Book Review: Conquering Diabetes, at Last

I received a copy of “Conquering Diabetes“ by Dr. Anne Peters a few weeks ago. I must admit: I feel very guilty for letting it sit so long on my desk while others are clamoring for copies… I know they are, ’cause I asked my mom (newly identified as “pre-diabetic”) to take a look at it and tell me what she thought. They put her on a long waiting list at the library. What a…

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Seven Lucky Cities Get Medtronic Guardian RT Continuous Monitors

Medtronic Minimed’s Guardian RT continuous monitoring system is Hot, Hot, Hot! Some doctors have even called the company offering cash payouts just to get their hands on one, according to a company rep who spoke at a support group I attended a few days ago (I know, I know, but never say never!)
Approved by the FDA last month, Guardian RT is the first continuous glucose monitoring system on the market to display readings in…

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Type I Diabetes ― a Viral Thing?

Here’s something I’ve been curious about for a long time. For a while I’ve been corresponding with a number of adult “late-onset” Type 1 (LADA) diabetics like myself who were told their disease manifested itself due to a virus. Strange, but a leading theory…
I looked into this and discovered that the medical profession is pretty much still baffled about why people get Type 1 diabetes as adults. If we have the “genetic propensity,” then…

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Bee a D.I.V.A, and Other Diabetes Attitude Boosts

A loyal reader emails me to say thanks for creating a site that’s “positive and a great experience for the diabetic.” And I say THANKS FOR NOTICING, ’cause that’s exactly why I started this blog: most every other resource I found was such a downer!
I also get a fair amount of emails from people calling for help. They’re usually either newly diagnosed and feeling totally under water, or struggling to help a loved one…

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Annual Eye Exam, for Patients Only

Why do they call us patients, anyway? I, for one, most certainly am not. Ask my partner. Ask my kids. Ask anyone who’s met me for more than 15 minutes. Not patient.
Case-in-point: my annual eye exam on Friday, which took about 1.5 hours — a full half-hour of which was spent trying to get me to keep still in the head-vice contraption long enough for that bright blue laser to get right in there…

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