Life with Diabetes

Filling Your Glass

A lot of people write to me explaining how they sometimes feel so blindingly angry about having diabetes. They’re just pissed off, and I can’t blame them. Living with this thing is inconvenient and aggravating, to say the very least.
So I spent some time recently taking stock of what helps me the most when I just get down and out. There are lots small things that help the diabetes seem less daunting, and if…

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More Damaging Headlines: the FDA Disses Insulin Pumps

Another diabetes media blitz you won’t believe. Check out “FDA study: Insulin pumps linked to injuries, deaths in teens,” an Associated Press headline that’s appearing all over God’s creation today.
And I quote:
“The federal review of use by young people over a decade found 13 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries connected with the pumps. At times, the devices malfunctioned, but other times, teens were careless or took risks, the study authors wrote.”
“Some…

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“Mystery Carbs” Question of the Day

We like to think we’ve got a handle on this carb-counting thing. But the truth is, most of us have very little clue — not least because nutrition labels on packaged products are so darn confusing. One of our beta testers over at the new community recently posted this query:
When I’m counting carbs I often read the “category” of carbs that are in the food I’m eating (i.e. Dietary Fiber, Sugar, Other Carbohydrates, etc.).…

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More Diabetic Moms-to-Be Than Ever

Now here’s a study near and dear to my heart: just this morning, Kaiser Permanente released results of the largest study ever to examine trends in diabetes and pregnancy. They looked at both pre-pregnancy Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as gestational diabetes (GDM) in thousands of women who gave birth in 11 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California between 1999 and 2005. What they found was pretty eye-opening. Among other things:

There…

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Life Without Email? Wassup, Doc?

So a diabetic walks into an endo’s office and says, “Hey Doc, can I get your email address in case I have any follow-up questions?” And the doctor replies, “Sorry, we do medicine, not email.”
I made that up myself. No, really… I did.
But don’t laugh too hard. There is actual proof now that doctors who are willing to email with their patients are a rare breed indeed. I’m very lucky to have found…

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