SAD and Sleepy in Minnesota


There always seems to be a new virus going around this time of year. The symptoms consist of fatigue, low energy, down mood, no motivation, and a general desire to just sit and watch TV and eat lots of carbohydrate. I was convinced it was a virus because so many people have been complaining of these symptoms that it has got to be more than coincidence. So I asked one of my physician friends about it, but he said he wasn’t aware of any new viruses going around. It turns out that this isn’t a virus, but it may have something do with some factors to which we are all vulnerable: light and sleep. Read More “SAD and Sleepy in Minnesota”

Diabetes: Portrayal vs. Reality


Welcome to American Diabetes Month, a time of free diabetes screening tests, specials on diabetes-related items, and a period in which diabetes gets a bit more media attention than usual.

But is the perception of diabetes being portrayed by today’s media a true picture of the condition in our times, or is it still relying on outdated methods and data? Read More “Diabetes: Portrayal vs. Reality”

Joslin Launches Free Online Diabetes Videos


Just in time for American Diabetes Month, Joslin Diabetes Center has added a series of six free, short videos to its Web site. The series, entitled Staying Healthy with Diabetes, features expert physicians from Joslin Clinic and presents information about six important medical tests that people with diabetes should have done regularly to keep tabs on their health. These tests are the HbA1c test (or A1C test, which indicates blood glucose control over time), blood pressure test, eye exam, foot exam, kidney function test, and lipid profile (which includes cholesterol and triglycerides). Read More “Joslin Launches Free Online Diabetes Videos”

What We’re Reading: Nominate us for “Best Blog”!


This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at about the 2nd Annual Diabetes O.C. Blog Choice Awards. The Diabetes O.C. (short for Online Community) is a Web site that serves as a gateway to the many other diabetes blogs on the Internet.

This month, The Diabetes O.C. is opening the floor for nominations for their “best blog” awards, and The Diabetes Self-Management Blog is eligible in the “Best Blog” and “Best Professional News Blog” categories! So if you like what you’ve been reading here over the past few months, please take a minute to click on the above link, then click on “Select your favorite blogs as nominees!” and choose Diabetes Self-Management from the choices listed. Nominations close on November 30.

And if you like reading diabetes blogs, don’t forget to visit The Diabetes O.C.’s directory, which arranges its member blogs into various categories, making it easy to find the kind of blog you are looking for. Read More “What We’re Reading: Nominate us for “Best Blog”!”

Better Know a Pharmacist


I’ve recently been intrigued with all of the new gadgets and advancements available for treating diabetes, but there seems to be a little something that’s been left out. Now we’ve got needles, pumps, pills, prickers, inhalers, and the like, but is there anything we’re missing? Why, yes, I think so. Last week, I went to the pharmacist to renew my prescription of insulin glargine (brand name Lantus) and this time, instead of stating the norm, I decided to spice it up and requested my insulin in “rock” form. Read More “Better Know a Pharmacist”

Flu Shot Especially Important for People with Cardiovascular Disease


Believe it or not, flu season is approaching, and it’s not too early to start thinking about getting your annual vaccination. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are advising all people with cardiovascular disease to get a flu shot because their risk of dying from influenza (“the flu”) is higher than that of any other group. Cardiovascular disease (which includes heart disease and stroke) is the most common long-term complication of diabetes. Read More “Flu Shot Especially Important for People with Cardiovascular Disease”


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