Life with Diabetes

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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A Shot of Joy

I talk a good bit about Joy, but I’m actually a rather cynical person. What, you noticed? Anyway, I don’t exactly believe in the “mood cure” either, so when writer and advocate Riva Greenberg sent me her sweet little new book with bunnies on the cover, I was… well, skeptical.
The book is called “The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes,” and it features A-Z alphabet illustrations with grinning bunnies, cherubs, mermaids and mice, each…

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Diabetes: As Costly As War

Last week, results of an ADA-commissioned study were announced indicating that uncontrolled diabetes is costing this country $174 billion a year. That makes it as costly as war (the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism combined), and more expensive than repairing our worst natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. I am still trying to get my head around this information.
The ADA actually says this estimate is probably an understatement, because “it…

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Five Diabetes Headlines – A Quick and Dirty Review

Ricocheting around the press and the blogosphere:
1) Statins for all diabetics – One-third fewer people with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) would suffer heart attacks or strokes if they took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a U.K. study says. If you’re over 40, and not already on a statin, you’re urged to get on one. The experts say it’s like wearing a helmet for protection when you’re riding a bike. Sounds good, but there are…

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Asking ADA the Tough Questions

I had actually planned to interview the American Diabetes Association’s newly elected Chair of the Board, R. Stewart Perry, when I read about his taking office a few weeks ago. But the questions I wanted to ask were pretty hard-hitting, so it seems the ADA thought I ought to talk with someone in their ranks with both lots of media savvy, and a “deep clinical background.”

Dr. Sue Kirkman, the ADA’s Vice President of Clinical…

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