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Finding the High Blood Sugar Culprit

A few days ago, I was waxing poetic about how I had these really odd overnight highs that seemed to be for no good reason. I sort of (but not really) thought they could be connected to bubbles in my insulin pump cartridge reservoir. Or they could have been because of any number of extraneous […]

Diabetes and School: It’s That Time of Year Again!

Years ago there was a fabulous television commercial for Staples.  The Christmas song is playing (sing along with me), It’s the most wonnnnn-derrrrr-fullll tome of year…” and of course the camera pulls back to revel parents gleefully shopping for back to school supplies while showing the kids’ dour faces. Click here for the commercial. That time […]

What if I can't work?

From the very beginning of the Unspeakable Bits blog, I have written from the premise that information is the counter to fear. I believe that wholeheartedly, and while it is sometimes difficult to face ugly facts about living with multiple...Show More Summary

Simple Pleasures

When I was growing up, a television commercial for Van Camp’s pork and beans featured a song that has stuck in my head ever since: "Life’s simple pleasures are the best, all the little things that make you smile and glow…." As cornyShow More Summary

With MS, Ordinary Acts Become Feats Worth Celebrating

We don’t get to see the “beautiful game” of hurling much in West Kerry; this is Gaelic football country. The two games are not dissimilar in their rules, finesse, and skill required — and they can be equally confusing and brutal to the first-time observer. Each team’s supporters are staunch in their conviction to club and county. […]

Spasticity: Another Symptom of My New MS Normal

My wife, Caryn, was the first to notice one of the things that seems to be part of my new normal as I recover from my last MS “thing”: She asked me a couple of times about my left hand as I was doing (or trying to do) something that did not involve that appendage. While I […]

Did Lyme disease begin from Plum Island

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Obesity Rate Reaches Record High: 4 Out of 10 Women Obese

A new report to look at survey data revealed that in the US, 4 of every 10 women is now obese. Researchers noted in their study abstract published in the Journal of American Medical Association that between 1980 and 2000 obesity among men and women rose dramatically in the US. The study combines data from a 2013-2014 […]

Why Can’t Hollywood Get Diabetes Right?

I can still remember the first time I was disappointed in how a movie portrayed diabetes. I was young, watching Con Air on TV, and even as a young, relatively inexperienced diabetic, I found myself furious at the film for using diabetes as a way to heighten tension. In the years since Con Air first […]

1-Day Challenge: Your Mid-Year Goals Check-In!

Register today! BONUS: You’ll receive a Free Download of my 29-page eBook on thriving with diabetes and other special bonuses for webinar attendees only! ••••••• 1-Day Mid-Year Goals Check-In Challenge When is the last time you checked in with the health goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? How much progress have […]

At-Home Use of “Bionic Pancreas” Successful in Reducing Hypoglycemia

A new study found that an insulin-only (no glucagon) bionic pancreas successfully managed blood sugar levels with no difference in low blood sugar episodes when compared to a bionic pancreas that did include glucagon (glucagon is a hormone used to raise blood sugar when too low). The study results were presented at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) […]

If Diabetes was Personified, Who Do You Think It Would Look Like?

Did you ever wonder what diabetes would look like and sound like if it was personified? Would it be a raging monster with fire coming out of its nose?  Would it be a person who looks sweet enough to invite in and then devours everything in sight?  Would it be a kicking, screaming little kid that […]

Single Genetic Mutation Causes Rare Type of MS

I’ve had multiple sclerosis (MS) long enough to remember a few MS-isms that are now considered defunct. Pain, for example, was not considered an MS symptom when I was diagnosed. Now there are several types of pain recognized as associated with multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society even says, “Pain syndromes are common in […]

Research Acknowledges “Diabetes Burnout” & Methods for Prevention

Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, is a diabetes-focused psychotherapist, presenter, author and founder of DiabeticTalks and Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapy. He recently wrote about how people living with diabetes often reach periods of struggle with the tiring and ongoing nature of diabetes. Show More Summary

Running and Diabetes

I might have a bruise on my arm from an injection, and a pocket full of glucose tabs, but I am strong and graceful. I am a runner... The post Running and Diabetes appeared first on Diabetes Self-Management.

Setting Up My Dexcom G5 System: It Could Have Been Better

Yes, I’m one of those: I had a Dexcom G4 and was all excited about it the first few weeks and months and then my enthusiasm waned. But really there’s a very good reason. My life is generally very predictable and routine. I work at home, and so can control my food and exercise. So after […]

Diabetes and Driving: What I’ve Learned about Stereotypes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DadDDh_j6Ms The ability to drive is a lot like your pancreas, it turns out. You don’t miss it until it’s gone and then suddenly you’re lost without it. I recently discovered that having diabetes can put a major cramp on the ability to maintain a drivers license in some states–when my license was suspended for not […]

How MS Has Helped Me Perfect the Irish Goodbye

“Céad míle fáilte” is Irish for “a hundred thousand welcomes,” and boy is it put to use in these parts! When you arrive at someone’s house and are greeted with a firm, two-handed handshake and a direct look in the eyes, you also get a heartfelt, “Ye are very welcomed!” The Irish rituals of offering tea […]

Can Diabetes Drug Metformin Increase Number of Healthy Years, Extend Life?

The oral medicine metformin may be able to slow aging, increasing the number of healthy years a person can live and potentially expanding human lifespan to 120... The post Can Diabetes Drug Metformin Increase Number of Healthy Years, Extend Life? appeared first on Diabetes Self-Management.

With Multiple Sclerosis, I Miss the Office Holiday Party

Ho, Ho, Ho! Where’s the V.O.? The gifts are wrapped. The tinsel is strung. The Brussels sprouts are creamed, and the ugly sweater collected from the cleaner. Let the holiday festivities commence! But something is always missing for me at this time of year. Even if I’ve only ever technically worked in an office for [...]

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