A Brassy Little Game

“Would you rather spend two days in the boys’ locker room, or get slimed?” my 9yr-old asks.
“Would You Rather…?” is her new game.
“Um, slimed, I guess,” I reply, screwing up my face (as I lurch around the kitchen, trying to beat my own Personal Best at emptying the dishwasher).
“Would you rather get 100 cupcakes with icing — even if you can’t eat them — or get your diabetes cured?”
“Oh, easy,” I…

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The Diabetic Partner Follies, Act 2: Night Visitor

Welcome to the second edition of the Diabetic Partner Follies, a new series here at DiabetesMine.com in which we (meaning myself and the good man behind me) invite the “significant others” of diabetics everywhere to speak out.
The idea is that partners of PWDs should have a forum to exchange experiences, ideas, frustrations, and even some occassional smiles, we hope.
Today, we hear from Anna Q, author of Life with a Spouse, one of only…

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“Metabolic Syndrome” Label Misleads…

Maybe you already knew that “Metabolic Syndrome,” otherwise known as “Syndrome X” is not a “real” disorder. Really.
In case you’re not familiar, Metabolic Syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of these five factors:
1) fasting glucose above 110 (above 126 is the criteria for overt diabetes)
2) high blood pressure (top number above 130 or the bottom number above 85)
3) triglycerides above 150
4) HDL cholesterol below 40 in…

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Type 1 Diabetes in Children: Blame the Baby Cereal?

According to a symposium titled “Nature vs. Nurture in Type 1 Diabetes” at last month’s ADA Conference, you can forget this conflict: It’s both!
Latest research results show that the “concordance rate” of Type 1 in twins is only 25 to 50%, leading to lots of speculation about how environmental factors affect poeple who are genetically predisposed to the disease. And what factors could those be? Why, baby cereal, of course!
A speaker on “gut…

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More DexCom: Addicted to the Line

It’s been just over two weeks, and I’m hooked. I can’t imagine going back to simply sticking my finger several times a day, or every few hours at most…
As the DexCom rep put it, it’s like we used to be driving along in a car with the windshield blocked out, and only every now and then would someone pull the cover off so we could have a quick glimpse of where we were on…

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