Life with Diabetes

Happy Valentine’s

Happy Sweethearts’ Day to you all. I received the “Valentine” below from my favorite Diabetic Funny Lady, and just had to share.

Happy Heart
and

Chocolate Day!

From the

Glucose
Goddess!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the WW chocolate market now tops about $45 billion.
We PWDs do our share. You know we do.…

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ADA PostGrad Sessions

Yet another academic diabetes event, the ADA’s annual “PostGraduate Sessions” was on this weekend in San Francisco. So I just had to go. Besides promising to cover selected material for the Diabetes Monitor, my own curiosity about this disease and the research around it wouldn’t let me skip such an opportunity to eavesdrop on the brains behind the treatment right here in my own home town. Compared to the big annual ADA Conference, this one’s…

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Dry Between Your Toes

There are certain aspects of diabetes care that I’ve just plain stonewalled. Foot care is No. 1 on that list. What could it matter to a girl who spent her formative years running around barefoot on the sizzling asphalt of LA that some people with diabetes get foot problems? Me, who’s “complications clock” just started running less than 3 yrs. ago?
But lately I discovered something disgusting. Diabetes makes your feet susceptible to everything. My…

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In the News – Stem Cells and Patient Advocacy

Top stories today, in my world:
1) “Stell Cell Breakthrough Helps 85% of Type 2 Diabetes Patients.” In a very exciting initial study in Argentina, implanted stem cells did just what researchers hoped they would do: they appeared to regenerate the destroyed Islet Beta Cells in the pateints’ pancreas. The patients were able to get off their various diabetes drugs, and the procedure went off without a single complication.
Very promising stuff. Now remember, this…

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Confounded Statistics

Quote of the month: a lack of specific diabetes data “really does hamper us on a national level — for knowing who’s got what and where. We don’t know where to put our energies. How do you base policy on only the vaguest of data?” — Matt Petersen, director of information for the American Diabetes Association.
Now don’t get me wrong. It’s not the ADA’s fault. I’ve been researching LADA or Type 1.5 or whatever…

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