Proposed Trans Fat Ban and Calorie Listing Sparks Debate

The New York City Board of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed plans to require the phasing out of heart-damaging, artificial trans fats in all of the city’s 24,000 restaurants, and also to require some of those restaurants to post calorie counts for their products on menus and menu boards. The proposals have excited supporters and detractors and triggered national debate. Read More “Proposed Trans Fat Ban and Calorie Listing Sparks Debate”

What We’re Reading: Thanksgiving

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at about handling Thanksgiving (yes, it’s almost that time already!) when you have diabetes. It contains several tips and also links to a forum where people can discuss their holiday plans. This blog entry is written by David Edelman.

(“What We’re Reading” is a new feature on The Diabetes Self-Management Blog in which we highlight interesting posts on other diabetes blogs out there on the Web.) Read More “What We’re Reading: Thanksgiving”

When Support Isn’t Enough

To Cathy W, who commented about her friend with diabetes on last week’s blog,

It certainly sounds like you’re feeling frustrated about your friend’s lack of self-care and a bit powerless to help her. The interactions you have reported with your friend make it sound like her health is more important to you than it is to her. This type of relationship keeps you on edge about something you cannot control and lets her off the hook about something she needs to address. Read More “When Support Isn’t Enough”

Vegetarianism and Diabetes: Do the Two Mix? (Part 1)

Does the word “vegetarian” conjure up images of people with long hair, wearing robes, feasting on bean sprouts and tofu? While that may have been the picture of vegetarianism back in the 1960’s and 70’s, today’s vegetarian is just like you and me, except for some of the food choices he makes. Let’s define “vegetarian.” Read More “Vegetarianism and Diabetes: Do the Two Mix? (Part 1)”

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”

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