Life with Diabetes

A1c Celebration (?)

I should be celebrating — shouting from the rooftops!  But instead I am stunned. Confused.  Filled with skepticism.  Those of you who’ve been following my DexCom adventures here know how frustrated I was when I couldn’t seem to get my A1c below 7.1, despite a lot of diligence and aggravation.
But something weird happened.  I had my A1c tested again about a month later, and about 10 days after I’d set the DexCom aside for…

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Riva Greenberg and the Diabetes Mentoring Imperative

Through the wonder of the Internet, it was hard to tell, but I was in New York last week –  visiting my various publishers (for our new KYN book, plus dLife and HealthCentral).  It was cold and crisp and holiday-sparkly and shopping heaven.  I have so much to report!  Where to begin?  Allow me to start with Riva Greenberg, please.
Riva’s been a Type 1 for 35 years. She’s a writer and an illustrator and…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 11: (Almost) The Other Woman

Greetings, friends of the Diabetic Partner Follies, the forum for significant others of the PWDs (people with diabetes).  We are getting it through our heads that you folks live with diabetes, too, and that often it ain’t no picnic.
This week’s entry really choked me up.  It’s the kind of thing I hope is in my partner’s heart, although men tend to be less poetic in expressing these things.  It also made me realize that…

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What’s Up with the Celiac/T1 Diabetes Pill?

I’m not sure how I missed this one last Spring, but a certain Dr. Alessio Fasano of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore helped kick off some super-exciting research on a pill that could “put an end to off-limits foods for diabetics and celiacs.”
The pill, which works by decreasing the permeability of the intestines, is being developed by a spin-off startup company called Alba Therapeutics, where Dr. Fasano serves as…

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Healthy Eating as a Marketing Toy

The push and pull is simply insane. No wonder people get all crazy in their heads about eating and gaining/losing weight.  I was at the dentist’s office thumbing through a copy of Woman’s Day last week and hit an article about choosing the healthiest foods; smack in the middle of the first page of this article was an ad featuring the goopiest-looking piece of apple pie you’ve ever seen, with the tagline: “there’s only one…

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