Life with Diabetes

You Don’t Know Jack

[WARNING: Uncheerful post... sometimes we just need to vent]
My husband has this infuriating way of attempting to calm me down when I get worked up about stuff: he likes to say, “It’s really not a big deal.”
I know he means well, but oooh, I could just slap him upside the head when he says that. How the heck do you know what’s a big deal, Sgeeter? (that’s my private little smack-talk term for…

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LOW’s the Word: Contest Winners!

The results of our universal-code-word-for-hypoglycemia contest are in, and they are, well… LOW! Most people seem to agree that anything beyond those three little letters — or perhaps the word ‘GLUCOSE!’ — would just confuse the matter.
Before I get into it, let me just note what a bunch of cynics you all are! (Which is why I love you, of course)
Here’s a sampling of the type of grumpy disillusionment I’m talking about:
“Shouldn’t…

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Straight Talk on Diet from a Blog Authority

Anyone here read the Diet-Blog? I am normally VERY skeptical of web sites covering anything-diet, I must say, but this one is not only extremely popular, but quite level-headed as well. Lots and lots of valuable info on new foods, diet plans, fitness issues, lose-weight-fast scams, body image, diet pills, fast food, and more. In short, everything you could ever want to know about all that.
I caught up with editor Jim Foster recently for…

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A Code Word for “Low” — Let’s Roll

Here’s an idea: how about some sort of universal code word we could all utter when we feel ourselves slipping into a dangerous blood sugar low (hypoglycemia)?
This idea was floated by some anonymous member of the audience in a question to keynote speaker Doug Burns at last week’s Santa Clara, CA, TCOYD conference. Doug is, of course, the reigning Mr. Natural Universe living with Type 1 diabetes since he was 7, and in the…

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Institutionalizing Frustration

If there’s anyone out there living with diabetes who does NOT find it frustrating, send me an email. I’d like to hear your secret. For the rest of us, living with it just got that much harder through a yet another “standardized guideline” announced by the IDF (International Diabetes Foundation) last week.
“The new IDF Guideline recommends that people with diabetes try to keep post-meal blood glucose levels to less than 7.8 mmol/l (140 mg/dl)…

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