When Diabetes Technologies Fail

When Diabetes Technologies Fail

Does anyone else remember the scene in the early 90s movie, Reality Bites, where Winona Ryder’s character is on a job interview and someone asks her to define the word “irony”? And she’s in an elevator and she’s unable to get … Read more

What Obamacare Feels Like to a Diabetic

What Obamacare Feels Like to a Diabetic

Others have written much about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, means for diabetics. I will leave the analysis to the people who have done the research. I just want to tell you what Obamacare feels … Read more

Screening for Type 1 Diabetes: What’s a Mom To Do?

Trial Net Brochure

I recently visited my endocrinologist for a routine checkup. I was in the waiting area reading, texting, and, well, waiting. A woman who works at the office – she helps coordinate research – sat down next to me and introduced … Read more

A Diabetes Holiday in Italy


Last week we went on a long awaited trip to Italy. The trip was a family success, but a blood sugar disaster.  I love Italy but it seems my body, or at least my pancreas, doesn’t feel the same way. … Read more

Diabetes Jokes: Humorous or Hurtful?

Scott Malkinson

In today’s society, it seems that an automatic coping mechanism for the less-pleasant things in life (like diabetes) is to resort poking fun at it. But is there a point where diabetes jokes cross a line? Personally, I’ve learned to … Read more

Medtronic’s MiniMed 530G System with Low Glucose Suspend: FDA Approved

Medtronic’s MiniMed 530G System with Low Glucose Suspend: FDA Approved

Medtronic just announced FDA approval of its MiniMed 530G insulin pump with low-glucose suspend, the first step toward a full-blown artificial pancreas. How’s that for thrilling news?  I just got off a conference call with Nancy Katz, Medtronic’s vice president … Read more

12 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight for Good

12 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight for Good

You’re 10, 20, 30 or more pounds overweight and you’ve dieted, on and off, for years. You’ve lost weight and then put it back on and more. Why? Diets don’t work. Today we know diets don’t work. Even Weight Watchers … Read more

My Sugary Slip-Up


This past week, I’ve had a few high blood sugars that I couldn’t quite explain. Today, I finally discovered my problem: I accidentally bought and drank regular soda instead of diet. Whoops. I noticed a couple days ago that my … Read more

That’s So Random


When I was in high school, the phrase du jour was, “That’s so random.” For example: “OMG, did you see the dress she was wearing?”“Yeah, that was so random!” “Hmm, I want ice cream.”“That’s so random.” And so on. As … Read more

Drinking from the Nutrition Fire Hose: First Steps at Learning the Gluten-Free Diet

fire hose photo

 At the Massachusetts of Technology, where I work and teach, there is a well-known expression in our community about how it feels to be a student there. The educational experience is described as “drinking from the MIT fire hose.” There … Read more

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