Life with Diabetes

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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Sweet Fire, the Nutrition Crash Course

I have what I’d call a vaguely informed idea of the nitty-gritty of nutrition, i.e. how the body converts carbs into energy, uses protein to build and repair tissue, and flushes out fiber.  You know, all that stuff…  But over time, my vague knowledge seems to get more and more vague if I don’t brush up a bit.
So a few months ago — at a very yuppie campground here in N. Cal (the kind…

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