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
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.
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.
Also in August, people familiarized themselves with the signs of diabetic kidney disease in time for Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week.
A handful of pancreatitis cases in people taking the injected drug Byetta led the FDA to call for a labeling revision this past summer.
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.
Amy Campbell’s coverage of a new study about eggs and diabetes risk interested a lot of readers.
David Spero’s indictment of the artificial sweetener aspartame provoked comments on both sides of the controversy.
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.
Over multiple blog entries, Jan Chait covered the unfortunate case of a child’s death from untreated Type 1 diabetes.
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?
This recipe for crispy baked chicken breasts was a hit with readers.
Fresh broccoli is the star of this creamy, crunchy, low-carb salad.
This simple dessert lets the taste of fresh blueberries shine through.
This is a warm, hearty soup for cool weather.
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.