Life with Diabetes

Reviewing the Literature on SMBG

Last Friday I received my chunky copy of the Nov/Dec issue of “The Diabetes Educator,” the AADE’s professional journal, and discovered a comprehensive 18-page article on the topic, “Does Patient Blood Glucose Monitoring Improve Diabetes Control? A Systematic Review of the Literature.”
First reaction: Wow. I can’t believe the professional community is still asking itself this question.
Second reaction: Wow. Detailed charts of the results of 29 different studies, and the major conclusions are –…

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I’ll Drink to That

More Monday Madness, designed by reader Courtney Benefiel of Riding for a Cure:
Who said “vodka cures everything?”

Still, for your evening cocktail, a few things to toast on today:
Lilly and Novo see the light (?)
Big Pharma’s Gilded Age to End Abruptly (?)
Avandia hits the Top 10
Glucoboy for Christmas (!)…

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A Bit of “Grinchiness”

Dear Birdie over at Aiming for Grace has unwittingly coined a new term: “grinchiness.” Here it is still early December and she’s dreading the Holidays — “feeling a low grade tension and resentment and grinchiness about the weeks of treats and temptation ahead.”
Birdie explains that she’s “kind of hating the fact that the impending holidays are all about sweets and food and sugary excess. I get the traditions and the cultural reasons why we…

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Happy Hanukkah!

In a few hours, the sun will go down here on the West Coast, and we’ll begin our eight-night Festival of Lights. (For the Gentiles in the audience, this darn holiday is all over the secular map, because it falls on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, in an ancient Jewish calendar that was never “standardized” with a leap year correction). So here it is, Dec. 4, and we’ve managed to rip down…

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