2008: The Year in Diabetes

By Tara Dairman | December 30, 2008 4:29 pm

As the year draws to a close, we thought that we’d take a look back at the news stories, blog entries, recipes, and articles that were the most popular on DiabetesSelfManagement.com in 2008. Leave us a comment and let us know which ones were your favorites and why!

Top 5 Breaking News Stories
Here are some of the stories that made headlines in 2008.


1) Caffeine May Affect Blood Glucose Levels[1]
Caffeine may raise blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to a small study published earlier this year. Numerous readers confirmed that they’ve noticed this, too.

2) Drug Combo Linked to Increased Health Risks[2]

The news that taking a sulfonylurea and metformin together was associated with an increase in cardiovascular risk got a lot of people talking in August.

3) Kidney Disease: Learn the Symptoms[3]

Also in August, people familiarized themselves with the signs of diabetic kidney disease in time for Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week.

4) Byetta and Pancreatitis: What You Should Know[4]

A handful of pancreatitis cases in people taking the injected drug Byetta led the FDA to call for a labeling revision this past summer.

5) ADA’s New Guidelines OK Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss[5]

The American Diabetes Association accepted low-carb diets as an option for weight loss in people with diabetes early in 2008.

Top 5 Blog Entries
These were the most popular entries from each blogger in 2008.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket…Or On One Plate![6]

Amy Campbell’s coverage of a new study about eggs and diabetes risk interested a lot of readers.

Some Things Are Worse Than Sugar[7]

David Spero’s indictment of the artificial sweetener aspartame provoked comments on both sides of the controversy.

Rambling About Diet (and Diet Coke)[8]

Eric Lagergren’s tale of regular soda substituted for diet and his resulting high blood sugar inspired several people to share similar stories and possible solutions for this problem.

Parents Charged in Diabetes Death[9]

Over multiple blog entries, Jan Chait covered the unfortunate case of a child’s death from untreated Type 1 diabetes.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Tea[10]

An explanation of how tea may help lower blood glucose levels was this year’s most popular “What We’re Reading” feature.

Top 5 Recipes
How many of these popular recipes did you try?

1) Oven “fried” chicken[11]

This recipe for crispy baked chicken breasts was a hit with readers.

2) Crunchy broccoli salad[12]

Fresh broccoli is the star of this creamy, crunchy, low-carb salad.

Blueberry bliss[13]

This simple dessert lets the taste of fresh blueberries shine through.

4) Creamy potato–broccoli soup[14]

This is a warm, hearty soup for cool weather.

5) Mixed fruit smoothie[15]

This single-serve smoothie provides 2 ½ servings of fruit.

Top 5 Articles

Blood Glucose Monitoring was the top topic by far this year; three of the five most popular articles dealt with blood glucose meter use, the HbA1c test, and continuous glucose monitoring.

1) Blood Glucose Monitoring: What Do the Numbers Tell You?[16]

2) Strike the Spike: Controlling After-Meal Blood Glucose Highs[17]

3) H-B-A-1-C (What It Is and Why It Matters)[18]

4) Carbohydrate Factors: A Precise Method for Meal Planning[19]

5) Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Getting Started[20]

Thanks for a great 2008! We look forward to sharing more news, commentary, recipes, and articles with you in 2009, along with our exciting new sections, Diabetes Flashpoints[21] and Tip of the Day[22]!

  1. Caffeine May Affect Blood Glucose Levels: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Tara_Dairman/Caffeine_May_Affect_Blood_Glucose_Levels
  2. Drug Combo Linked to Increased Health Risks: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Tara_Dairman/Drug_Combo_Linked_to_Increased_Health_Risks
  3. Kidney Disease: Learn the Symptoms: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Tara_Dairman/Kidney_Disease_Learn_the_Symptoms
  4. Byetta and Pancreatitis: What You Should Know: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Tara_Dairman/Byetta_and_Pancreatitis_What_You_Should_Know
  5. ADA’s New Guidelines OK Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Tara_Dairman/ADAs_New_Guidelines_OK_Low_Carb_Diets_for_Weight_Loss
  6. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket…Or On One Plate!: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Amy_Campbell/Don_t_Put_All_Your_Eggs_in_One_Basket_Or_On_One_Plate
  7. Some Things Are Worse Than Sugar: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/David_Spero/Some_Things_Are_Worse_Than_Sugar
  8. Rambling About Diet (and Diet Coke): http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Eric_Lagergren/Rambling_About_Diet_and_Diet_Coke
  9. Parents Charged in Diabetes Death: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Jan_Chait/Parents_Charged_in_Diabetes_Death
  10. What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Tea: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Web_Team/Diabetes_and_Tea
  11. Oven “fried” chicken: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/Poultry/Oven_fried_chicken
  12. Crunchy broccoli salad: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/Salads_Dressings/Crunchy_broccoli_salad
  13. Blueberry bliss: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/Desserts/Blueberry_bliss
  14. Creamy potato–broccoli soup: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/Soups_Stews/Creamy_potato_broccoli_soup
  15. Mixed fruit smoothie: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/Beverages/Mixed_fruit_smoothie
  16. Blood Glucose Monitoring: What Do the Numbers Tell You?: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Blood_Glucose_Monitoring/Blood_Glucose_Monitoring
  17. Strike the Spike: Controlling After-Meal Blood Glucose Highs: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/High_Blood_Glucose/Strike_the_Spike
  18. H-B-A-1-C (What It Is and Why It Matters): http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Blood_Glucose_Monitoring/H_B_A_1_C
  19. Carbohydrate Factors: A Precise Method for Meal Planning: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Nutrition_Meal_Planning/Carbohydrate_Factors
  20. Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Getting Started: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Blood_Glucose_Monitoring/Continuous_Glucose_Monitoring
  21. Diabetes Flashpoints: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Flashpoints
  22. Tip of the Day: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/Tips/

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Tara Dairman: Tara Dairman is a former Web Editor of DiabetesSelfManagement.com.

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