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Diabetes Health Type 1: Sometimes I Worry That I Am Just Not That Great at Managing Diabetes

I watch all these friends with diabetes that totally own their diabetes. They appear to master it. They have gadgets and gizmos, and they know how to use them. Their lines on their blood sugar graphs look amazingly flat and steady. I’m not sure if they do master it, or they are just posting a … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: Sometimes I Worry That I Am Just Not That Great at Managing Diabetes

Diabetes Health Type 2: Our Vast Numbers Are Our Advantage

I’ve never met anybody who is happy to have diabetes. They may be happy about having successfully adjusted their lives to it. Or grateful that there’s a broad range of drugs to help them deal with it, but no joy about the disease itself. Some of those drugs can be expensive, at least from the … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Our Vast Numbers Are Our Advantage

Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!

The other day, sitting in the shade and scratching my dog’s ears, I thought about some of the surprising developments over the past few in treating and managing type 2 diabetes. By surprising, I mean unexpected, unanticipated, serendipitous things that came out of research labs and hospitals from studies that started focused on one outcome … Continue reading Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!

Diabetes Health Type 1: What People with Type 1 Diabetes Can Learn from Type 2s

Admit it, Type 1s. In weaker moments, you look down your noses at the Type 2 diabetics. You know that their disease can result from poor lifestyle choices. You know that their treatment regimen, compared with yours, is simple. And you’re really tired of folks telling you: “Oh, my grandfather had diabetes, too!” “It’s almost … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: What People with Type 1 Diabetes Can Learn from Type 2s

Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Crashing My Birthday Party

I would like to ban Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease from my birthday. If only it were that easy. I turned 40 the other day and though, I always celebrated birthdays and felt accomplished for being alive and well as a person with diabetes, this one didn’t feel as positive. My husband and I … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Crashing My Birthday Party

Diabetes Health Type 2: A Nutty Way to Help Control Diabetes

Carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, as well as contribute to weight gain.  A recent study shows that eating two ounces of raw, dry, or roasted nuts daily as a replacement for two ounces of other carbohydrates may control blood sugar levels and cholesterol in type 2 diabetes without packing on … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: A Nutty Way to Help Control Diabetes

Diabetes Health Type 1: You Can Have Your Cake and Go Low Too

Oh diabetes, this is not a good time! It’s never a good time for a diabetes tantrum, but when I’m at work, I don’t have time to play games. I have had diabetes for over 21 years, and it’s rarely ever kept me from being able to do my job. The other day, I had … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: You Can Have Your Cake and Go Low Too

Living With Type 1 Diabetes: I Hear You, But I’m Not You

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly 14 years. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, battled diabulimia, survived numerous insulin shock comas and ketoacidosis episodes, and struggled with acceptance: I have my scars. Despite these mistakes, I’ve picked myself up countless times and have prevailed. I’ve persevered with a disease that doesn’t … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: I Hear You, But I’m Not You

Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Amina’s Pas de Deux

Amina Kolenc knew as soon as she could walk that she wanted to be a ballerina. And she wasn’t going to allow a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 5 and a half – several years after she started studying dance – to derail her dreams. “All I ever wanted to do was ballet, … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Amina’s Pas de Deux