Family Projects and Sneaky Low Blood Glucose

This week in diabetes all was going well until we decided to do a “family project.” Now, like any good husband, I’m all about a family project. In my family growing up, a family project was always entertaining, partly due to a combination of my sarcastic nature and the idea of everyone trying to work together. It usually ended in my mom questioning what my dad was doing and my dad finishing the job alone after questioning her question as only a father can. My dad is a fairly handy guy, but apparently that gene skipped me. Read More “Family Projects and Sneaky Low Blood Glucose”

What We’re Reading: Vote for Blog Awards!

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this page at where you can vote for the winners of the 2nd Annual Diabetes O.C. Blog Choice Awards. Thanks to your votes during the nomination period, Diabetes Self-Management has been nominated for “Best Blog” and “Best Professional News Blog”!

Voting for the winners only goes through the end of December, so if you have a moment, please click on the above link, then click on “VOTE NOW” to cast your ballot. We thank you for your continued support!

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. So 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: Vote for Blog Awards!”

What We’re Reading: Rodent Research

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to two blog posts on the topic of rodent research and diabetes. The first post, found at, covers the latest development in the ongoing testing of a protocol that reverses Type 1 diabetes in mice. This blog entry is written by Allie Beatty, a writer with Type 1 diabetes.

The second post, found at, discusses a new study of insulin resistance in rats and reminds people to be wary of how the media can exaggerate the applicability of rodent research to humans. That blog entry is written by Dr. Bill Quick, a physician who also has diabetes. Read More “What We’re Reading: Rodent Research”

A Nod of Acceptance

Giving someone a nod when we see them is often a means of recognizing their presence. It’s not like stopping full-out and saying “How are you?” which can lead to a longer conversation, but it is a recognition of another person and an acceptance of their presence. Read More “A Nod of Acceptance”

Metformin and Risk For Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, Glumetza, and others) is a popular and highly effective oral diabetes drug used to help manage Type 2 diabetes. This drug works by lowering the amount of glucose made by the liver and by making the body’s cells more sensitive to insulin. Metformin also has some other beneficial effects in that it may help lower blood lipid, or fat, levels (cholesterol and triglycerides) and can, in some people, promote a small amount of weight loss. Read More “Metformin and Risk For Vitamin B12 Deficiency”

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