What’s For Breakfast? Whole Grains and Calcium!

“What should I eat?” is one of the most common questions asked by people with diabetes, and for good reason. With almost every bite of food there are carbohydrates to count, not to mention calories, fat, vitamins, and minerals to consider. Two new studies may not have all the answers, but their results may help narrow the field down when it comes to breakfast choices for people with diabetes who are trying to lose weight and protect their hearts. Read More “What’s For Breakfast? Whole Grains and Calcium!”

Diabetes in the Altitude

I spent the last week in Crested Butte, Colorado, for what has now become an annual family ski trip. The place we were staying was at an elevation of 7,000-something feet. Of course, my mom told us to drink plenty of water and take saltwater nose drops to flush the system out. All of this is fine and dandy, but I wondered what, if any, effect does altitude have on diabetes? Read More “Diabetes in the Altitude”

Depression, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

It seems that, with some medical conditions, there is a domino effect that is easy to recognize only when we are at the end of the process. For instance, we noticed that many people who develop heart disease have had diabetes for quite some time, so we finally began to do some prospective research that indicated that having diabetes was a risk factor for developing heart disease. It may seem kind of like an “Oh, duh” experience now, but there was a time when we only knew about the connection intuitively. Read More “Depression, Diabetes, and Heart Disease”

Will Maintaining Blood Glucose Ever Become Easy? Dream On, Alice!

Oh, what a dream! I was in the midst of reading a book involving time travel when I checked my e-mail to find that Andy Stuckey had sent a link to his and Murray’s “If I Were Jack Bauer” music video at www.dotcomedy.com. After I watched the video, I must have drifted off to sleep with the image of Jack Bauer as a pizza delivery boy swirling through my brain. Read More “Will Maintaining Blood Glucose Ever Become Easy? Dream On, Alice!”

What We’re Reading: Exubera Floundering?

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to two blog posts about Exubera, the inhaled insulin product that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006 and has not yet been as successful as some analysts had predicted.

The first post, found at www.thediabetesblog.com, critiques manufacturer Pfizer’s plan to begin advertising Exubera directly to patients. This blog entry is written by Allie Beatty, a writer with Type 1 diabetes.

The second post, found at www.diabetesmine.com, reports on recent press treatment of Exubera and the opinions of both industry experts and users on the product’s viability. That blog entry is written by Amy Tenderich, a writer with Type 1 diabetes. Read More “What We’re Reading: Exubera Floundering?”

Article of the Week: Exercising With an Insulin Pump

Many people with Type 1 diabetes, and an increasing number of people with Type 2, use an insulin pump to control their diabetes. This article explains how to use a pump’s special features to accommodate an exercise routine. It also addresses the timing of exercise and certain pump-specific exercise issues, such as infusion-site care and controlling the temperature of insulin in hot or cold environments.

Click here to read the article.

And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section! Read More “Article of the Week: Exercising With an Insulin Pump”

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