Life with Diabetes

On Good Advice and Lasting Mantras

I read so many articles and blog posts on health and diabetes and technology and business that sometimes my head just spins.  But it usually doesn’t take too long for some sort of theme to congeal for me — some thought thread that connects to my life and inevitably to this exasperating health condition that permeates it.  This past week, the thread that emerged was words to live by.
Fortune magazine ran a cover article…

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Drug Safety Jitters

How safe are the medicines we’re all taking?  Who’s to know?  As good Americans, we tend to put our faith in the system and assume that the authorities have it covered.  After all, they’d get sued or something if this stuff wasn’t safe, wouldn’t they?
A few recent headlines have shaken my blind faith in drug safety:
* A front page feature in the San Francisco Chronicle last week about online pharmacies selling imported medicines…

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Creatures of Habit

It always kind of ticks me off when people say that managing your diabetes is “like brushing your teeth.” It’s a helluva lot more work than that. But the one similarity is that it is kind of habit-forming. I always hold the toothbrush at a certain angle, and pretty much get the same (however effective or ineffective) results every time I brush. I guess the same is probably true for most of my diabetes habits:…

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Preparing for the Worst

When it comes to natural disasters and other potential crises, diabetes makes me feel frighteningly vulnerable. I mentioned before that the images of Katrina had me clacking my teeth, as I wondered how I might stay alive sans fresh insulin in the event of being stranded. “Really quite my nightmare…”
Well, that hasn’t changed a bit. And now this recent disturbing report from CNN could put any diabetic over the edge to paranoia: “an influential…

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Suddenly Celiac

Back in 2003, when I was diagnosed, nobody seemed to know anything much about the connection between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Or at least it wasn’t mainstream, certainly not for my doctors at the time. Celiac is of course and intolerance to gluten, a composite of proteins contained in wheat, rye and barley. Having it therefore means eating no foods that contain those grains. Picture that!
But my point was that suddenly, I…

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