Life with Diabetes

More Stem Cell Magic

A short note today: a reader writes to me with a heads-up on a Wired Today story explaining how the European Union is moving ahead on “tissue engineering” that will use stem cells to reproduce skin, bone and cartilage for treatment of various conditions, including diabetic wounds.
Reader B.W. points out that while we’re waiting and hoping for a cure, there’s much more magic that can be done if science is allowed to thrive. Amen!…

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Kryptonite and Spinach

This may be the most trite thing I’ve ever written about having diabetes, but sometimes this disease makes me feel bionic. You know, half-person/half-machine, so that I am actually Superhuman — except in the face of the Evil Antidote to my extraordinary energy.
Let me explain.
When I’m getting ready for a major workout, I cut my insulin or sometimes pop glucose tablets to let my BG levels soar for a short time at the…

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New Diabetes Gene Discovered

Have you heard about the new gene discovered that’s implicated in the cause of Type 2 diabetes?
Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center used lab mice to show that alterations in a gene called ARNT (aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator) — which is crucial for normal embryo development, and also controls other genes — correlates closely with incidence of Type 2 diabetes.
What this means is that the ARNT gene may be pivotal in generating (and…

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Tattoos for Life

Part of me has always regretted not getting a tattoo during the years we lived in Amsterdam (which part of me I need not share). But I definitely tingled when I recently ran into this post: “I have a friend who had ‘diabetes mellitus’ tattooed on one arm and a syringe tattooed on the other when he was a teenager. Looks kind of cool. He didn’t have any problems with having it done, but if…

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Annual CDE Meeting News

The annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) starts today in Washington, DC. This event promises to bring together about 5,000 experts and educators for both an expo and a series of courses on the latest and greatest in D-care. This year’s theme is “Monumental Opportunities,” an obvious reference to the capital city venue, and also an allusion to just how BIG diabetes has become.
One organizer is quoted as saying: “Even…

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