Life with Diabetes

Exit, Stage Left

This is a public service announcement:  Have you seen/heard the news that BD is pulling out of the glucose monitoring market? 
That’s right.  A casualty of the diabetes marketing wars, seeing nothing but “a bleak future in an increasingly competitive marketplace.”   One less vendor offering glucose monitors.
Any loyal BD Logic users out there?  Fret not; help is on the way.  J&J LifeScan, Roche, Abbott, and Bayer Diabetes are all jumping in to offer former…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 7: Moral (Not Pharma) Support

Welcome Again, one and all, to the Diabetic Partner Follies, the ongoing “showcase” of life with the PWDs (people with diabetes). Here partners and loved ones share their experiences — good, bad, or otherwise — for the benefit of the community.
Got something to share? Email me here to participate.
This week, Kim McAllister who blogs over at Scared to Health shares a snippet from her life.  Kim is a registered nurse and the wife…

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Taste Sensations

I’m always reminding PR people that this ain’t your typical “diabetic Web site”: I don’t post weight-loss tips or recipes.  I’m not looking for the low-carb “magic bullet.”  But OK, there are some food items that are of special interest to PWDs like me.  Here are a few of them that I’ve tried (or especially liked) lately:
* The new all-natural sweetener called Sweet Simplicity. The samples the company offered finally arrived, and I must…

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Goodbye Normalcy, Hello Emotional Roulette

Who among us can remember the days before our diabetes diagnosis?  Back when we were “normal” — meaning we could eat and do as we pleased without a single thought involving glucose, carbohydrates, medications, or complications?
Nowadays we carry our meds and our monitoring devices.  We look at food as a math equation.  We have good days and bad days — temperate days, and days where we’re riding the Glucose Roller Coaster, which always makes…

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“DogFight” for Control of the Continuous Monitoring Market

News Flash: Abbott Diabetes is apparently “talking tough” about how its new FreeStyle Navigator will quickly become the “device of choice” among us D-types struggling to better manage our disease using constant glucose monitoring.  (The Navigator’s expected to win FDA approval by the end of this year).  According to the sweeping Reuters story, at least one Morgan Stanley analyst agrees, saying the Navigator trumps the competition on accuracy and ease of use.  Hmmph.  Hard to…

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