staff to figure…Read more »
Several years ago, the American Diabetes Association decided to create a new position called the National Youth Advocate, which would give one lucky teen the chance to meet with Senators and Representatives and travel to summer camps to inspire young kids to get involved in diabetes research and awareness. It’s similar to the JDRF Children’s Congress concept, except for the fact that it’s just one kid for a whole year. This year, Christian Stokes, an…Read more »
From the “Advice Column” file today:
Sometimes finding a good endo can seem harder than finding your soul mate! Whether it’s disagreements over treatment or they seem to be stuck in the stone-age on A1c levels, it’s discouraging how difficult it is to find Dr. Right. We have all witnessed stories of people who have had to fight tooth and nail to get the right treatment or had to put up with a technophobic doctor. …
Since I got Type 1 diabetes at the ripe old age of 30+, I never had the experience of “leaving the nest” with the Big D. So I recently asked fellow blogger and advocate Allison Blass what that was like: Did your parents fall apart? Were you scared to death, or more elated? What she came back with was actually more of a practical nature: the top tips she wished she’d known at the time.…Read more »
Our brains are obviously hard-wired to love food. For many years, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of why we go all ga-ga over fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, for example. If we could figure out — and even control — the neuroscience of appetite, just imagine what that would do for combating obesity, and for living with diabetes!
I bring this up because it’s been on my mind since last month’s annual ADA…