Life with Diabetes

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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Who’s Afraid of the HealthCare Wolf?

Here I am living with a chronic disease, and blogging my brains out about it, and yet I’ve been shielded so far from all the agonizing over health insurance. I’ve been lucky enough to be covered by my husband’s employer’s plan — since pre-diagnosis, so Hah!, they were stuck with me. But I do realize this arrangement may not go on forever, and that prospect scares the heck out of me.
Nobody’s arguing that healthcare…

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Low-Carb Favorites, from the Devotees

So this whole low-carb thing about diabetes is driving me crazy.
As I said myself recently, when struggling to control your blood sugar, the more carbs, the more struggle.
But I also don’t believe that complete abstinence is the answer (like “just say no” isn’t really the answer for birth control, right?) Carbohydrates are part of life, and part of a healthy diet, too, in moderation. I just wish there were more — and more…

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“Watershed” A1c Campaign: How Much Does It Really Help?

So have you seen the new Know Your A1c national public education campaign? It’s supported by a coalition of all the big names in diabetes organizations — the ADA, JDRF, American Association of Diabetes Educators and the National Council of La Raza (the nation’s biggest Hispanic D-advocacy group) — and backed by a half-dozen major D-pharma players — Abbott, Bayer, LifeScan, Roche, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi-Aventis.
Expert observers say the campaign “signals a watershed…

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