Category Archives: Personal Story

Type 1: The Emotions That Come With Diabetes

Having diabetes can produce a whole series of feelings and emotions. Examining these “emotional aspects” will help us take care of ourselves both psychologically and physically. In this column, Daryn Stier addresses some of the issues that often arise among people with diabetes and their family and friends. How can I handle my insulin reactions … Continue reading Type 1: The Emotions That Come With Diabetes

Diabetes Health Type 2: Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

It appears that I am an a typical diabetic. I am a type 2 who was not obese at the time of diagnosis at age 44. In addition, I wound up on insulin within six months of diagnosis, after I had made a good faith effort to maintain my blood sugars with diet, exercise, and … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Is High Blood Sugar a Legitimate Cause of Emotional Instability?

Flashback Diabetes Health Type 1: Adventure Of A Lifetime

You reach a point in your life when it’s time to set an awesome goal for yourself. I was at that point when I saw an ad for the California AIDS Ride 2, a seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. They called it “the adventure of a lifetime,” and they were right! … Continue reading Flashback Diabetes Health Type 1: Adventure Of A Lifetime

Is That Soda Really Sugar-Free? Test It With Tes-Tape Before You Drink

Carol Whitton of Coral Springs, Florida, discovered that her blood sugar often increased sharply after she drank a diet soda while dining in a restaurant. So she started to test her diet drinks for sugar, a practice she learned from watching the “Living With Diabetes” television program. Carol found that many times her sodas contained … Continue reading Is That Soda Really Sugar-Free? Test It With Tes-Tape Before You Drink

Keep Your Eyes -on the Prize-Play the Odds, Simplify Your Life, -Live Longer and Better-

There exists today an unprecedented amount of medical information for people with diabetes: the magazine you are holding, the Internet, television, radio-even billboard ads. We are inundated. In addition to the uninterrupted wave of information, we also have far more treatment options at our disposal. Within my HMO, for instance, you will find practitioners of … Continue reading Keep Your Eyes -on the Prize-Play the Odds, Simplify Your Life, -Live Longer and Better-

Women Balancing Family and Diabetes-An Invitation to Take Control

The actions of Dawn Prindall’s preschooler brought home to her the importance of diabetes education for people with diabetes and their families. Prindall, a mother of two small children who lives in Orr’s Island, Maine, has type 2 diabetes and was prone to low blood glucose while she was pregnant and during the postpartum period. … Continue reading Women Balancing Family and Diabetes-An Invitation to Take Control

A Go-Getter-Woman With Type 1 Diabetes Uses Athletics and Music to Live Life to the Fullest and Resist Complications

Wanna be an athlete? Wanna be a rock star? Lauran Gangl has done a little bit of both-without letting her type 1 diabetes get in the way. Lauran, a 28-year-old native of Scotland who now resides in southern California, wears many different hats-as the founder of both an ocean water-safety school and an indie rock/pop … Continue reading A Go-Getter-Woman With Type 1 Diabetes Uses Athletics and Music to Live Life to the Fullest and Resist Complications

The Diabetes Blues-A Musician With Type 2 Diabetes Sings His Way Down the Road to Good Control

A low-lit bar with warm brown leather couches and an audience that’s captured, utterly amused. That’s the kind of crowd that Jackie Payne, blues singer with a career spanning over three decades, faces every Friday evening. Not such a bad deal for a musician whose livelihood was seriously threatened six years back, when he was … Continue reading The Diabetes Blues-A Musician With Type 2 Diabetes Sings His Way Down the Road to Good Control

Every Conversation Counts-One Man Spreads the word about the Importance of Control

by Radha McLean What’s so unusual about the life of Charles Ray III? His story is a simple one-about a man from Raleigh, North Carolina who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 22 years without developing a single complication. Ray maintains consistently low A1c levels (averaging between 6% and 7%) and leads a life … Continue reading Every Conversation Counts-One Man Spreads the word about the Importance of Control

Control In Motion-Get On Board the “Diabetes Bus”

For Kim Hanchette, MEd, CDE, keeping up with the diabetes Joneses has never been a problem. With the conclusion of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial in 1993, Hanchette says most doctors in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, had come to embrace the concept of self-management. As a CDE at an outpatient clinic there, … Continue reading Control In Motion-Get On Board the “Diabetes Bus”