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Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10. Twenty-eight years later, she is a proud mom of two young children and writes frequently about issues related to diabetes. She is the author of Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified (Marlowe & Co), and her latest book is a cookbook for young children, to be published by Woodbine House this fall.


The TRIGR Research Study

Yesterday, I received an exciting piece of mail: it was a letter from the TRIGR research team who has been following my son’s blood glucose and antibody levels since birth, stating that his most recent blood work shows that he tests negative for the antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes

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Autism and Type 1 Diabetes Connection

Nine years ago, when I was first consulting with obstetricians who specialize in high risk pregnancies to talk about my wish to get pregnant, not one of the three doctors whom I visited mentioned any connection between a mother having Type 1 diabetes and her child having autism spectrum disorder…

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Easy, Healthful Cooking With Kids

When my children were born, one of my wishes for them was to live a diabetes-free life. While I knew that I couldn’t control them getting Type 1 diabetes, I did — and do — feel empowered to take steps that could prevent them from developing Type 2 diabetes

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Mindfulness and Stress Management

Anyone living with diabetes knows that any number of things connected to our disease can be stress triggers: for some of us, it may be the constant monitoring and watching our blood glucose numbers; for others, it may be communicating with doctors or dealing with the financial pressures that diabetes can add. Managing a chronic illness on a daily basis simply is a stressful situation…

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Some Symlin Success

Last Thursday morning I saw my endocrinologist and was really happy to find out that my A1C had dropped 0.6 points. I owe that success to my decision, made with the encouragement of my endo, to start taking Symlin (pramlintide) again…

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Pool Time With the Pump

This past Saturday our community pool opened for the season, and I was there at 11AM with my husband and kids, ready to dive in. We all love swimming, and its been especially hot this June in Philadelphia, so we spent most of our weekend at the pool…

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Team Type 1 Races for America

This past Saturday, for the fifth year in a row, members of Team Type 1 — a team of athletes with Type 1 diabetes founded by college friends Joe Eldridge and Phil Southerland — set out on their bikes for a 3,052-mile “Race Across America.” With blood glucose meters, glucose tabs, and insulin pump supplies in tow, the cyclists are racing from California to Maryland…

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Approaching 40

Today is my 39th birthday, and it’s been a really wonderful day. I’ve heard from friends and family near and far by phone, e-mail, mail, and Facebook. My husband and I both took the day off and went for a long walk in our favorite park and ate lunch outside at a romantic inn…

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My Motivation

It is an absolute pleasure to be a guest blogger for DiabetesSelfManagement.com for the next couple of months. I have written numerous articles for Diabetes Self-Management magazine over the years and welcome this new opportunity to engage in a dialogue with other folks living with diabetes, with practitioners working with people who have diabetes, and with friends and loved ones who care about people living with diabetes…

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