Life with Diabetes

An Oral History of Diabetes, Death, and Software

I’m horribly behind in the MailBag Department. Here are some wonderful, sad, and interesting bits recently passed along that I’d like to share:
* An Oral History of Diabetes is a project like no other. This recently completed UK Website features audio recordings of the life-stories of 50 people diagnosed with diabetes between 1927 and 1997 (mostly the bad old days for diabetes). The interviewees talk candidly about how they lived and what it was…

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More Diabetes Economics: What the…?!

Looking over the sources for my last post, an anvil hit me: according to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates here, on a global basis, 45% of health budgets is spent on diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses. That would make diabetes, by most counts, the world’s leading disease, overshadowing even AIDS in sheer scope and costs!! Think about it.
OH BUT WAIT: That site features a dreaded Statistical Typo, in which all short dashes have mysteriously disappeared……

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Economic Force: Salute Diabetica!

Last night my husband said: “There are more diabetics in this country than there are people in The Netherlands.” Now this may not mean that much to you, but we lived in that country for nearly three years. My second child was born there. And I’m picturing all of the 16.5 million bike-riding, cheese-eating masses pressing buttons on their insulin pumps and priming their pen needles, toting monitors and counting carbs.
No, really. Imagine, an…

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How to Start Jogging, in 3 Easy Steps

Did you read the header and think, “Oh SHUUUT UP”? Yeah. Getting started with exercise can be grueling if you’re not used to it. But once you find a rhythm, you will likely be amazed at how good it makes you feel. HONEST! For people with diabetes, it also means the difference between super-strict diet/high insulin doses and the opposite. I know it’s hard to find time. So that’s how I discovered jogging — possibly…

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Book Review: Conquering Diabetes, at Last

I received a copy of “Conquering Diabetes“ by Dr. Anne Peters a few weeks ago. I must admit: I feel very guilty for letting it sit so long on my desk while others are clamoring for copies… I know they are, ’cause I asked my mom (newly identified as “pre-diabetic”) to take a look at it and tell me what she thought. They put her on a long waiting list at the library. What a…

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