Life with Diabetes

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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Information Therapy – Quick, Cheap and Indispensable

A fascinating concept, this.  The idea is simply that “giving the patient information relevant to his or her current moment in care” will improve the patient’s overall health and outcomes. Ahem, yeeeesss, that could help.
You might be surprised to learn that volumes of research papers and even official medical conferences have been built around this concept.  Check out Informationtherapy.org, non-profit center that “aims to advance the practice and science of information therapy to improve…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 10: When Partners Clash Over Doctor’s Care

Welcome back again to the Diabetic Partner Follies, where the significant others of the PWDs (people with diabetes) are invited to vent. This week, we feature another double-diabetic household, in which one is none-to-happy with the other’s medical providers. A new kind of sticky wicket. Hopefully, you all out in the Community can offer some advice here. (And remember, if you’d like to submit a post, email me here.)
So, Amy, you haven’t heard from…

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