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“Jerry the Bear” for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes: New & Improved!

Jerry the Bear is a pretty special fella. He isn’t just soft and cuddly. He isn’t just smiley and cute. This bear knows what it’s like to wear an insulin pump and receive insulin injections because Jerry the Bear is a bear with type 1 diabetes. And he’s here to help your kiddos with type 1 […]

Our 5 Favorite Diabetes Medical Alert Jewelry

Today is the American Association’s Diabetes Alert Day and we thought we’d bring up one safety aspect related to life with diabetes. Do you wear a medical alert ID? If not, you’re certainly not alone but, you may want to take the time to consider picking one out today. First responders are trained to search your whole body […]

3 Tricks to Not Let Type 1 Diabetes Ruin Your Diet and Weight Loss Goals

“Type 1 diabetes stops me from losing weight” is the number one excuse I hear when people say they are struggling to lose weight (seriously, my Instagram inbox is flooded with this statement/question). And while insulin can be a tricky hormone to work around when losing weight with type 1 diabetes, I’ve found that 99% […]

For Many With Diabetes, Doing Little Can Have a Big Effect

For those of us who are reasonably fit and exercise regularly, it is hard for us to imagine that people who are currently sedentary, unfit, or overweight can benefit metabolically from doing something like simply taking breaks from sitting. However, the research in this area is now compellingly clear. Individuals with the most to gain […]

What a Difference an Insulin Pump Makes

Back in November 2016, I started on a new chapter in my diabetic journey. The 9th of November was the day I ditched the insulin pens (MDI) and made the change to insulin pump therapy. Over the past few months, I have seen a lot of diabuddies on Twitter also start on various pumps. I […]

One Night with Type 1 Diabetes When We All Come Together

This weekend I was lucky enough to volunteer at JDRF’s One Night in Vegas in Long Island, New York. The night was fun-filled with delicious food, cocktails, auctions and Vegas-style gambling for fabulous prizes. But following this event, for me the phrase “one night” means so much more. It’s one night, when you can meet a […]

Medicare to Cover Dexcom CGM for People with Type 1 and 2 Diabetes on Insulin

Medicare will now be offering reimbursement for the Dexcom G5 Mobile System for people covered by Medicare who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and intensively manage their blood sugar levels with insulin. CMS has clarified their criteria for coverage and coding for the Dexcom G5 Mobile system which is the only therapeutic CGM […]

Everything Is Connected: Why It’s Not All About Blood Sugar

Everything is connected. No, this won’t be an essay on meditation and the Oneness of Being. It’s about the various organ systems in the body and how, the more we learn, the more we discover they’re all connected and communicating with each other. Physiology is usually taught around different systems: circulatory system, nervous system, skeletomuscular […]

Plan Your Conversation.

“Do you understand everything we’ve talked about?” Nods. “Do you have any questions?” Shoot.  I did, on the ride up here.  I had a whole pile of concerns and questions, but they disappeared awkwardly upon sitting in this chair.  And sometimes, even when I remember what I wanted to ask, I end up somehow caught up […] Plan Your Conversation. Show More Summary

Seven Months.

To my Little Guy, Suddenly, you’re not so little. Over the last few weeks, you’ve growth-spurted in a way that’s made every plant in this house super jelly.  Pajamas that once fit with room to spare are threatening to hulk out at the feet and your appetite is already edging towards the scary things that moms […] Seven Months. Show More Summary

'Medicinal food' diet counters onset of type 1 diabetes

Researchers have found -- for the first time -- that a diet yielding high amounts of the short-chain fatty acids acetate and butyrate provided a beneficial effect on the immune system and protected against type 1 or juvenile diabete...

Biomarker found that could help predict the onset of Type 1 diabetes

A significant finding has been made that has the potential to contribute to the identification of biological markers that predict the development of Type 1 diabetes, a chronic autoimmune disease.

Scientists discover new class of anti-diabetes compounds that reduce liver glucose production

A team of scientists has identified a new class of compounds that reduce production of glucose in the liver, which is linked to type 2 diabetes, the form of diabetes considered responsible for close to 95 percent of cases in the United States.

Implementing large-scale teleretinal diabetic retinopathy screening program

Can a large-scale, primary care-based teleretinal diabetic retinopathy screening (TDRS) program reduce wait times for screening and improve the timeliness of care in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the largest publicly operated county safety net health care system in the United States?

Why does the same exercise exert effects on individuals differently?

Selenoprotein P, a kind of hepatokine hormone secreted from the liver, has been found, through experiments with cultured muscle cells and mice and through clinical studies, to cause pathology named 'exercise resistance,' which prevents health promotion by physical exercise. Show More Summary

New Evidence Supports Extreme Carbohydrate Restriction for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance. Doesn’t that suggest to you that diabetics should reduce or avoid dietary carbohydrates? The new study at hand was done in Indiana, involving 262 folks with type 2 diabetes. Characteristics of the study subjects: average age 54 66% women BMI 41 (very overweight) average Hemoglobin A1c 7.6% The […]

Getting More Glucose Test Strips on a Budget

By Adam Brown Cash-pay strips with good accuracy and co-pay programs to save money Here are some tips for getting more test strips at a lower cost, either through insurance or by paying cash. Option 1: Pay cash and buy strips directly without insurance. Here are some accurate products that have lower cash-pay prices (listed in […]

Which drugs effectively treat diabetic nerve pain?

Certain antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs are among medications that effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, a federal health agency has found.

Merck and Amazon Partner to Create Virtual Diabetes Support Via Amazon Alexa

Using Amazon’s Echo, Alexa can tell you your blood sugar and hopefully do much more for people with diabetes in the near future. Amazon Web Services and Merck have partnered to work on ways in which those living with chronic illnesses may be helped by Amazon Lex, the learning technology that fuels Amazon’s Alexa. Amazon’s Echo is a […]

6 Protein-Packed Diabetic-Friendly Smoothies to Get You Ready for Spring

Smoothies have a fabulous way of tasting like a decadent treat, yet it’s easy to pack a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and protein into each one. And surprise! For those living with diabetes or prediabetes, these recipes offer a luscious taste with no added sugar. Talk about guilt-free snacking! The result of blending these healthy […]

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