Creatures of Habit

It always kind of ticks me off when people say that managing your diabetes is “like brushing your teeth.” It’s a helluva lot more work than that. But the one similarity is that it is kind of habit-forming. I always hold the toothbrush at a certain angle, and pretty much get the same (however effective or ineffective) results every time I brush. I guess the same is probably true for most of my diabetes habits:…

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Preparing for the Worst

When it comes to natural disasters and other potential crises, diabetes makes me feel frighteningly vulnerable. I mentioned before that the images of Katrina had me clacking my teeth, as I wondered how I might stay alive sans fresh insulin in the event of being stranded. “Really quite my nightmare…”
Well, that hasn’t changed a bit. And now this recent disturbing report from CNN could put any diabetic over the edge to paranoia: “an influential…

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Diabetes Design Contest: Updates, Updates, Updates!

Big updates today to the …
2nd Annual DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

* a competition designed to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes *
In order to spread the word about this competition, we’ve issued a press release today, highlighting three exciting changes:
* increased prize money — we now have an additional $200 donation from our friends at DexCom, along with an additional $1,000 from…

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Bloodless Update: May 08 Edition

We’re all waiting for some truly bloodless glucose monitoring technology, of which there is much on the horizon. The wait, however, is long and tedious. Still, we love to hear about what’s coming, don’t we? I stamped this post “May 08 edition,” because I’m quite sure the Bloodless Update will be an ongoing series.
[Editor’s note: Do excuse the skeptical tone of this post, but as interesting as all these developments are, I’ll really believe…

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Suddenly Celiac

Back in 2003, when I was diagnosed, nobody seemed to know anything much about the connection between Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Or at least it wasn’t mainstream, certainly not for my doctors at the time. Celiac is of course and intolerance to gluten, a composite of proteins contained in wheat, rye and barley. Having it therefore means eating no foods that contain those grains. Picture that!
But my point was that suddenly, I…

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