Are Kids with Type 1 Diabetes “Special Needs” Children?

Are Kids with Type 1 Diabetes “Special Needs” Children?

A few days ago, I found myself telling a colleague that I couldn’t attend a conference, as I try not to travel much any more. “I have two young children,” I explained in an email, “and of them is a … Read more

College Diabetes Network at UMass Amherst, President

College Diabetes Network at UMass Amherst, President

Last week, I conducted the penultimate meeting of the semester of the UMass Amherst College Diabetes Network chapter (CDN). The meetings for the past couple years have been pretty small, and this week, it was no exception. Four people showed … Read more

Worst A1c Since Diagnosis, But It’s Coming Down

Worst A1c Since Diagnosis, But It’s Coming Down

After putting it off for as long as possible, I got my quarterly blood work done last Wednesday. I expected disappointing results and wasn’t very surprised with them when they came in. In a way, I was a little relieved. … Read more

Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas

Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas

I considered titling this “Anna Floreen Was Diabetes-Free for 5 Days,” because she was and now she’s not. And I’m curious what that transition has been like — picking up your chronic illness again after you dropped it from your … Read more

Life on Insulin: Lots of Planning, Little Success

Life on Insulin: Lots of Planning, Little Success

Normal people do normal things without planning.  Eat.  Sleep.  Run.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  When you live on insulin, though, it’s a totally different story.  Spontaneity tends to lead to disaster.  So, I plan.  This should mean I’m safe, right?  But for … Read more

Perfect 100 – A Reality or a Fantasy?

Perfect 100 BG

This morning, I woke up to a pleasant surprise: my blood sugar was 100, my target reading. Immediately, I couldn’t help but think about how when I was little, I would draw pictures of fireworks and smiley faces in the … Read more

I Feel Like a CGM

I Feel Like a CGM

My initials are JPA, not CGM.  Right?  But yet, more often than not, I feel like a continuous glucose monitor.  Like anyone who lives with or has a family member with type 1 diabetes – blood glucose numbers are a … Read more

5 Healthiest and 5 Unhealthiest Packaged Foods (According to FoodFacts.com)

5 Healthiest and 5 Unhealthiest Packaged Foods (According to FoodFacts.com)

Cream powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fat), “flavors,” saturated fats, sodium, controversial ingredients and added sugar. That was dinner for thousands, maybe millions, of babies and toddlers last night who ate Gerber Graduates Lil’ Meals Pasta Shells and Cheese. Most … Read more

7 Not A Charm: Running the Milano City Marathon with Diabetes

7 Not A Charm: Running the Milano City Marathon with Diabetes

I have all the excuses possible for running a bad marathon  – diabetes, a cold, allergies and a screwed up training schedule thanks to the twice postponed Tel Aviv marathon – but all of that doesn’t make me feel much … Read more

Milan, Diabetes Style

Milan, Diabetes Style

I’m in Milan using the slowest Internet since the days of dial-up.  For 25€ I can upgrade to a speed that might actually load the homepage of ASweetLife.  For 1,450€ I can buy the dress I like in MiuMiu.  For … Read more

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