Life with Diabetes

Goodbye A1c, Hello ABG?

Here’s a bit of news from the 2007 ADA Conference last week that I could swear we heard there last year: The world of A1c is supposedly about to change… being replaced by a revolutionary new measure called the ABG (Average Blood Glucose).
Physicians are apparently conducting “a major study” to demonstrate that the new test is indeed superior.
But the experts I’ve queried said they don’t like the concept at all, and that the…

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2007 ADA Conference: The Bad News, etc.

Hey, it’s the Virtual Age! Who says I actually have to be physically present at the annual ADA Conference (which kicked off this weekend) to bring you all the hottest news?
(Note that ADA staffers are putting a human face on the event this year with their collaborative SciSessions blog. Once again, I hope to represent the rest of us…)
It’s a very exciting year for gene research and community diabetes care, according to the…

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“Faces of Change”: Type 2 Diabetes in Photographs

It was probably just a matter of time until some famous photographer decided to document life with diabetes among the more than 18 million people with Type 2 in this country. Now Novo Nordisk has helped the process along by recruiting Rick Smolan, former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer and creator of the best-selling “Day in the Life” photography series, to do just that.
Check out FacesofChange, a travelling photo exhibit launched at the…

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Traffic Jam, Niederrhein-Style

For those of you wondering, yes, we are in Europe. Despite a mix-up with our “family row” on the airplane and the lack of those wonderfully distracting little individual seat-back TVs we were counting on to keep the kids busy, the flight went surprisingly well. Which means, of course, that the little ones slept for about 5 hours. Whew!
I should mention that Airport Security made no notice whatsoever of my OmniPod. I was a…

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Test Strips in the Sandbox

FOUND at the Tenderich household on a typical day (this was last Tuesday):
test strips in the washing machine – 3
on the stairs – 2
on the bathroom counter – 4
in jeans pockets, front and back – 6 (admittedly, those jeans hadn’t been washed for a while)
on floor in kids’ rooms – 1
on floor of MiniVan – 2
in MiniVan cupholders – 3
in microwave oven – 1 (the stench of…

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