Reasons to Celebrate

Happy Friday, and enjoy your holiday, everyone!  I’d like to share a few good reasons to smile (in no particular order):
* Please listen to Weird Al Yankovich singing “I LOVE MY PANCREAS” on YouTube.  To my mind, this is just about the funniest thing related to diabetes anyone ever said or did.  I’ve already played it about 6 times since yesterday afternoon — and getting ready to download it to my new electric-green iPod…

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The Heartbreak of Dry Mouth

Yesterday morning at the gym it happened again.  I had to make frequents stops for water during my cardio kick box class. (No really, I didn’t welcome the interruptions!)  As usual, I surveyed the room full of sweating people and rhetorically asked, What’s the matter with these people?  Why don’t they drink?? 
I leave trails of used cups and glasses around the house.  I never pass a drinking fountain without stopping.  I had a sneaking…

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2006: Diabetes Year in Review

First off, Happy Holidays, everyone!  Here we are smack in the middle of Hanukkah and I’m getting nostalgic already.  Was 2006 a big year for people with diabetes?  I’d say so, yes.  Although as a relative newbie (approaching my 4th anniversary of dx), I’m sure many of you have seen years that held at least as much promise for new treatments and potential cures, only to be “stuck in the realm of possibilities” for years…

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Diabetes Has Surpassed AIDS!

For those who didn’t catch it last week, this is a jaw-dropper all right: worldwide, diabetes now claims more lives per year than even our most-feared modern-day epidemic, AIDS. 
Diabetes now affects 5.9 percent of the world’s adult population and accounts for 3.8 million deaths a year, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), at its annual World Diabetes Congress earlier this month in Cape Town, South Africa.
In fact, the IDF warned — get…

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Diabetes Breakthrough Today

Huge news in diabetes research today, folks.  (Thank you to everyone who shot me the heads-up via email).  Scientists in Canada have apparently cured mice of Type 1 diabetes by injecting them with capsaicin (the active ingredient in hot chili peppers), and a neuropeptide substance, which seemed to reverse the disease.
According to reports, “The team found that abnormal nerve endings in the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas initiated a chain of events that caused…

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