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What We’re Reading: Type 1 Diabetes Conference Survey

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This week, we’d like to direct your attention to a survey that is gathering information about the feasibility of planning a conference for adults with Type 1 diabetes. You can find out more about the conference idea and leave comments with your thoughts at diabetes blogger Allison Blass’s post on the subject here. People who take the survey and propose a name for the conference will also have a chance to win a book or a mug.

The survey closes on September 7, so click on the link above to put in your two cents about a conference for adults with Type 1 diabetes.

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New Research Focuses on Blood Pressure Control (Part 1)

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As an article published in The New York Times earlier this week (and blogged about on DiabetesSelfManagement.com by Jan Chait and Eric Lagergren) stated, controlling cholesterol and blood pressure levels are crucial for staving off heart disease in people with diabetes. And indeed, high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a hot topic right now, as multiple new studies have addressed the rate at which it is diagnosed, the damage it can do, and ways of lowering it. Read More “New Research Focuses on Blood Pressure Control (Part 1)”

Addicted to Your Self-Management?

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I planned on writing today’s blog entry about a program I’ll be volunteering for at the University of Michigan Medical School. It’s called the Family Centered Experience (FCE)—which, by the way, was cofounded and is directed by my endocrinologist, Dr. Arno Kumagai. It’s a wonderful way for medical students to gain an understanding of illness from the patient’s point of view. Read More “Addicted to Your Self-Management?”

The “Heart” of Diabetes: More Than Just Blood Glucose

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I downloaded data from my continuous glucose monitor on Sunday and checked my average blood glucose level. Surely, I had told myself, with a reading every five minutes, my average would be lower than the one on my blood glucose meter, which I use…well, much less frequently. To my chagrin, it was higher. By about 25 points. Oops! Read More “The “Heart” of Diabetes: More Than Just Blood Glucose”

The Ubiquitous Garden Metaphor

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This summer I’ve been gardening. Lots. Hours in the yard on weekends and in the evening. See, I’ve always wanted perennials—a flower garden thick with coneflowers and black-eyed Susans and daisies (among the 20–30 other species I covet). So I’ve expanded and refreshed a few neglected beds out back and for the past few weeks have been digging two sprawling beds in front. Read More “The Ubiquitous Garden Metaphor”

On Keeping a Diabetes Journal

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I’m looking through the green, spiral-bound notebook in which I journal and keep track of most things diabetes. For the first few months after my late-March 2007 diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, I kept diligent track of the time of day and my blood glucose readings—highlighted in blue—in the left-hand margins. I also wrote a paragraph or two about what I’d eaten (if I had eaten), its carb content, as well as what activities I was up to, how I felt, and any thoughts, questions, or fears about my diabetes. Read More “On Keeping a Diabetes Journal”

 

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