Diabetes Lifeline: Life Insurance, Anyone?

SOS Again: I’m back today with another pressing query for Diabetes Lifeline, the new “community category” I’ve created to post some of the appeals I get via email. So many people in need of assistance… I’m hoping you all can respond with your experiences and offer a helping hand.
Recently I received this email from a concerned mother named Pat:
My son Matthew is 33, married with an 11 year old son. He was diagnosed…

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Fitness in the Digital Age

Great news for all of us girlie-girls (and girlie-boys): fitness has finally gone non-competitive and individual, plus funner and cooler than ever! Or at least that’s where it’s headed…
The New York Times reports on the growing popularity — even in school gyms — of the video-exercise game Dance Dance Revolution. The LA Times calls it “exergaming” — the blending of video games with workouts. Lights and action, and a video game challenge that takes…

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Januvia: Is It “Oral Byetta” or Just a Lucky Break?

I noticed a lot of comment action recently on a previous post about Januvia. I guess more and more people have now tried Merck’s new type 2 “Wonder Drug” and want to share their experiences, good and bad. Some are delighted with the glucose control sans injections, while others complain of headaches, nausea, and swollen feet and joints.
“That doesn’t surprise me at all,” says David Kliff of Diabetic Investor, who’s done extensive comparisons of…

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Catching Bugs

Here’s a shot of me with my some of my new bike gear. Excellent! Actually, this is my old bike, and I’m pretty black, blue, and yellow so far from attempting to train on my new bike with clip-in pedals. (Don’t laugh, you know what a girlie-girl I am!)

Nevertheless, I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately out riding — complete with bugs in teeth, bugs in nostrils, bugs in ear, bugs stuck on…

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The Misguided War on Cholesterol? (Or What You Don’t Know About Statins)

“Everyone knows that high cholesterol can lead to heart attacks. After all, doctors and big drug companies have been warning you about it for years. But are they really telling you everything?” I know, sensational stuff here. This is the opening line from a promotional email from a retired MD and author now making public claims that we’ve all been misled by the widespread promotion of statin drugs for reducing risk of heart attack. And…

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