365 Days of Type 1 Diabetes

365 Days of Type 1 Diabetes

It’s now been a year since Bisi was diagnosed. In the weeks leading up to the anniversary, I found myself thinking over and over again about that time: the growing fear that something was wrong mixed with the lingering hope … Read more

The Monthly Cost of Type 1 Diabetes Care

The Monthly Cost of Type 1 Diabetes Care

Last time I went to my endo, we discussed my preparations for pregnancy. After that appointment I realized just how fortunate I am to have the luxury of using an insulin pump. This little device, my sidekick, always in my … Read more

Updates from Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trials: ADA 2013

Updates from Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trials: ADA 2013

Hot off the press– my raw notes from the American Diabetes Association 2013 on immunotherapy trials in type 1 diabetes. My apologies that these are unedited and not guaranteed– but let me know if anything you see piques your interest, … Read more

Diabetes Memories: The Day I Mixed Up My Insulin Pens

Diabetes Memories: The Day I Mixed Up My Insulin Pens

I’ve had many memorable diabetes days and moments over the past eleven years since diagnosis (although I’m not sure I actually remember diagnosis day very clearly, since I was in shock).  From running my first marathon, and then six more, … Read more

Dietary Fat and Blood Sugar: Should I Bolus for Fat?

Fat and Blood Sugar- Do I need to bolus for this?

Say it isn’t so… A study of dietary fat and blood sugar suggests I might need to bolus for fat!  According to a Joslin study whose findings appeared in the April issue of Diabetes Care, dietary fat can affect blood … Read more

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

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

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

The Loneliness of Type 1 Diabetes

The Loneliness of Type 1 Diabetes

Yesterday, Mark, Jamie, and I each got separate letters from the Joslin Diabetes Center saying that the results of our screening tests for type 1 diabetes were negative. This does not mean that we are totally in the clear, but … Read more

They cured diabetes in dogs?

They cured diabetes in dogs?

Last month, the news started circling: they cured diabetes in dogs! Mice we hear about often– but dogs is new and exciting. So what’s the story there? The publication in question is “Treatment of Diabetes and Long-term Survival Following Insulin … Read more

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