Economic Force: Salute Diabetica!

Last night my husband said: “There are more diabetics in this country than there are people in The Netherlands.” Now this may not mean that much to you, but we lived in that country for nearly three years. My second child was born there. And I’m picturing all of the 16.5 million bike-riding, cheese-eating masses pressing buttons on their insulin pumps and priming their pen needles, toting monitors and counting carbs.
No, really. Imagine, an…

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Diabetes Podcasts

GOT AUDIO? It seems that the first-ever dedicated Diabetes Podcast service made its debut this summer, when Type 1 diabetic Christel Marchand and associates launched Diabeticfeed — a great weekly program of news and diabetes info. Last week dLife announced its own, extensive dLife Podcast program featuring host Janis Roszler interviewing an array of diabetes experts and celebrities.
Wow! We really have arrived. Specialized programming for people with diabetes is now available via nearly every…

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Carnival of Compassion No. 3: Reaching Out

Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth! The newly launched Carnival of Compassion (edition No. 3 here), the definitive showcase of how insta-publishing technology is allowing people with all variety of afflictions to reach out, share, inform and care for one another.
According to the Wall St. Journal, no one officially tracks patient blogs, but “there are ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people blogging about illnesses, caring for parents, dealing with end-of-life issues and pregnancy,” estimates…

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How to Start Jogging, in 3 Easy Steps

Did you read the header and think, “Oh SHUUUT UP”? Yeah. Getting started with exercise can be grueling if you’re not used to it. But once you find a rhythm, you will likely be amazed at how good it makes you feel. HONEST! For people with diabetes, it also means the difference between super-strict diet/high insulin doses and the opposite. I know it’s hard to find time. So that’s how I discovered jogging — possibly…

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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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