In case you haven’t heard, famous butter-and-cream Southern supreme chef Paula Deen has announced that she is a type 2 diabetic… and that she has partnered with Novo Nordisk in a campaign promoting their drug, Victoza. The way the Internet is all abuzz with this news, you’d think President Obama had been diagnosed with diabetes. But apparently the fact that Paula Deen, renowned for her carb-laden cookbooks and television shows, now has type 2 diabetes…Read more »
Happy Martin Luther King Day, Nation! In the spirit of speaking up for what you believe in and speaking out on injustice, I have a little rant to share today:
My town of New York City really likes to get involved in the health of its citizens. From banning smoking in nearly all public places (most recently in public parks) to requiring restaurant chains with more than seven locations to display calorie counts, it seems…
Last month, I attended a meeting with the Helmsley Charitable Trust folks in New York, brainstorming with some community leaders on how we can best work together to make life better for people with type 1 diabetes everywhere. One of the folks I met on that trip was Merith Basey, the young, enthusiastic Director of International Operations at the Virginia-based non-profit organization AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad). Some things that Merith told me about…Read more »
When we first heard the term “diabulimia,” we thought it sounded like a made up word for a mythical condition — and in a way, it is. Starting around 2007, diabulimia has become the unofficial diagnosis of an insulin-dependent person living with an eating disorder who purposely stops taking their insulin in order to accelerate weight loss. Without insulin, super-high blood sugars lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which quickly burns off the body’s fatty acids.
In early November, I had the honor of speaking in front of the Utah Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. What a great group they are! Not least because the Utah Department of Health actually supports them by funding educational initiatives. I loved that they sought me out to speak about the DOC after one CDE on the planning committee noted: “Just thinking about my adult children that are 18, 20, 24 and…Read more »