Life with Diabetes

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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Kid-Friendly Diabetes Design

Ever notice that none of the pumps, meters, or new CGMs on the market are actually designed for kids?  I mean with bold colors and super-simple buttons and big happy faces… You know, like Fisher Price on insulin? 
Well, all that may be about to change.  As part of the fallout on my iPod vs. medical design post, a 22-year-old industrial design student at Philadelphia University contacted me to say he’s devoted his thesis to…

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