Life with Diabetes

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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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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