Life with Diabetes

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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Incredible Edible Book Offer

Let me start by saying that yesterday was just the Best Blogging Day Ever!  I should have de-lurked you all ages ago.  Thank you for all your wonderful comments!!
Now, just in case you had the slightest interest in purchasing our new book (~grin~), please check out the nifty new “Order Now” button in the left-hand margin here.  That’s right, get your very own copy PLUS a free trial pack of ExtendBars right here, right…

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Insulin Shakeout: Lilly, Generics, What’s Next?

When I read the other day that Eli Lilly was halting construction of a new insulin plant in Virginia, I didn’t make that much of it.  Another day, another dollar-based business decision, right?  But it seems there are some strong currents running through the insulin market that will have tangible consequences for us folks who live on insulin, indeed.
Is Eli Lilly really distancing itself from its historical covenant with diabetes?  This is the company…

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What Gets in the Way

The other bit I wanted to share from my day at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute was our discussion of what gets in the way, i.e. why do many patients so consistently neglect their diabetes?  That is, the first hour of my time at the BDI was spent in a “provider” session sharing concerns with a group of people including CDEs, psychologists, nutritionists, and reps from BDI sponsor Roche Diagnostics.
The topic du jour was what…

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