When I featured the Joe Toucan Diabetes Project a few weeks ago, created by Hollywood producer and diabetes advocate Rocky Lang, I discovered that Rocky is not the only D-advocate in the LA-based Lang family. His 18-year-old daughter, Nikki, who was diagnosed at age 10, is a talented singer and songwriter whose most recent project is supporting the American Diabetes Association’s “Stop Diabetes” campaign. Nikki and her family have been involved with the American Diabetes…Read more »
Whenever I learn something new (diabetes-related), I like to share it here. Because I figure if I hadn’t heard about it — as I’m sniffing the air for D-news over the years — then lots of other PWDs out there probably haven’t heard about it yet either.
Today’s tidbit is about that famous diabetes activist Dr. Richard Bernstein, whose promotion of the utra-low-carb diet for diabetics has made him such a controversial figure.
How do you explain to a young child with diabetes why her parents are hurting her with finger pricks and insulin injections every day? Hollywood producer Rocky Lang is one dad who struggled with that dilemma. In 2001, his ten-year-old daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She handled her diagnosis remarkably well. But then a short time later, Lara, his ex-wife’s daughter from her new marriage, was diagnosed with diabetes at only 18…Read more »
Speaking of World Diabetes Day, coming up November 14, I discovered this cool series of YouTube videos that the International Diabetes Federation has been pumping out to catch people’s attention. They’re short and evocative, all supporting the slogan “Understand Diabetes, Get Involved.”
For example, this bit on “how many people have diabetes worldwide?” Do you know the number? I didn’t offhand, either:
Or this one, reminding folks to never let neuropathy sneak up on them…Read more »
Amy Johnson, now age 18, of Kansas City, Missouri, is the American Diabetes Association’s 2010 National Youth Advocate — which has got to be very exciting for any young person. She’s spending this year traveling around the country giving talks to encourage youth and adults alike “to get involved in the fight against diabetes.” The ADA even set up a blog for her.
I asked Amy to talk about what we all can and should…