Life with Diabetes

Road Trip

I drove over 400 miles one way to take my kids to Disneyland this week. A few Diabetic Observations on this road trip:
1) If you drive long distances regularly, you really need to be on the pump. I just couldn’t stand to stop the car just to inject myself, so got way high and all out of control the whole @%&* travel day.
2) Oooh, the layers of complexity with packing! Insulin on ice,…

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Grade Schools Vindicated, Sort of…

OK, so the local elementary school curriculum on health is better than I thought. After my recent grumblings about their deficient coverage of healthy eating habits, my second-grader came home a few days later with a 27-page booklet and completed nutrition quiz (score: 27 out of 28. Triumph!) There were charts and vivid pictures of foods that kids actually eat (fried rice, quesadillas, tuna sandwiches, fruit roll-ups) with exercises on identifying the Food Groups involved…

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More Chocolate Bennies

Researchers in Italy seem to have heard my prayers. They have uncovered further evidence that chocolate promotes good health — even better, that eating dark chocolate regularly improves insulin response. Results published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that study participants’ blood pressure decreased, and they showed improvements in insulin sensitivity, meaning they were better able to metabolize glucose (sugar). Fab!
OK, now for the disclaimers: the University of…

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Forbidden Treats

Let’s stop pretending that diabetics don’t eat chocolate. Come on, it’s right there on the Hierarchy of Human Needs, somewhere between Safety and Love. But it’s a complex mix of fat and sugar, so dosing for it takes some training.
Here we stand right before the Easter weekend, with that bunny packing baskets full of forbidden treats, so this is a good time to share strategies, I’d say. I usually inject 20-30 minutes AFTER eating…

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Diabetes T-Shirt Contest

Further to my rally cry on maintaining a positive attitude, hop on over to my pal Gina’s site DiabetesTalkFest to enter the T-shirt contest (no photos necessary, and no water involved
Some of my favorite slogans submitted so far include “Hit me with your best shot!,” “Diabetics do it with a prick,” “Bleed Daily,” and “My sister got diabetes…. and all I got was this stupid T-shirt.” Hurry! All entries must be in by April…

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