Life with Diabetes

The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 2: Night Visitor

Welcome to the second edition of the Diabetic Partner Follies, a new series here at DiabetesMine.com in which we (meaning myself and the good man behind me) invite the “significant others” of diabetics everywhere to speak out.
The idea is that partners of PWDs should have a forum to exchange experiences, ideas, frustrations, and even some occassional smiles, we hope.
Today, we hear from Anna Q, author of Life with a Spouse, one of only…

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Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Blame the Baby Cereal?

According to a symposium titled “Nature vs. Nurture in Type 1 Diabetes” at last month’s ADA Conference, you can forget this conflict: It’s both!
Latest research results show that the “concordance rate” of Type 1 in twins is only 25 to 50%, leading to lots of speculation about how environmental factors affect poeple who are genetically predisposed to the disease. And what factors could those be? Why, baby cereal, of course!
A speaker on “gut…

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Lonely? Try Prescription4Love

Here I’ve been diving deep into the issues of partners, possibly neglecting all the single PWDs out there and their particular challenges. Well, today I found this: “Singles with special health conditions find cure for loneliness at Prescription4Love.com”
For real. It’s an Internet dating service that helps connect people with “special conditions” seeking companionship, including diabetes, cancer, STDs, hepatitis, impotence or a physical disability.
Here’s how they describe themselves: “Honesty and integrity are hallmarks at…

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INTRODUCING: The Diabetic Partner Follies

Periodically, I am reminded that we do not live with this disease alone. Our Loved Ones live with it, too, day in and day out. To be honest, I don’t often stop and think about what it might be like for them.
My exceptional partner has been urging me for some time to reach out to all the people out there living with diabetics — to give them a voice, and a forum for sharing…

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More Marketing Wars: Lantus vs. Levemir

Another larger-than-life Diabetes Marketing War, this time without the romantic names:
A while back I wrote a post introducing the first-ever competitor to Sanofi-Aventis’ long-acting insulin, Lantus. The new product is called Levemir, from Novo Nordisk.
What I missed more recently was that things turned ugly back in March. Sanofi filed suit against Novo Nordisk in a New Jersey U.S. District Court claiming that Novo was falsely promoting their drug as effective for 24 hours,…

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