Diabetes Self-Management Blog

David Spero

David Spero

David Spero has been a nurse for 32 years and has lived with multiple sclerosis for 25 years. He is author of two books: The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness (Hunter House 2002), and Diabetes: Sugar-coated Crisis – Who Gets It, Who Profits, and How to Stop It (New Society 2006). He writes for Diabetes Self-Management and Arthritis Self-Management magazines. He is a project director with New Health Partnerships: Improving care by Engaging Patients, a project of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Your Year in Review

How Important is Diabetes to You?

Learning From Diabetes in Alaska

Compassion for Ourselves

Could Drug Shortages Hurt Diabetes Care?

Are We Flossing Yet?

Diabetes in Hard Times

Limits, Faith, and Diabetes

Who Do You Talk To?

Paying for Diabetes

Finding a Good Doctor

Diabetes and Your Gums

Is Continuous Glucose Monitoring Worth It?

Becoming a Grandfather

Fear, Anger, Action

Diabetes, Metformin, and Your Liver

Craving Carbs

Change Your Environment

How Blood Glucose Aware Are You?

Should You Be Tested for MODY?

Bored With Diabetes?

Sex in Vegas

Are There Any Good Carbs?

Sugar-Free Poetry

Faith Healing

Starvation Is No Diabetes Cure

Is Weight Loss a Good Goal?

Diabetes and Your Brain

Carbs, Diabetes, and Your Gut

Dance Out Diabetes

Diabetes? Start Vinegar Now!

Tibetan Medicine Worth a Look

Diabetes and Your House

Gastric Bands Too Dangerous

Cats or Dogs — Which is Healthier?

Why Stop Smoking?

Diabetes and Your Work

Touch as Medicine

Mobility Scooter Meltdown

Are You a Patient or a Person?

Where The Sugar Comes From

The Happiness Cure

The Mystery of Coffee and Diabetes

Diabetes Guilt

Immune From Diabetes Complications

Learning From Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery — Diabetes Cure?

Diet Soda and Diabetes

Diabetes and Your Hands

Stopping Diabetes Medicines

Accept or Change?

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Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring — Part 1: The Gear
Blood glucose self-monitoring is one of the keys to diabetes control. Here are the tools you need to carry out this task.

Perfectionism: An Impossible Goal in Diabetes Management
Striving for good self-care is important, but perfectionism can make diabetes care — and life — more difficult.

Recipes for Spring
Enjoy recipes for Baked salmon on beet greens, Tofu and snow pea slaw, Radish and cucumber salad, Spinach pinwheels, Beet salad with citrus dressing, and Stuffed berries.

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