Diabetes Self-Management Blog
David Spero

Do You Know Your Insulin Level?

People often keep close watch on their glucose numbers. But how many of us know our insulin level? Dr. Joseph Mercola says fasting insulin is “the number that may best predict your sudden death.” Sounds important. But what does it mean?

David Spero

Start With Three Drugs?

A new study says that people newly diagnosed with Type 2 can do better if they are immediately started on a three-drug combo. Does this make sense to you? Is it good science or bad medicine?

Web Team

FDA Patient Network Makes Its Debut

Have you ever wondered how medicines and medical devices get approved? Would you like your voice to be heard in decision-making at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? Are you looking to participate in a clinical trial? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to check out the new FDA Patient Network Web site…

Jan Chait

Prescribe Insulin? Nah! Too Much Trouble

Taking insulin is too much of a burden for people with Type 2 diabetes, say 66% of primary care doctors surveyed at one hospital in Pennsylvania. People with Type 2 diabetes believe taking insulin means they’ve failed to manage their condition, 69% of primary care docs opined…

Amy Campbell

U-500 Insulin: Is It Right for You?

If you take insulin, chances are, you use a strength of insulin called U-100 insulin. U-100 insulin is the most common strength of insulin in the US. But there’s yet another strength of insulin, U-500, that is used in cases of insulin resistance…

Web Team

Thinking About Insulin

Do you have Type 2 diabetes? Have you been considering taking insulin to maintain your diabetes control? Then you may be interested in trying out a free online program from insulin manufacturer Sanofi…

Web Team

Casting Call for Lantus Users With Type 2

David Spero

Coping With Lows

Diane Fennell

FDA Approves Drug for Diabetes-Related Vision Loss

David Spero

Learning About the Insulin Response

Amy Campbell

Supplements and Medicines: Can They Get Along?

Diane Fennell

Once-Weekly Type 2 Medicine Approved

Amy Campbell

Insulin: It’s a Good Thing. Really!

David Spero

Could Drug Shortages Hurt Diabetes Care?

Diane Fennell

Byetta Fights Inflammation, Study Shows

Diane Fennell

Byetta Approved as Lantus Add-On

Amy Campbell

Getting Up to Speed on New Injection Guidelines (Part 2)

Amy Campbell

Getting Up to Speed on New Injection Guidelines (Part 1)

Web Team

What We’re Reading: “Script Your Future”

David Spero

Diabetes and Your Brain

Eric Lagergren

Correspondence About My Lows

Ingrid Strauch

Diabetes History on Exhibit

Diane Fennell

New Class of Insulin Delivery Device Approved for Use with Humalog, NovoLog

Jan Chait

Did I Miss Anything? Type 2 Meds Arriving Too Fast to Keep Track.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Some Symlin Success

Jan Chait

Victoza Approved for Use. Should You Take It?

Diane Fennell

New Drug Approved

Diane Fennell

Insulin Effective and Accepted in Newly Diagnosed Type 2s

Mark Marino

Diabetes Drugs: Pramlintide

Diane Fennell

Oral Insulin Conditionally Approved by FDA

Mark Marino

Diabetes Drugs: GLP-1 Agonists

Mark Marino

Diabetes Drugs: Your Insulin Questions Answered

Mark Marino

Diabetes Drugs: Insulin

Diane Fennell

Lantus and Cancer: Further Study Needed

Eric Lagergren

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Insulin

Diane Fennell

Stolen Levemir Warning

Eric Lagergren

They Had To Tell Me, Didn’t They?

Tara Dairman

Some Accu-Chek Spirit Pumps Recalled

Tara Dairman

More Companies Offer Deals to Deltec Customers

Tara Dairman

Deltec Cozmo Pump Discontinued

Jan Chait

Food For Thought

David Spero

Insulin, Fat, And Doctors

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Health Videos Online

Eric Lagergren

Switching Pharmacies Is Hard on the Heart

Jan Chait

Careful, Your Prejudice is Showing

David Spero

Not So Fast With the Insulin?

Web Team

In the Pipeline: Oral Insulin

Eric Lagergren

I’m Doing Fine, Really, But…

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Color-Coded Insulin Packaging

Tara Dairman

Insulin Syringe Recall

Eric Lagergren

Insulin Pumpers: Learn from My Experience

David Spero

New Drugs: Myths and Facts

Tara Dairman

Updated Guidelines for Treating Type 2

Jan Chait

Navigating a New Toy

Jan Chait

The Right Stuff

Jan Chait

It’s About Time

Eric Lagergren

Infusion Tubing Snag and Pump Site Rip-Off (Beep Beep)

Tara Dairman

Diabetes Treatment and Alzheimer Disease

Jan Chait

Getting the Blues Over Diabetes Depiction

David Spero

Are Your Meds Making You Fat?

Eric Lagergren

The Positive Can Be Negative

Jan Chait

Pump Up Your Education

Eric Lagergren

Blockage Detected

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Free Insulin Pen Offer

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Insulin Pump Safety

Jan Chait

Fishing for Freedom from Harassment

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Type 1 Bloggers Roundtable

Jan Chait

Support Comes in Many Forums

Tara Dairman

Exubera May Be Linked to Lung Cancer

Jan Chait

Having Diabetes Means Coping With Change

Jan Chait

There’s More Than One Way to Answer a Prayer

Eric Lagergren

Taking It Off in Bed

Jan Chait

Where’s Your Brain When You Need It?

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Tea

Jan Chait

In Praise of Pharmacists

Jan Chait

Some Days Are for the Birds

Tara Dairman

Symlin Now Available in a Pen

Jan Chait

All Pumped Up—Again

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 8)

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 7)

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 6)

Jan Chait

"Thimk" Before You Act

Jan Chait

Laughter: Almost As Good As Blood Glucose Control

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 5)

Tara Dairman

Exubera Inhaled Insulin Discontinued

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 4)

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 3)

Jan Chait

In the Hospital, Resistance is Futile

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump (Part 2)

Eric Lagergren

Priming the (Insulin) Pump

David Spero

Answering Reader Questions

Jan Chait

Igor, Prepare the Lab

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: To Pump, or Not to Pump?

Amy Campbell

Keeping Your Cool When it’s Hot!

Andy Stuckey

Distracted in Canada?

Andy Stuckey

Diabetic Superheroes and Villians

Andy Stuckey

How Much Lantus Should You Take?

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Selecting an Insulin Program for Type 1 Diabetes

Andy Stuckey

Which Insulin Pen is Mightier than the Sword?

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Go Ahead, Pick Your Pump

Tara Dairman

New Meter and Pump Models Hit the Market

Andy Stuckey

A New Device and Rotating Injection Sites

Jan Chait

Trying Times

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Getting Down to Basals

Tara Dairman

Inhaled Insulin Passes Test for Safety

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: Exubera Floundering?

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Exercising With an Insulin Pump

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: Interview With an Exubera User

Jan Chait

Symlin: Sometimes the Positives Outweigh the Negatives

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Understanding Insulin

Andy Stuckey

Family Projects and Sneaky Low Blood Glucose

Andy Stuckey

YouTube, Diabetes, and a Story

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: "His First Syringe"

Andy Stuckey

Schedules, Sleep, and the Usual Suspect

Jan Chait

Freedom at the End of a Leash

Tara Dairman

Accu-Chek Insulin Pump Hits U.S. Market

Jan Chait

Life After Insulin (Yes, There is One)

Jan Chait

Darned If I Can Think of One Reason…

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