5 Reasons I’m Thankful for Type 1 Diabetes

5 Reasons I'm Thankful for Type 1 Diabetes
I’ve spent a lot of time wondering if I would be the same me without diabetes. It’s not that diabetes defines me, but I do believe that it has helped shape me into a person I am proud to be. And is there anything wrong with admitting that life with the bêtes brings us some good as well? So, here it is, my list of things I’m thankful for, that have come from living with type 1 diabetes. Read more

My Type 1 Diabetes is Not My Fault

My Type 1 Diabetes is Not My Fault
In addition to telling the world that autoimmune conditions are a result of self-loathing (as a person with three autoimmune conditions, I clearly despise myself!), Sarah Wilson also writes about a magical talent she has. So magical, that I am unable to understand why she is not teaching at Hogwarts. Read more

10 Amazing Diabetes-Inspired Challenges (My Diabetes Bucket List)

Traveling with Diabetes: Machu Picchu Inca Trail
Let's make something perfectly clear: Just because I have a diabetes bucket list does not mean that my death and diabetes will have anything to do with each other. Far from it. When I die (and that will not be soon, thank you very much), it will be of old age and nothing else. Read more

Using Type 2 Diabetes Medication to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Using Type 2 Medication to Treat Type 1 Diabetes
There have been a number of new developments in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and a question often asked is whether some of the type 2 therapies might be beneficial for people with type 1 diabetes. For example, several years ago, one of my patients with type 1 diabetes was having trouble with weight and with blood glucose control on a basal-bolus insulin combination. We added metformin, and his blood sugars appeared to get a bit better. Read more

Diabetes Alert Dogs: What You Should Know

Nathan with his Diabetes Alert Dog 1
Cynthia Hatch, a mother in Brookfield, Wisconsin, is convinced that her family’s diabetes alert dog Sunny, a golden retriever/Irish setter mix, has saved her son Nathan’s life multiple times. Nathan has all the latest diabetes gear: a CGM tied into a pump that automatically shuts off when his glucose goes below a certain level. But he also has a rare combination of type 1 diabetes and Addison’s disease, another autoimmune condition where hormonal imbalances can cause severe and precipitous... Read more

Seven Steps to a Diabetes Friendly Fridge

Refrigerator home
A clean, well-stocked refrigerator may be the last thing you associate with better diabetes control. But it can make a bigger difference than you think. In addition to providing an efficient and functional space for healthy food and insulin storage, a spotless and organized refrigerator can keep you from getting sick. People with diabetes are at higher risk for developing serious complications from foodborne illnesses. Read more

Cities Changing Diabetes: Houston Leads the Way

Houston Skyline - Buffalo Bayou Bridge
For the first time, private and public stakeholders will come together to analyze the urban diabetes problem and develop coordinated solutions. With a population of over 2 million people, Houston is the fourth largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Over 11% of adults in the Houston area have diagnosed diabetes, more than the Texas state average of 8%. Read more

Orgenesis Receives New Patent for Potential T1D Cure

Orgenesis - cartoon by Jennefir Jacobs
The liver and pancreas originate from the same embryonic lineage – the endoderm. In fact, both organs develop from the same original group of cells in the embryo. Because of this, they also share many genetic transcription factors and – perhaps most importantly – they each have a built-in glucose sensing system. Read more

A Father’s Letter to His Son, Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

Mason Levine - Home
Diabetes is so new, and the pain of it coming into our lives is still fresh. The sleepless nights are the only thing that’s consistent. I hate the feeling of running on fumes. If I don’t stay healthy, I can’t make sure you stay healthy. I am trying to put things in place to make sure that you do. Read more
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