Life with Diabetes

Farewell to Needles?? Breathe Deep…

I have been invited to join the Phase 3 clinical studies of MannKind’s Technosphere inhaled insulin. Exciting, ay? You can’t imagine what all’s going through my mind: Farewell to needles? (except for the night-time Lantus) Just a puff and then snack-city! What kind of looks do you get in restaurants with a purple inhaler? Will I be one of the first to show lung deterioration?! And much, much more.
First off, I did my homework…

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Interviewed! ChronicBabe LadyBlogger Profile #1

Now I know what Martha O’Connor was talking about when she said she felt naked. There I am for the whole world to see, and since it’s on someone else’s site I feel kinda stripped on stage, if you know what I mean.
Click here for my profile over at ChronicBabe. “Editrix” Jenni Prokopy started her site earlier this year to help younger women with chronic health issues who want to live their best lives.…

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Introducing Detemir/Levemir

Move over, Lantus! Another long-acting insulin is on its way: Detemir, brand-name Levemir, from Novo Nordisk. This new Lantus competitor was approved by the FDA last June and is expected to be available in both pen and vial delivery forms (pen-only in Canada) in the first half of 2006. It is already available in more than 10 European countries and sales have been extremely impressive, according to diabetes consultancy CloseConcerns.
“Detemir is characterized as a…

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(Devilish) Raynaud’s Syndrome

Ever heard of Raynaud’s Syndrome? Nobody seems to be able to confirm whether this odd circulation disorder is related to diabetes, but I have my suspicions.
Also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon (or Raynaud’s Disease), this is a condition involving “periodic episodes of reduced blood supply in the extremeties when exposed to cold or sudden temperature changes.” Meaning your fingers and toes go white and numb and become pretty much useless for a period of time.…

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Post-Turkey-Day Post

PRE-TURKEY: I hit the weekend with a fierce determination to get my glucose levels down, while being the ultra-efficient mother-cook-hostess, of course. Dose aggressively for bowl of wheat-free breakfast cereal – check. Drop the girls at school – check. Drive straight to Safeway for early am shopping with my plucky 3-year-old in tow, delighted that I shall “beat the holiday rush” – check. But NOooo. Others have arrived before me. Many of them. And the…

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