The “No’s” of Hypoglycemia

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I woke up at 3:00 a.m. to the rustle of the plastic bag that Mike was trying to open.  “Are you okay?” I asked. “Yes,” Mike said.  “My blood sugar is 44.  I’m dropping.  I’m going to eat these Chomps.” … Read more

IDF Diabetes Video – Beware the Diabetes Dementors

IDF Diabetes Video – Beware the Diabetes Dementors

I had the opportunity to see Mike & Jess in person last week (what a treat!) and at some point our conversation turned toward the new IDF diabetes awareness video that Mike blogged about a few days ago. To refresh … Read more

Responding to Catherine – Does Diabetes Get Better?

Responding to Catherine – Does Diabetes Get Better?

Dear Catherine, You wrote just the other day about the constant struggle of exercise with diabetes. It made me think about many things, and I wanted to reply, but I had more to say than would fit in a comment, … Read more

Diabetes and Dementia: Is Metformin the New Aspirin?

Diabetes and Dementia: Is Metformin the New Aspirin?

Research suggests there is a close relationship between diabetes and dementia (and more specifically, diabetes and Alzheimer’s). I know I shouldn’t be worried about it since I’m well controlled and most of the data about diabetes and dementia refers to … Read more

Diabetes as Black Smoke: Does the IDF’s Scare Tactic Work?

IDF Black Smoke Video

Over the last few years there have been many arguments in the diabetes space about the use of scare tactics to motivate people to take care of themselves. There was the very unpleasant ad campaign with the (fake) amputee (which … Read more

Diabetes and Exercise, the Saga Continues

Diabetes and Exercise, the Saga Continues

I find that my life with diabetes revolves around several recurring themes, with issues around how to exercise with diabetes ranking high among them (see, for example, this blog post from last year, aptly titled “Morning Exercise and Diabetes”). It makes … Read more

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

In my last post, “What Doctors Feel…” I interviewed Dr. Danielle Ofri, an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and author of four books. Her latest book, What Doctors Feel is an insightful look at what medical professionals experience emotionally — how under-recognized and unaddressed these feelings … Read more

What Doctors Feel, An Interview with Danielle Ofri

What Doctors Feel, An Interview with Danielle Ofri

“When I was pregnant with my first child, I had to get an ultrasound and an amnio but I couldn’t find the office. I walked up and down the hallway of my own hospital and I couldn’t find where I … Read more

Do I Dare to Eat a Peach?

Do I Dare to Eat a Peach?

A few months ago, I had dinner with a group of people that included a woman who had a tattoo running down her arm in delicate script. At some point in the meal, someone asked her what it said. “It’s … Read more

Diabetes Is Making Me Fat

Diabetes Is Making Me Fat

It’s popular knowledge now in America that the obesity epidemic has given rise to an epidemic of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. In other words, (with the right genetic predisposition) being fat can make you a diabetic. What is … Read more

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