Life with Diabetes

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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A Sweet New Year

Many of you may know that yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, celebration of the Jewish New Year. 5,768 years into Jewish history, Fall still seems like a good time to me — for “renewal” through new schools, new schedules, new season after a long, hot summer.
And a sense of relief after two days of excruciatingly long services, with the little ones constantly whispering “when’s it gonna be over?”
This year, however, one paragraph from the…

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A Day for Us, etc.

Like Allison, I’ve been swamped with emailed press releases about diabetes campaigns everywhere. This week, my inbox contained pitches for everything from silver-laced footwear to a free annual membership in the American Sleep Association. Like Scott, I keep my skepticism forcefield charged to filter most of this stuff out.
Still, some attention-meriting news always comes through too, including the Mother of All Diabetes Campaigns coming up in just two months (!)… But wait, first things…

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Mr. Universe’s Little Book with Big Pom-Poms

It’s only 110 pages. I read it on the plane on the way home from St. Louis. It’s an “exercise prescription” to prevent Type 2 and combat Type 1 diabetes. It’s The Diabetes Antidote from Mr. Natural Universe Doug Burns, with Denny Dressman (he’s the journalist who helped NFL star Jay Leeuwenberg write Yes I Can! Yes You Can! — a review for another day).
This little book from Mr. Big Type 1 is a…

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