25 Tips for Living With Diabetes

25 Tips for Living With Diabetes

This holiday season I’m sharing the gift of tips — real tips from real people living with diabetes. Recently I was approached by a publisher to write a book of diabetes tips from medical professionals. Since those already exist, and most medical professionals don’t … Read more

Food for the Holidays

Esther's Feast (France 1774-1779)

Christmas and lights and / God is born man I / don’t get that part but / I accept like / gifts under the tree but / when did this become / He is born and now / we eat that’s really / more of a Jewish thing / no? I’ve been told / crime spikes and / suicide too lonely / people left alone but / for me what Read more

The AccuCheck Meter Blinked and then Flashed a Number: 6.2

The AccuCheck Meter Blinked and then Flashed a Number: 6.2

In my diabetes universe, blood sugars came in big, round numbers: 55. 110. 235. And each of those numbers told a story that, after ten years as a diabetic, I understood almost instinctually. You need sugar, or Your sugar is perfect, hold it right here, or More insulin! More insulin! Read more

Me ‘n My Pump

Me ‘n My Pump - priming at bus stop_drawing

My insulin pump is mostly a treasure. Except that lately it’s been driving. me. insane. PUMP IS NOT PRIMED NO DELIVERY This error message, with a vibrating Bzzzz, appears on my pump screen several times a week, and sometimes several … Read more

Thanksgiving Lessons Learned

Thanksgiving

There’s nothing like a break from school during which time you’re surrounded by tempting foods and lack of exercise facilities to teach you a few diabetes dos-and-don’ts. I’m approaching my seventeenth year with T1D, so you might consider me a … Read more

Grateful to be Running Again (if you can call it running)

Running Shoes - Blue

On November 2nd, the day I was supposed to run the New York Marathon, I decided to take my first run after a four-month break. I stopped running on July 4th, after a MRI showed I had a partially torn … Read more

My First Night on the Artificial Pancreas

My First Night on the Artificial Pancreas

It’s all so weird and like no other experience I’ve ever had.  Lights-out exactly at 11pm and it was a mad dash to brush my teeth in time. I felt like a kid and when my Dad would count to … Read more

Two Toddlers and Their Brother Speak Out for Type 1 Diabetes

Hanson T1 Diabetes Awareness Video

As many of you know, this is diabetes month. I haven’t written anything particular to honor the occasion. For as a poster declares outside of Central train station in Amsterdam, “For people with diabetes every day is diabetes day.” But … Read more

Stair Breaks

These stairs couldn't look less inviting

Unbelievably, we’re more than halfway through the month of November – how did that happen? In any case, this means that I’m in the beginning stages of hibernation. In a college student’s dictionary, this is defined as the following: Hibernation … Read more

Low-Carb Diet Recommended For Diabetics

Low-carb diet recommended for diabetics

A couple of months ago, a study in the journal Nutrition caught my eye. Titled “Low-carb diet recommended for diabetics,” the study laid out twelve pieces of evidence for why reducing carbs should be the first line of defense for … Read more

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