Life with Diabetes

Salute to Luther Vandross, Divabetic

R&B superstar Luther Vandross died last night (Friday) at age 54. Cause of death “unreleased,” but the papers note that he never recovered from a massive stroke two years ago. I am shocked to note that most of the glowing eulogies mention the word “diabetes” only in passing, generally in the very last paragraph of the story! Only Fox News hints at poor diabetes management.
He was a beloved soul singer who will be sorely…

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Mary Tyler Moore on Larry King Live

Caught the show last night, which I’m assuming was a rerun. As usual, Mary was a spokeswoman extraordinaire for diabetes and the work of the JDRF. But one thing floored me: when Larry asked her if diabetes had ever interfered with her work, she said, “Not really. Once I felt a little shaky in front of the camera, so I had to excuse myself to drink a glass of orange juice. Then in about 5…

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Lantus/Travel Strategies

Klinkkk-kruunch! Another Lantus vial bites the dust! Now that sticky sort of aura of it all over the bathroom counter… and tomorrow the argument with the insurance folks about why I need to renew the prescription again already. Gotta have at least two vials in the house!
So now I’m in hot pursuit of a vial protector thingie that fits a Lantus vial. Discovered the InSure vial protectors, but confirmed just now that the Lantus…

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Experimenting with Antibodies

Exciting news on experimental treatments! A new study on Type 1 diabetics showed that injecting the antibody anti-CD3 may help “stop this autoimmune disease in its tracks,” according to JDRF executive VP for research Dr. Richard Insel.
Researchers at Necker Hospital in Paris apparently tested this “novel approach” on newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetics who still had some insulin function left. The results, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, were encouraging…

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