Diabetes Self-Management Blog

We are pleased to announce that The Diabetes Self-Management Blog has won two 2007 Diabetes O.C. Blog Awards: “Best Blog,” and “Best Diabetes News Blog.” These distinctions are especially meaningful to us because they have been awarded by the very people we exist to serve: our readers. Many thanks to all who took the time to vote.

The complete list of winners is available at The Official Diabetes O.C. Web site. It includes several blogs that we have linked to in our “What We’re Reading” series, including Six Until Me, Diabetes Mine, David Mendosa’s Blog, and Diabetes Daily. We are very glad to be recognized in such good company.

The Diabetes Self-Management Blog strives to be a resource for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, people who have had diabetes for a long time and are truly self-care experts, people have just been diagnosed and are trying to get a handle on the whole thing, and everyone in between. Our unique format, featuring a post from a different blogger each weekday, allows our readers to read about (and respond to) stories of daily life from people with diabetes, tips and advice from health-care professionals, and the latest diabetes news and research developments.

In addition to our readers, we thank our intrepid bloggers, Amy Campbell, Jan Chait, Joe Nelson, and Andy Stuckey, for their consistently good work. We also thank The Diabetes O.C. for organizing the awards and the most comprehensive directory of diabetes blogs on the Internet.


  1. Hi Tara!

    I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but I had totally missed the boat on this great site you’ve got here!!! So sorry about that - I’ve missed a lot of good stuff!

    Congratulations on the awards, and count on me as a loyal reader from here on out.

    Take care!

    Posted by Scott K. Johnson |
  2. I just recently began to use insulin injections. I’m an expert skier and am headed to Colorado to ski the back bowls at 12,000 ft and below 0 temps. I’m concerned about carrying insulin pens next to my body. If I take a bad fall things could go bad fast. How else can I keep them from freezing? Anyone have any experience with this? Any suggestions?
    Ski Dog

    Posted by Ski Dog |
  3. Hi Ski Dog,
    Insulin pens are an easy and convenient way to deliver insulin, as you’ve probably discovered by now. However, as with any insulin, you do need to take precautions to prevent it from getting too hot or from freezing. You need to keep your insulin pen as close to your body as possible at cold temperatures. Does your ski jacket have an inside pocket? If not, see if someone can sew a pouch inside for you. Also, there are various insulin storage container companies, including a company called Medicool (). I believe they make a container for insulin pens. The pens themselves are pretty durable, so if you fall, you’re unlikely to break them. Since you ski a lot, in the future, you might consider alternate ways of delivering insulin, such as an insulin pump. Check out , which makes a disposable pump that you wear right on your skin. Good luck!

    Posted by acampbell |
  4. hi

    i need to find a way to test BG levels in the cold. i can keep my monitor under my shirt and it stays warm enough to test with, but something about the cold air makes the reading extremely low. i don’t know if it’s the blood freezing or something on the test strip is freezing.

    when i tested outside in -8 celsius the metre reads ridiculously low numbers like 1.4 mmol/l. if i test inside something like a ski hut, the same metre reads 20 mmol/liter! (very high due to the sugar i consumed in the panic of my earlier readings…)

    does anybody have a suggestion of what else i can do? have they dealt with this also?

    what’s the best monitor for cold temperature testing? will visual strips even work in the cold? would a CGM work? i don’t want to have to stop ski touring…

    thanks for any advice.

    Posted by Cold in Canada |

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