Life with Diabetes

Disability and Diabetes Revisited

The other day as I was filling out some forms –- checking off my gender and race -– I ran into that perennial question: Do you have any disabilities? My gut reaction is always an emphatic NO, but then I remember that delicate dilemma in our diabetic community about freedom from stigma and protection under the law.
I am reminded that advocates are working hard to pass legislation to update and refresh the Americans with…

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All About LADA (Adults with Type 1)

Today is a special day for the diabetes community, and hopefully for those around us to hear our voices and gain better understanding of our plight.

Honestly, I try to raise my voice to this challenge every day. But for that little something extra, today I’d like to extend a special welcome to all the LADAs of the world — a little-recognized or understood subgroup of our PWD community:
Who here got diagnosed with Type…

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Infusion Site “Handles,” aka Diabetes Belly Love

Did you know that you get little rolls of “insulin fat” on your frequent insulin injection/infusion site spots? Yuck! Maybe I’m just naive, but I thought those little bulges developing on my otherwise-gratifyingly-flat stomach were just advancing age. Or too much cheese.
But my endo took one look at my tummy a few weeks ago, and said, “Those sites are overused! Can’t you see the damage? It’s plain as day.” She took out a ballpoint…

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What Money Can’t Buy

Last week’s Spring Break is over. Whew… Although as parents we felt our wallets rupturing, a good time was had by all — especially in those moments we weren’t paying for. 
Snacks for the road: $17.54
Extra gluten-free road-fare for you-know-who: $13.00
Pre-departure tank-up: $63.00 (no kidding)
Movie rentals for the backseat-installed DVD player: $34.00
Sound of hubby’s and my own voices as we actually chatted in perfect peace: Priceless
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Tram tour of the…

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Studies Show Correlation Between Storks, Babies, Diabetes

San Francisco, April 1, 2008 — Two new studies out of Croatia show strong evidence that residents of areas high in stork and baby populations also show high incidence of diabetes, and patients living in the affected areas also experience high blood sugar more often — despite drug treatments — than their counterparts elsewhere in the world.
The studies also showed that the following lifestyle elements either cause or exacerbate diabetes: watching TV, eating dairy…

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