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Making Your Diabetes Patients Smile

By Nancy Barton, RN, CDE, Fit4D Certified Diabetes Educator Diabetes takes a toll on the entire body, but it can also increase a patient’s risk of dental disease. Gum disease can worsen when blood sugars are not under control and, in turn, gum disease can make diabetes harder to control. A study in the Journal of the […]

The “Freedom” of Diabetes Tech

It all started out innocently enough on the first day of diabetes camp. “I can eat anything I want,” exclaimed Joey, a 14-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes.  He had recently gotten a Medtronic 670g, the hybrid closed loop insulin pump that automatically adjusts the basal insulin release in reaction to blood sugar levels, although […]

A New and Improved Glucagon for Severe Low Blood Sugar Treatment?

Glucagon is the hormone that together with insulin, keeps blood sugar levels tightly managed in people without diabetes. If blood sugar gets too low, glucagon, in conjunction with other hormones in the body, is secreted to raise it. People with type 1 diabetes and some with type 2 diabetes who use blood sugar lowering medications […]

The Stomach Flu…Not Again!

I was actually in the middle of writing a post about how we deal with diabetes when Q has performances, but I thought the topic of stomach flu would be appropriate this time of year. The stomach flu has hit Q for the third time this winter. And of course it picked the absolute worst day to […]

It’s All About Speed: My Afrezza Experience

By Gary Scheiner MS, CDE Anyone who has heard me speak knows that I like to put the term “rapid acting insulin” in quotes (like I just did) because, as we all know, rapid acting insulin is a misnomer. Subcutaneous injections of aspart (Novolog/NovoRapid), lispro (Humalog), or glulisine (Apidra) produce an action curve that lags […]

Researchers Say this Drug May Treat Chest Pain and Diabetes

Researchers have found that the anti-anginal drug called ranolazine may help those not only with angina but type 2 diabetes, as well. Angina is very common in the United States. It is chest pain having to do with the heart and is an early warning sign of heart disease. The researchers reviewed reports that mentioned […]

The Gray Area

“Diabetes makes you a hero!  You’re pinch-hitting for a busted pancreas, and you’re kicking ass!  Nothing can stop you!  Climb mountains, run marathons, compete, destroy threats, take no prisoners!  The world is your oyster, and even with a busted pancreas, you remain the pearl!” We see that.  Or we hear … “Diabetes will eat you alive.  Busted pancreas is only...

Making Sense of the Glycemic Index

Mid-October, I went to the DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference Alexandria, Virginia. (See my disclaimer at the end.) One of the outstanding presentations I attended was Thriveabetes 2016 speaker Gary Scheiner’s presentationShow More Summary

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Changing Your Eating Environment Might Help You Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists looked at 54 studies to find out which behavior changes and specific dietary interventions for those with type 2 diabetes seemed to influence changes in A1c levels and body weight. They searched the following databases: The Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Embase, PubMed, PsycINFO, and Scopus. They chose randomized, controlled trials which were published between 1975 […]

Gaining or losing weight alters molecular profile in humans

The human body undergoes dramatic changes during even short periods of weight gain and loss, according to a new study.

Women who have gestational diabetes in pregnancy are at higher risk of future health issues

Women who have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy have a higher than usual risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease in the future, according to new research.

What to Do When You Get Sick

Consult with your physician for specific medical advice before making treatment decisions if you do get sick. Sick days aren’t fun, especially for people with diabetes. When you find yourself looking up at the toilet lid after a day of nothing but Gatorade and high blood sugars, what can you do to get well? Being […]

Increase Your Vitality in Winter

So I’ve been here in the U.S. now for nearly three months and boy is it freezing. I love romping around in the snow, but I’m not loving how the colder weather affects my blood glucose (BG) levels. I’ve been trying to get my basal dose just right but it’s tricky. Some days I’m super […]

The Role of Peer Support in Youth Type 1 Diabetes Management

We know that children value and expand the importance they put on peer relationships as they grow older. In a recent study, researchers sought to look into youths with type 1 diabetes and how positive and negative peer variables might influence diabetes outcomes over the course of a year. In a two-wave longitudinal study, researchers […]

Scientists unleash power of genetic data to identify disease risk

Massive banks of genetic information are being harnessed to shed new light on modifiable health risks that underlie common diseases. Researchers have pioneered a method to integrate data from multiple large-scale studies to assess risk factors such as body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol levels, and their association with diseases including type two diabetes and heart disease.

Diabetes Inktrospectives: Jeanette’s Centaur

By Jeanette Mendoza What made you decide to get a diabetic themed tattoo? Type 1 diabetes entered my life when I was 8 years old, and it’s fair to say that I don’t quite remember life without diabetes. I wanted a tattoo that symbolized my life and the way it should be lived: fearless, unstoppable, and […]

Designing for Diabetes: An Interview with Natalie Balmain

Natalie Balmain is a fashion designer from England, and the creative force behind Type 1 Clothing. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 20, and this was ultimately her inspiration behind her debut line, designed to help people manage their multiple daily injections more easily and wear insulin pumps more comfortably. Natalie has raised money for...

Facebook Live Q&A with the Juicebox Podcast

Scott, the host of the Juicebox Podcast, recently hopped online to do a Facebook Live session to take questions from listeners. Listen to this episode to listen to the wide variety of questions and answers. Scott gives his advice and speaks from his own experience dealing with diabetes. Listen Now

The Link Between Depression and Severe High and Low Blood Sugars

In a recent study, researchers stated that severe high and low blood sugar levels are “serious complications of type 1 diabetes (T1D)”, and said that the relationship between depression and extreme blood sugars hasn’t been studied much in those with type 1 diabetes. So they conducted a study to look at the “bidirectional associations between […]

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