Life with Diabetes

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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Type I Diabetes ― a Viral Thing?

Here’s something I’ve been curious about for a long time. For a while I’ve been corresponding with a number of adult “late-onset” Type 1 (LADA) diabetics like myself who were told their disease manifested itself due to a virus. Strange, but a leading theory…
I looked into this and discovered that the medical profession is pretty much still baffled about why people get Type 1 diabetes as adults. If we have the “genetic propensity,” then…

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