Diabetes self-care is much more fun when I’m happy. It’s so much easier when I have a smile on my face. For a long time I thought negative emotions could be controlled or denied. I thought I could just put on a smile, and they would go away. But they didn’t. Then I ran across … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: 7 Behaviors You Need to Stop
About a month ago I was driving to Santa Cruz and noticed a tingling in my fingers. It got worse when I put my hands up on the steering wheel and better when I rested them on the bottom. During this two-hour drive, it was a struggle to keep my fingers from falling asleep. Soon … Continue reading Diabetes Health Flashback from the First Ever Diabetes Blogger: It All Started With Tingling Fingers
This is a hard column to write this month. I’ve been thinking all weekend of my wife’s mother, Carol, who is recovering from another diabetes-related complication. I often see diabetes-related stories in my own life as fodder for my column. But I haven’t written about Carol for a long time. She suffered from neuropathy, blindness … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Diabetes Complications Hit Home
Sandy was giving her son his evening dose of NPH insulin – something she had done many times. But as she finished pushing in the plunger, she said to herself, “That shot took too long.” She immediately realized that she had given Joey the wrong dose. In other words, by mistake, she had given him … Continue reading Readers Challenge Insulin Manufacturers: Help Us Avoid Near-Fatal Mistakes!
You can't have diabetes without knowing about the merits of exercise. One of the biggest merits is weight loss. I have been making an effort to lose weight, which means taking less insulin. The only way I can take less insulin is by eating less or exercising more. Experience tells me that the former doesn't … Continue reading Spencer Helps Me Exercise
A word of caution about the values used below. This study was conducted using people without diabetes. Some people with diabetes experience symptoms at higher glucose levels than the study suggests. Other people with diabetes appear to function well with blood sugars in the 30’s and 40’s (mg/dl). Therefore, the values in the study should … Continue reading Hypoglycemia: What Do You Feel In Your Body? What Do You Feel In Your Mind?
Today’s Wall Street Journal article on kidney donations highlights a topic that can be important to people with diabetes. Many people on donor recipient lists have diabetes. (Currently 75,000 people in the United States are awaiting organ transplants.) This article highlights a small religious sect whose members consider giving up one of their kidneys to … Continue reading Religious Group Tries to Donate Kidneys to Strangers
We’d like to call your attention to the superb investigative article in our Dec/Jan 2008 Professional issue, “The Crisis in Diabetes Education” by writer Amy Tenderich. Amy covers the many pressing problems in contemporary diabetes education, not the least of which is the difficult process encountered by new professionals in obtaining their CDE credential. Also … Continue reading How Can We Stop the CRISIS in Diabetes Education? Tell Us How!
For my contribution this month, I wanted to share an important lesson I learned about twenty years ago from Peggy Wong at the UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center. It concerns how long insulin lasts after you push down that plunger and create a “depot” of insulin under your skin. We know a shot of insulin does … Continue reading Why Smaller Shots of Insulin Get Absorbed Faster, Peak Sooner, and Are Out of Your System Quicker
It will soon be November, and National Diabetes Month will be hereonce again. It's a time when I like to reflect upon my past withdiabetes and try to look into the future. We've come a long waytogether, my diabetes and I, and I feel a great sense of gratitudewhen I think about how 33 years … Continue reading My Diabetes and I, Partners Through the Years