Diabetes Blogs Can Change Your Life

Michaela Byrnes (nickname Kayla) is an adorable 21-year-old college student in Massachusetts who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes five years ago. She found me online recently — and through me, discovered the entire Diabetes OC. I’m very grateful to report that our just “being here” seems to have helped change at least this one life.
“My mom actually found this stuff, around Thanksgiving 2007,” Kayla tells me. “At first I wasn’t that interested, because…

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NEWS FLASH: Abbott Navigator Approved by the FDA

Wow, that’s what I get for sleeping late once in a blue moon. While I was enjoying my pillow this a.m., the much-rumored and long anticipated has finally occurred: Abbott Diabetes has received FDA approval of its FreeStyle Navigator® Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. Hooray!
According to the press release, this CGM is approved for people ages 18 and older, OK for 5 days of continuous wear on the body (I’m assuming one can “cheat” and…

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Car Insurance vs. Health Insurance

Scott Shreeve, an MD and progressive Health 2.0 thinker over at Crossover Healthcare , pinged me on this discussion yesterday. He’s trying to help people understand and see the difference between Health Insurance and Health Care. “People need both, but it blurs to the point of confusion when you try to mix the two in a single financial instrument. Most insurance provides for catastrophic coverage of health related risk, however, it does not function well…

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Jumping in with Both Feet

A little sneak-preview today of something I’m very excited about: for quite a while now, I’ve obviously been following all sorts of interactive “Health 2.0″ sites for people with diabetes. On top of that, I’ve been mulling over how to build out my setup here at DiabetesMine.com to allow for more community conversation. Another message board or chat forum just didn’t seem to be the answer.
Today I happily announce a partnership with a brand…

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Life with Diabetes Complications

Lately, I’ve been coming face-to-face with the scary stuff: long-term complications of diabetes. Those of us who haven’t experienced them tend to think that developing complications is the end of the world. Wrong.
For a project I’m working on, I’ve been interviewing people all over the country living with neuropathy, kidney disease, eye disease, heart disease, gastroparesis — you name it. And I’ve learned some very valuable lessons. Please take a read in the March…

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