World Diabetes Day, November 14: Take 14 Minutes to See the Power of Exercise

World Diabetes Day, November 14: Take 14 Minutes to See the Power of Exercise

Here’s one of the biggest secrets for controlling blood sugar if you have diabetes: Just 14 minutes of activity lowers blood sugar. Don’t take it from me, see for yourself. This Sunday at 2 p.m. (14:00 hours) if you have … Read more

Help Take Diabetes Out of the Closet

Help Take Diabetes Out of the Closet

November 1st ushers in Diabetes Month. Diabetes organizations are in full swing to raise public awareness about this preventable disease, spreading epidemic and fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Here’s the global symbol for World Diabetes Day, November … Read more

Eat Responsibly: Change The Way You Think About Food

Eat Responsibly: Change The Way You Think About Food

It’s Diabetes Awareness Month. For those of us with existing diabetes, we are aware of our disease 12 months out of the year, not just during November. But we can use this month to share what we know with others, … Read more

The Imperfect Miracle of Insulin

The Imperfect Miracle of Insulin

After all the years of living with my husband, I know him well.  So I know that when I hear him say the word, “shit,” I don’t need to pay any attention to it.  It’s a sign of a minor … Read more

High Altitude Diabetes, Part II

High Altitude Diabetes, Part II

As I noted in my previous post, I recently took my diabetes with me on a trip to Tibet. (I offered to let it stay home, but it refused.) In addition to the whole altitude sickness/swollen-brain thing, which seemed likely … Read more

High Altitude Diabetes

High Altitude Diabetes

I often feel like living with diabetes is an extreme sport. It may not involve much physical exertion, but the mental effort required — counting carbs, measuring exercise against insulin, worrying about lows while you sleep — is just as … Read more

A Symlin Conundrum: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A Symlin Conundrum: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

(Background: Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) Well, it has been not one but two weeks since I set up my Symlin experiment. Three vials, each with one part Symlin and ten parts Novolog insulin, set out on my desk, in the … Read more

Let the Symlin Games Begin!

Let the Symlin Games Begin!

(Background: Parts 1, 2, and 3) All right, folks. The time has come. I am taking the first steps toward trying to mix Symlin and insulin, in order to more closely imitate life with a working pancreas. I have my … Read more

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