Life with Diabetes

My Take: First Impressions, New Type 2 Implant, Test Strip Bidding War, and More

Taking a cue from Kevin, M.D., here’s an “at-a-glance” roundup of my take on some news of the day:
1) Dr. Rob reports on the importance of a physician’s opening remarks. “Saying the right things at the start will make the job much easier.” Ya think?! Nothing is worse than finally making it in to an endo visit only to be greeted with some asinine remark, like the one KK reported last week. Of course,…

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A Lifetime of Troubleshooting

Back in the days of working full-time, this used to be my career motto: “Always be a troubleshooter.” That was the advice I gave all the newbies I met about any job they were taking on, whether at McDonald’s or on Wall St. Words to live by… little did I know.
Since being diagnosed with diabetes, I feel like a Meister Troubleshooter. It’s not just some watchword for the workplace anymore, it’s a lifestyle. It’s…

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Teaching Patients to Carb-Count

I always find it fascinating to have a window into diabetes “from the other side” — i.e. what doctors and healthcare providers are doing and talking about. Something that caught my eye in the latest issue of the AADE’s journal, The Diabetes Educator: a new 10-step guide to teaching carbohydrate counting, called (oh so cleverly!) C-O-U-N-T C-A-R-B-S.
It’s apparently a program to help nurses teach diabetes patients diet tactics with more confidence, which is “shown…

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Diabetes Alert Day 2008: Making it Ours

Today marks the 20th annual ADA national Diabetes Alert Day, a day set aside to spread the word about taking steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. See this nice little article on all that, including risk factors and a quiz to help people identify early signs of metabolic syndrome.
But every year, I ask myself: What can this day actually do for those of us already living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? How…

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Seven Words of Wisdom for Diabetes: The Winners!

Seven words to start off this post: My, oh my, what a tough choice (!)
When I asked if anyone had Seven Words of Wisdom specific to diabetes, ala Michael Pollan and the New York Times, I’m not sure I knew quite what to expect. Would you take it literally, offering instructions, or provide poetry? Or conjur up sarcasm? What I got was a little bit of everything. Thank you!
You were all so wonderfully…

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