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Which is More Scary: High or Low Blood Sugar?

Which is scarier: high or low blood sugar? I asked this question on Facebook, curious to see what people had to say. Most people, regardless of their type of diabetes responded that low blood sugar levels were the scariest. There is a good reason for that. Low blood sugar symptoms are intense because they are an emergency […]

The Advocacy Game: No One Wins if No One Plays

I had the opportunity, recently, to be in Washington DC. I love Washington DC and it is one of the most exciting places on earth. So much happens there and whether you love or hate whoever is in office does not change the fact how much occurs on any given day. While I was there, […]

More Drugs, More Devices Don’t Equal Better Diabetes Care

By Gary Scheiner MS, CDE Over the past 30 years, I’ve done more than just consult patients with diabetes. I’ve also lived with it personally. Over that time, I’ve seen tremendous developments in the way we treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes: innovative new classes of diabetes medications, improved insulin formulations, high-tech delivery […]

Sharing Diabetes in the Workplace

Every so often these days, I see someone post a question, either on Facebook or on Twitter, that goes something like this: Has anyone had any experience sharing your diabetes with people at work? Do I have an obligation to tell my boss? My co-workers? That’s a lot to ask all at one time. If […]

Balancing My Blood Sugars During a CrossFit Workout

Well so far today, the score is diabetes- 1, Allison- 0. Being able to get to the gym every morning, and crush my workout while keeping my blood sugars in range is always a double victory. Today, diabetes reared its ugly head and I had to leave with my tail between my legs. This has […]

Study Looks at How to Help People With Diabetes Drive Safer

A study looked at ways to help identify and support people with diabetes with safe driving using an online assessment tool. Researchers developed and confirmed a way to pinpoint which drivers with type 1 diabetes were at a high risk for “driving mishaps” as well as an online intervention program to help lower this risk. Are […]

Dealing with Overnight Low Blood Sugars.

Quick confirmation:  Yes, you are reading this on the Internet.  No, this website is not written by a doctor.  Or a medical professional of any kind.  (Or a professional of any kind.) This is not medical advice.  I have been living with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and this is just how I […] Dealing with Overnight Low Blood Sugars. Show More Summary

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Confession time. I really struggle with this low carb thing. Not for me, of course. I am fully on the low carb bandwagon and I don’t find it a hardship to eat this way. But for my family, it isn’t quite so simple. I have 3 hungry children and a very tall, VERY hungry husband. […]

Never Be Ashamed for Being Different

Throughout my school years, I hid my diabetes from my peers. I felt embarrassed and ashamed for having a disease that was easily misunderstood. When I went to class, I never came fully prepared for a low blood sugar. I wouldn’t check my blood sugar or administer insulin in front of people. If I had […]

Are Cough and Cold Products Safe for People with Diabetes?

By Elise Swenson, Fit4D CDE It’s that time of year again. Stuffy noses, scratchy throats, upset tummies, and splitting headaches can send even the most stoic among us to the local drugstore for a magic pill to take away the pain. The fluorescent aisles of brightly colored bottles promising fast relief can seem daunting. Are […]

The Edelman Report: Diabetes and Your Menstrual Cycle

On this episode of The Edelman Report, Dr. Steve Edelman has a fellow endocrinologist as a guest: Dr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola to talk about the subject of diabetes and a woman’s menstrual cycle. She and Dr. Edelman discuss the ways the menstrual cycle affect blood sugar levels and the key to figuring out how to […]

The One About the Gym.

UUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHH the one about the gym. Dude, I wanted to start this post with a story about how hard it’s been to regain traction with losing the baby weight and then end with a BAM I NO LONGER WANT TO BURN MY SHAPEWEAR IN A BONFIRE. Show More Summary

Insomnia: The Diabetes Kind

I stir in my sleep. Not like stirring on a fresh morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep. But rather stirring, as a result of nocturnal discomfort. I open my eyes and squint at the bright red display of the clock radio sitting beside my bed, which reads 2.12am. I feel hot. I’m not sweating. I […]

Exploring the Dynamic Emotions and Challenges of Living with Diabetes

On today’s DiabetesPowerShow, Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, and Lori Cherry are broadcasting from the offices of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego, California. We are honored to speak with William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE and Susan Guzman, PhD. Today, it’s all about what we at DiabetesPowerShow refer to as the people with Type 3 […]

Muscle Cramps: Inevitable or Preventable?

If you experience painful, involuntary contractions of your muscles, you’re having a muscle cramp. They can occur in any muscle but are most common in the legs, feet, and muscles that cross two joints, such as your calf muscle (the gastrocnemius, which crosses your knee and your ankle joints), quadriceps and hamstrings (the front and […]

Four Simple Ways You Can Change the Conversation About Type 2 Diabetes

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is often a shock, bringing a time of uncertainty and transition. The primary focus during this time is on what needs to be done to manage the new condition, but as we regain our footing and begin to open our eyes to the world around us once again, we […]

Study: One Diet Soda Per Day May Increase Risk for Dementia and Stroke

A new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke found that diet sodas were linked to a higher risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found the risks for dementia and stroke were higher in those who had a more recent and higher intake of diet sodas. In fact, […]

Wildflowers, Wildlife, and Diabetes in the Wild

My spring has been filled with wildflowers on the hiking trail and wildlife in the neighborhood. I’ve seen hillsides of yellow poppies along with purple desert lupines, orange globe mallow, red Indian paintbrushes, and white soaptree yucca blooms. I’ve seen snakes, lizards, javelina, coyotes, and recently a bobcat while on an after-dinner bunny hunt with […]

What I Did On My Bloggy Vacation.

Whoa – this was the longest unintentional blog break I’ve taken in ages. Maybe ever. And it’s not like I didn’t have diabetes-related things to say or conversations I wanted to contribute to. I just didn’t feel like writing. Which is weird. Show More Summary

Another Study Demonizes Red Meat: Is It Justifiable?

If you hear elsewhere about a recent study blaming red meat for kidney failure, be aware that the headline should read “pork.” Read on for details. Wait, what? I thought pork was “the other white meat.” First, they told us red meat caused cancer. Then cardiovascular disease. Then diabetes. And now kidney failure. Why eat […]

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