Life with Diabetes

Dear Pancreas (My Turn)

Our dear Kerri got me thinking with her “Open Letter to My Pancreas.”  And then little Demarco chimed in with his own version and was so wise and sweet and matter-of-fact about it all in one.  And then it dawned on me, I have a thing or two to say to that useless organ of mine as well:

Dear Pancreas,
For 37 years I hardly knew you existed.  So maybe it was a case of…

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Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon: Raisin’ Some $$ for The Cause

Anyone remember that goofy Internet game Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon?  Well, yeah, it was originally intended to lampoon him and all celebrities and their hangers-on.  But good for Kev, for turning it into something useful.  He’s recently launched a new fundraising networking site called SixDegrees.org that’s supporting any charity of your choice with a chance of winning a matching donation from Kevin himself of up to $10,000!
And it didn’t take our enterprising D-Community…

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My “True Life Story” in 3.6 Minutes

OK, time to come clean.  The other thing I was doing on my recent trip to New York was visiting with a dynamic new company called HealthiNation (pronounced healthY-nation).  This group is busy creating the first “on-demand health video network,” i.e. a series of informative and instructional videos that help “everyday people” understand the complexities of all sorts of health issues and medical disorders. Viewers can purchase the videos directly off the website, or pick…

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Hypo School

I have been schooled in hypoglycemia, in more ways than one.
TYPE 2) First off, you were all right, of course: hypoglycemia is apparently often an early sign of Type 2 diabetes.
Excerpts from Connie Bennett’s new carb-bashing book, Sugar Shock!, cleared this right up:
When the body is resistant to the insulin it makes, the result is “… an ‘overshoot’ phenomenon characterized by a large spike in insulin, followed by a drop in blood…

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Author Thinks Like a (Rather Opinionated) Pancreas

Gary Scheiner is an outspoken CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator).  That’s probably because he’s lived with Type 1 diabetes himself for over 20 years.  Best known for his insulin-pumping guidebook, Think Like a Pancreas, he’s become something of a guru on the best techniques for achieving optimal diabetes control.
Trained at Joslin, he’s done extensive volunteer work for the ADA, JDRF, and DESA (Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association).  He’s authored dozens of articles, and speaks at…

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