Life with Diabetes

Life’s Like This

Last weekend I was at a kiddie birthday/barbecue party enjoying the sunshine, when suddenly I heard the word “Diabetes” loud and clear over the din. For once I was in an environment where hardly anyone knew me well, so I was definitely thrown. There goes my D-free day, I thought…
As I approached the cake-cutting area, I found two teenagers grappling over a small plastic plate piled high with a cake corner, topped by 2-inch-thick…

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Fitness in the Digital Age

Great news for all of us girlie-girls (and girlie-boys): fitness has finally gone non-competitive and individual, plus funner and cooler than ever! Or at least that’s where it’s headed…
The New York Times reports on the growing popularity — even in school gyms — of the video-exercise game Dance Dance Revolution. The LA Times calls it “exergaming” — the blending of video games with workouts. Lights and action, and a video game challenge that takes…

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Catching Bugs

Here’s a shot of me with my some of my new bike gear. Excellent! Actually, this is my old bike, and I’m pretty black, blue, and yellow so far from attempting to train on my new bike with clip-in pedals. (Don’t laugh, you know what a girlie-girl I am!)

Nevertheless, I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately out riding — complete with bugs in teeth, bugs in nostrils, bugs in ear, bugs stuck on…

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The Misguided War on Cholesterol? (Or What You Don’t Know About Statins)

“Everyone knows that high cholesterol can lead to heart attacks. After all, doctors and big drug companies have been warning you about it for years. But are they really telling you everything?” I know, sensational stuff here. This is the opening line from a promotional email from a retired MD and author now making public claims that we’ve all been misled by the widespread promotion of statin drugs for reducing risk of heart attack. And…

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Don’t Just Bolus, SUPER BOLUS

Not entirely new, but totally worth revisiting: pumping aficionado John Walsh’s “Super Bolus” method for smacking down high post-prandial glucose levels even before they hit.
The idea here is to combat the effects of high-carb (high glycemic index) foods by taking BOTH the necessary bolus AND the amount of basal you normally get for the next few hours up-front. To prevent going low, you just slash your basal for the next 2 to 3 hours.…

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