Diabetes Alert Day 2008: Making it Ours

Today marks the 20th annual ADA national Diabetes Alert Day, a day set aside to spread the word about taking steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. See this nice little article on all that, including risk factors and a quiz to help people identify early signs of metabolic syndrome.
But every year, I ask myself: What can this day actually do for those of us already living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? How…

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Seven Words of Wisdom for Diabetes: The Winners!

Seven words to start off this post: My, oh my, what a tough choice (!)
When I asked if anyone had Seven Words of Wisdom specific to diabetes, ala Michael Pollan and the New York Times, I’m not sure I knew quite what to expect. Would you take it literally, offering instructions, or provide poetry? Or conjur up sarcasm? What I got was a little bit of everything. Thank you!
You were all so wonderfully…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 19: Helping Someone Who Won’t Help Themselves?

Hello Partners and Loved Ones of Us PWDs (People with Diabetes),
Welcome back to the Diabetic Partner Follies, a series of guest posts about the challenges of living beside someone affected by diabetes. This edition came to me in the form of a long, heartfelt email from a woman in one of the most difficult positions, I imagine — stuck between a rock and a hard place. Please read:
Hi there. I am pretty new…

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Protein, Carbs, Whatever…

Sometimes you just don’t know what spikes your blood sugar. So you’ve been a “good diabetic” and gone low-carb and high protein all week long, and you’re STILL running over 180 too much of the time? Aaack!
As I was complaining about this lately, a number of commenters jumped in to point out that some of the protein we eat gets converted to glucose as well. Turns out this is correct, but with a number…

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Keeping Drugmakers Honest

Do you have any interest in telling the FDA what you really think about drug ads? Well, then I have a campaign for you: check out Prescription for Change. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, is running this grassroots push to gather 50,000 signatures to dump on the FDA’s doorstep — calling for better reporting of drug side effects.
Their beef is this:
“Drug companies often fail to present the benefits and risks…

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