Amputation—Advice From a Physical Therapist

In view of blogger Jan Chait’s recent surgery — a below-the-knee-amputation of her left leg — I thought I’d talk to some experts on this topic to see if I could round up some information and advice for Jan to guide her in the days ahead. I first talked to Amber Fitzsimmons, a physical therapist and mobility adviser for BraunAbility, a company that remanufactures minivans to make them accessible to wheelchairs and scooters…

Diabetes History on Exhibit

One of the great things about living in New York is there’s never a shortage of museums — and new museum exhibits — to visit. Recently I had the pleasure of attending a press preview of a new show at the New-York Historical Society Museum, entitled “Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin”…

Meter Accuracy

Two things landed on my desk recently. One was a newspaper article saying that the Food and Drug Administration has asked the international body that sets standards for home blood glucose meters to tighten its accuracy requirements. The other was a letter from a Diabetes Self-Management subscriber who described how she had attempted to compare two home meters with a plasma glucose measurement done in a laboratory — and how she was unnerved when she got three different readings…

Metformin and B12

Back in December 2006, Amy Campbell wrote in her blog about the possibility of the popular diabetes drug metformin causing vitamin B12 deficiency. In a follow-up comment, she mentioned that taking calcium supplements might help to remedy this deficiency. The information spurred an outpouring of comments and questions from concerned readers, so those of us on the magazine staff decided to investigate the matter further…

What I Did for World Diabetes Day

This past November 14, I had the pleasure of marking World Diabetes Day by attending the Divabetic Makeover Your Diabetes event held in New York City. And I do mean “pleasure”…

Life for a Child

We don’t often recommend watching TV here at Diabetes Self-Management, but at 8 PM on World Diabetes Day, which falls each year on November 14, there’s a documentary on the Sundance Channel that you might want to consider seeing…

Free Blood Testing

Now that National Diabetes Month is in full swing, a number of businesses and organizations are rolling out programs and events to raise awareness of diabetes and help those who have it manage the condition. While some of these may be thinly veiled marketing efforts, some appear to offer real help or services…

Diabetes Coaching

Athletes have them, many musicians and actors have them, and now people with diabetes can have them too: They’re coaches, and their role is to help you have the best diabetes control possible…

Education: Another Money-Saver

Paying for diabetes care and supplies has always been tough for some people, and these days, reports abound of people going without doctor visits or needed medicines because they can’t afford them. In the May/June 2009 issue of Diabetes Self-Management magazine, we listed some organizations and programs that may be able to help defray those costs. But diabetes care is more than just drugs and supplies: Knowledge is important, too, and it turns out that learning how to manage diabetes can save you big bucks.

New FDA Commissioner Nominated

On March 15, President Barack Obama named Margaret (“Peggy”) Hamburg, MD, as his pick for the top job at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The nomination requires Senate confirmation. Hamburg is a former New York City health commissioner and has also held posts in the U.S. Health and Human Services Department and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. She is currently a senior scientist at the nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, DC.

Conferences Closer to Home

After I blogged recently about the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal in October, a number of readers wrote in to say that they’d like to attend, but the cost was just too high or the meeting was too far away. But what if you could hear expert speakers or attend diabetes meetings or workshops for less money at locations closer to home? In many cases, you can.

You’re Invited

Have you ever wanted to attend a professional diabetes conference but didn’t think you’d fit in or be welcome? If so, now may be the chance you’ve been waiting for. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is holding its 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal, Canada, from October 18–22, and people with diabetes are invited.

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After 12 years of editing Diabetes Self-Management magazine, I am adding “blogger” to my resume and joining the bloggers for occasional posts. My role will be to keep Web readers up to date on what’s happening in the magazine, and to share with magazine readers what’s being discussed on the Web.

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