Life with Diabetes

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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Conference Wrap-Up

I’m back home now (you knew that!), up to my eyeballs in the end of school/start of summer camp mayhem, and am also coming to an end of the immediate observations drawn from my trip to the recent ADA Conference. A very enriching experience: I met such fabulous people! Including Dr. Bill Quick and his wife Steph of DiabetesMonitor, who are the sweetest and most knowledeable pair a diabetic could ever hope to meet. And…

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Closing the Loop

One of the terms most-oft overheard at the recent ADA Conference was the “closed-loop system” for diabetes: when will we have it? is it really viable?
For those unfamiliar with the term (as I was, novice that I am!), “closed-loop” means a device that combines continuous blood glucose sensing and insulin delivery. Mimicking the function of the human pancreas, the “closed loop” system would monitor glucose levels and, in response, deliver an appropriate amount of…

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