Cranky Post

For those of you who still think I’m too chipper, I’ll have you know that even though life is pretty great at the moment, the diabetes has been hovering in the background like a stubborn zit: just can’t seem to enjoy a full day without being reminded of how stupid and ugly it is… Therefore, today a Cranky Post (or Crost), a la Kerri.
FLOP…
So I clock in at 184 the other afternoon, program…

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Diabetes Lifeline: How to Fight Back?

Please welcome, today at DiabetesMine, a new community category I’m calling Diabetes Lifeline.  Maybe not the most original name, but if the shoe fits…  The idea is that I get quite a few emails from people all over asking for help with various diabetes-related predicaments, in many cases how to stage an intervention for a friend or loved one going horribly awry with their diabetes.  And guess what?  I don’t have all the answers.  I’m…

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Not Enough Dirt?

Anyone familiar with the “hygiene hypothesis“?  This theory proposes that by living in an ever-more-sterile environment, we have forced our immune systems to “look for something else to do,” like causing asthma and an array of allergies, or attacking our islet cells, for example.
The theory goes that children who grow up exposed to multiple bacteria have stronger immune systems — whereas the rising incidence of conditions like Type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple…

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The Double-Chronic Whammy (and the Essential Funny Bone)

Speaking of survivorship… read this:
Shortly after my diagnosis, a friend in my book club said enthusiastically, “You HAVE to talk with my mom. She’s got diabetes AND breast cancer!”  Aaaaaccccckkk!  I’m just getting my head around one chronic disease, so why in the world would I want to rendezvous with someone who’ll remind me that there may be more to come?!
That’s so unfair, I thought.  In the scheme of life, I figured everyone’s…

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