Life with Diabetes

“Teetering On A Balance Beam”

The New York Times is at it again, with yet another in-depth and provocative feature story on what it means to live with diabetes.  This one focuses on discrimination on the job: “Diabetics Confront a Tangle of Workplace Laws.”
Besides the disturbing stories of people with diabetes who’ve lost jobs at everyplace from mortgage firms to UPS to a Texas baked bean plant, what really struck me was this statement:

“Diabetics can find themselves teetering…

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Reasons to Celebrate

Happy Friday, and enjoy your holiday, everyone!  I’d like to share a few good reasons to smile (in no particular order):
* Please listen to Weird Al Yankovich singing “I LOVE MY PANCREAS” on YouTube.  To my mind, this is just about the funniest thing related to diabetes anyone ever said or did.  I’ve already played it about 6 times since yesterday afternoon — and getting ready to download it to my new electric-green iPod…

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2006: Diabetes Year in Review

First off, Happy Holidays, everyone!  Here we are smack in the middle of Hanukkah and I’m getting nostalgic already.  Was 2006 a big year for people with diabetes?  I’d say so, yes.  Although as a relative newbie (approaching my 4th anniversary of dx), I’m sure many of you have seen years that held at least as much promise for new treatments and potential cures, only to be “stuck in the realm of possibilities” for years…

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Diabetes Has Surpassed AIDS!

For those who didn’t catch it last week, this is a jaw-dropper all right: worldwide, diabetes now claims more lives per year than even our most-feared modern-day epidemic, AIDS. 
Diabetes now affects 5.9 percent of the world’s adult population and accounts for 3.8 million deaths a year, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), at its annual World Diabetes Congress earlier this month in Cape Town, South Africa.
In fact, the IDF warned — get…

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Diabetes Breakthrough Today

Huge news in diabetes research today, folks.  (Thank you to everyone who shot me the heads-up via email).  Scientists in Canada have apparently cured mice of Type 1 diabetes by injecting them with capsaicin (the active ingredient in hot chili peppers), and a neuropeptide substance, which seemed to reverse the disease.
According to reports, “The team found that abnormal nerve endings in the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas initiated a chain of events that caused…

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