Life with Diabetes

ACCORD Study: Wrong and Wronger

The media loves a good scare. So they’ve jumped all over the failed ACCORD study (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) with headlines making it sound like tight blood glucose control is now proven to be “bad for you.” Ugh.

As if it weren’t difficult enough educating the population about diabetes — and educating so many people with diabetes about how to treat it — now we’re supposed to question whether we should forgo…

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What the Heck is Oxidative Stress?

I received my copy of the quarterly TCOYD newsletter a few days ago, and was intrigued to find an article explaining oxidative stress. I’d been hearing that term associated with diabetes complications for quite a while now and wondering what the heck the connection was.
The OnTarget blog offers a great core explanation:
“Oxidative stress (OS) occurs when the available supply of the body’s antioxidants is insufficient to handle and neutralize free radicals of different…

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ADA Expo Recap

Saturday Feb. 2 was our “local” ADA Expo event here in Santa Clara, CA. I’ve been remiss not to mention that I was invited to take part in a very cool panel discussion on Trends in Diabetes, moderated by our own fave D-industry consultant Kelly Close.
As Kelly mentions, I was in excellent company with three other panel participants: Scott King, editor of Diabetes Health magazine; Dr. Karen Earle, head of the Adult Diabetes Center…

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“Catalyst to Better Diabetes Care Act of 2007″

How is it that 2007 has come and gone, and we, the Diabetes Community, have hardly heard a thing about this major piece of proposed legislation to “combat diabetes”? Or was it just me who had her head stuck in the sand?
Anyway I’ve been digging around for the last week or so, and have gathered all the info I could find on this sweeping bill, which is backed by a bi-partisan group of legislators…

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Testing 1, 2, 3

Not to leave you all hanging: after my latest bout of unexplained high blood sugars (S.U.S.), I was determined to make my actions count. In fact I was lying in bed awake night after night with a fierce determination to do something — other than “correct” all day long and write pissy posts about it
Was it my insulin-to-carb ratio that had gone off, or was it just that my basal settings were no longer…

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