Paula Deen is facing the music, on the eve of her birthday nonetheless (tomorrow). She and her publicist must have had a phone-a-thon today as she made herself available to the media, inevitably to answer to accusations of hypocrisy, profiteering, and just being a downright bad role model for people with diabetes everywhere. I got a scant 15 minutes on the phone with her, and all I can say is, she sure sounded like a…Read more »
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.