Artificial Pancreas Passes Test

The results of a six-month test of an artificial pancreas system have just been reported in The New England Journal of Medicine and the findings are impressive…

JDRF Names New CEO

JDRF, the leading organization for funding Type 1 diabetes research, has named Aaron J. Kowalski, PhD, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer…

Lowering Insulin Costs

Are expensive items better than less costly ones? When it comes to insulin, it doesn’t seem so, according to a new study…

Regenerating Beta Cells

Researchers at the Diabetes Research Institute recently announced a breakthrough in regenerating beta cells that holds promise for Type 1 diabetes…

Living With Type 1 Diabetes? Get News and Tips From Dexcom!

If you’re living with or caring for someone with Type 1 diabetes and looking for information on the best way to successfully manage the condition, then be sure to check out our new section of news and tips from continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) manufacturer Dexcom…

Metformin for Children

According to a new study from scientists at the University of Adelaide, the popular diabetes drug metformin might be suitable for use in children…

Diabetes and Hunger Games

As a woman with Type 1 diabetes, I don’t trust my body when it comes to hunger. If you have diabetes, you’ll know what I’m talking about…

Letter to a Type 1 Mom

As a woman with Type 1 diabetes, I’m often asked for advice from moms who have teenage daughters with Type 1…

Diabetes and Reasons for Running

Maybe that’s my reason for running. To drown out the self-doubt. To prove to myself and others that Type 1 diabetes is an added challenge, not a roadblock…

Inspiring Women With Diabetes

My hope is to gather the stories of inspiring women with diabetes and share them with you so you (and I!) will never feel alone…

Flying With Diabetes

A recent survey shows that people with diabetes who use insulin frequently experience problems when flying on airplanes. Can flying and traveling be made any easier for this group?

Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise

A new data analysis shows that rates of Type 1 diabetes have risen substantially over the last 10 years. What can, and should, be done about it?

Double Down

Tackling the issue of my increased blood sugar levels, I've discovered something very interesting things that I thought I would share with everyone this week... Read More

We’re Getting There – Eventually

I'm glad we have the FDA. I'm glad we take our time testing things before rushing them to market. I'm glad medical advances are thoroughly vetted before being widely adopted and used in the general population. However, when it comes to research on "Type 1 diabetes cures," it is enough to drive you mad! Read More

Type 1 Youth Canoe Trips

Insulindependence, a diabetes and sports association focused on providing exercise-related resources for people living with diabetes, will be hosting two canoe trips for youth with Type 1 diabetes next month... Read More

Technology Is Amazing… So Are We

So I read an article this week detailing the results of a very small clinical trial using an artificial pancreas. The pancreas was made using a modified iPhone, a continuous blood glucose monitor, and a traditional insulin pump setup... Read More

Limbo Stick or Not: How Low Can You Go?

It was as if somebody had dumped a bucket of cold water on me, but there was no water and no bucket. Instead, I was freezing and sweating — the result of a blood glucose in the 30's. I checked again. Yep. That's where it was, all right. Dang... Read More

Almost 20 Years…

I'm coming up on a milestone — 20 years of life with diabetes! I'm 35 now, and I was diagnosed with this disease during the summer of my fifteenth year! It's both hard to believe it's been that LONG and at the same time hard to remember any of what it felt like to NOT have diabetes... Read More


Having Type 1 diabetes means the option of becoming a commercial pilot was never available to me. I remember hearing about advocacy organizations whose sole mission was to fight for the privilege of allowing people with diabetes to be pilots. But I wasn't ever able to really get on board with that message. And here's why... Read More

“Get Diabetes Right” Initiative

According to the diabetes research organization JDRF, as many as 3 million people in the United States have Type 1 diabetes, with roughly 80 more receiving the diagnosis every day. And according to Tom Karlya and Kim May, parents of children with Type 1, the number of people being diagnosed with the condition at death is rising... Read More

What’s In the Future?

When I was in high school, I struggled with a feeling of being weak. In particular, I really felt that having diabetes made me biologically "unfit," unable to survive without assistance, sickly, and overly dependent on outside help... Read More

Ignorance Is What?

Diabetes is a management disease. It involves a lot of daily monitoring, a lot of analyzing trends and patterns, and a lot of number-crunching. Information is the name of the game for us Diabetians. And we live in an age where the ease of obtaining that information in real-time is vastly easier than it was 20–30 years ago... Read More

Bionic, Man…

So I was scouring articles online, searching for a topic to write about. I stumbled on a few articles outlining testing on the development of an "artificial pancreas" — a system that could monitor blood glucose, compute insulin, release said insulin, and continuously balance itself. A bionic implant! Read More


There's a lot of misinformation out there. Some of it is benign, some of it is irritating, and some of it is downright dangerous. This is a story about the dangerous kind... Read More

Scholarship Program for Type 1 Athletes

On World Diabetes Day, Phil Southerland, founder of the first all-diabetes professional cycling team, launched the Team Type 1 Foundation. The Foundation's first US initiative is a scholarship program for college athletes who have Type 1 diabetes... Read More

Study on Relationships in Type 1

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are seeking volunteers to participate in a 30- to 40-minute phone interview about how young adults with Type 1 diabetes navigate romantic relationships... Read More

Living Longer

I just read about the results of a study showing dramatically improved life expectancy for people living with Type 1 diabetes. The study compared life expectancy now as compared to life expectancy in 1975. The difference was over 15 years. Aside from being good news, it's an important reminder... Read More

Type 1 and Eating Disorders

A new study finds that nearly 20% of young people with Type 1 diabetes engage in behaviors consistent with having an eating disorder. What can be done to address this problem? Read More

Type 1 Trial Expands Its Reach

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, "an international network of researchers who are exploring ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of Type 1 diabetes," has expanded its reach by implementing an online sign-up process and nationwide testing for volunteers interested in participating... Read More


The other day, a relative e-mailed me an article highlighting the results of a study involving Type 1 diabetes. The study found that the average life expectancy for people with Type 1 diabetes was no longer significantly different than that of the average person... Read More

It’s a Hurricane!

I am writing this entry from a hospital bed. I've spent the past three days tethered to an IV drip, recovering from a nasty staph infection that started on my nose and spread to the right half of my face... Read More

Public Places

I've had diabetes for 18 years. To put that in perspective, Bill Clinton was at the beginning of his first term in office when I was diagnosed. Tom Brady was a backup quarterback that no one had ever heart of. And it would still be six years until I caved in and bought my first cell phone. It got me wondering how many insulin shots I've taken in my life... Read More

Diabetes College Scholarship Applications Now Online

If you are a high school senior with Type 1 diabetes who is looking to attend an accredited four-year university, college, or technical or trade school this fall, then you may be interested in applying for one of the college scholarships being offered by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation... Read More

On the Road Again (Part 1)

In a few days, I'll be hitting the road on a short tour playing music. We'll be starting off in Philadelphia heading west through Tennessee and Chicago to Colorado, and returning home through Ohio and central Pennsylvania. In all, I'll be on the road for two weeks, and I thought it might be interesting to keep a journal of sorts to share with readers... Read More

The World Needs Diabetians!

As 2012 comes to a close, I find myself deeply shaken with the tremendous level of ongoing violence in our country. It seems another shooting is in the news every day. It can become so overwhelming that we almost become numb to it... Read More

Not Another Thanksgiving Blog!

Yep, it's another Thanksgiving blog. I know, I'm getting a little tired of the phrase, "I'm most thankful for..." too. Not that it's a bad phrase, mind you. Giving thanks is a wonderful thing to do, something we probably ought to do more of. It's just that it becomes like a jingle you've heard over and over and over again — after a while, it just starts to lose meaning... Read More

Type 1 Diabetes for a Day

Curious to know what your friends and loved ones with Type 1 diabetes deal with every day? Then you'll want to check out the "T1D for a Day" campaign from JDRF... Read More

You’ve Had an Episode (Part 1)

A few years ago, when I was working full-time as a social worker (instead of being a part-time social worker, part-time music teacher, part-time musician, and weekly blogger... why exactly did I switch?), I had a "diabetic episode." It was terrifying, and could have been deadly if not for the quick reactions of some good Samaritans who called 911 and helped get me to the hospital... Read More

I Think, Therefore I Am

In preparing to write this blog, I made an important linguistic decision. It's a decision that I think holds some significance for anyone affected by diabetes, and so I thought it might be an interesting topic to explore a little on these virtual pages... Read More

Students With Diabetes Internship Program

Are you a full-time college or graduate school student living with Type 1 diabetes? Are you interested in working with and learning from leaders in the diabetes community? Then you may be interested in checking out the Students With Diabetes Internship program... Read More

Fasting During Ramadan

Because we are Muslim, every year for one month my family observes the fast for Ramadan. Fasting occurs from dawn until sunset; any time before and after we can eat as normal. I've been fasting for the month for as long as I can remember... Read More

Friends for Life 2012: Part 2

I've had diabetes longer than any of the kids in my group have been alive. I know that 9 going on 10 years isn't THAT long, but I can honestly say it made me feel old. Growing up is such a fickle experience. One minute all you want is to get older, and the next you realize time is flying by faster than you can keep up... Read More

Why is Type 1 Surging?

With all the publicity about a Type 2 diabetes epidemic, an equally scary rise in rates of Type 1 has been ignored. What is causing the surge in Type 1 diabetes? Does it have anything to do with the Type 2 explosion? Read More

Meeting Louis: FFL 2007

There are moments in our lives that become the most important, and for me one such moment was back in 2007 at the Friends for Life (FFL) conference being held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. I've thought about writing this post for quite some time, but because it's so personal I really wanted to wait for the right moment to do so... Read More

Shout Out to the Siblings

I spend a lot of my time talking about diabetes from my point of view or from the point of view of other people I know who have diabetes. Not that that's at all unexpected or out of the ordinary, but I wanted to take this post to write about the siblings of those who have diabetes... Read More

Thoughts On a Cure

About a year and a half ago I attended a Children with Diabetes (CWD) conference in Marco Island, Florida, where there was a session held by someone from JDRF regarding the potential for a cure and what a cure might actually look like. I could tell from the start of the session that it wasn't going to be one I particularly enjoyed... Read More

I Can’t Stop

We all have at least one song that really gets us going. A song that comes on and gets you so pumped, so motivated, to just... GO! For me, that song is "I Can't Stop" by Flux Pavilion. I use the same mentality when it comes to diabetes. I can't stop. (Literally...) Read More

Crisis Averted

This past Thursday I saw an amazing documentary in Philadelphia with my mom, cousin, and two of my friends, called Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. In all, it was a really fantastic night…aside from my uncooperative blood sugars... Read More

Impossible to Come Down From the High

A person without diabetes reading that title would probably think so I was going through some awesome life experience and filled with happiness and euphoria. Unfortunately for me, it's a literal blood sugar high that I could not come down from yesterday... Read More

Raising Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes

Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Often times, this diagnosis is not made until the person has been hospitalized... Read More

The End Of Freshman Year

I truly cannot believe that as I sit here writing this I'm going into my absolute final week as a freshman in college. The hurdle has been conquered! Whoever said time flies really hit the nail on the head. But despite how quickly this year went by, I feel as though I held on to every moment and really appreciated all that it had to offer... Read More

Friends for Life: Part 2

So in the last week or so, not too much has changed in my diabetes care. No real exciting updates or particularly interesting stories to share, so I figure, why not write about something that is always exciting for me and that flows so naturally? The Children with Diabetes (CWD) conferences! Read More

Congratulations to Team Type 1!

We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate our friends over at Team Type 1 for their incredible achievement at last weekend's 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship... Read More

Memories Flood In; Take Over

You know those questionnaires that go around on the Internet, asking you to share information about yourself with your friends? One asked where you'd like to be right now. "In the kitchen," Liz wrote, "cooking with Jan and Carolyn." But the three of us will no longer have that pleasure: Liz failed to wake up Saturday morning... Read More

Road Trip!

For as long as I can remember, my family has been driving on one trip or another.We've been taking these trips from before I was diagnosed, but after getting Type 1, we had to learn how to manage my diabetes while on the road... Read More

Constant Lows

For as long as I've had diabetes, it's been a constant battle of trying to work against spikes or uncontrollable highs. However, for the past few weeks it's been the exact opposite... Read More

Tips for Staying Motivated

One issue that I face on a regular basis is finding myself weary of dealing with diabetes. I just feel burnt out and not up to the task of staying on top of things. I've been thinking of the ways that I get myself out of these "diabetes ruts" and compiled it into what I hope will be a motivational blog post (both for you and for me!)... Read More

Not Dead Yet

This week I had one of those days where everything that could possibly go wrong did. I woke up low, super groggy, and super miserable. After eating breakfast, I decided to go back to sleep to start fresh in an hour or so... Read More

The Pros and Cons of Type 1

A little while back, I asked some of my friends with Type 1 diabetes what their favorite thing was about living with the condition, followed by their least favorite thing. I've decided to make a post out of those responses, in the hopes that those of you with Type 1 will be reminded that you're not alone... Read More

Woes of Lows

One of my main challenges in controlling my blood glucose levels is maintaining control after exercise. I generally tend to spike after working out and then crash much later, around 5 AM, because I usually work out in the evening... Read More

It’s Not a Test

This week I had an appointment with my CDE, Gary, who I've been seeing since I was diagnosed. I remember when I initially started seeing Gary, I was always super nervous because he was a Type 1 pro... Read More

Solo Endo Appointment

This week I had my first endocrinologist appointment without my parents. I remember that there were plenty of times as a child when I was sitting in my appointments wishing I was old enough to just go on my own... Read More

Get Real With Yourself

We've all done it. We've all swept one problem or another under the rug until there is no option other than to face it. Once we eventually are forced to deal with whatever problem is facing us, there's usually some regret over having waited so long to deal with it... Read More

Communication is Key

Before delving into this post, I feel the need for a mini-disclaimer about how amazing and wonderful my parents are! When it comes to diabetes, it can be easy to throw our parents under the bus for worrying too much... Read More

The Magic Number

Today I had a major lightbulb moment that made me reevaluate my entire perspective on what it means to be successful in terms of controlling blood glucose... Read More

College Living

Hello, Diabetes Self-Management community! This is my first blog post for DSM, and I am absolutely ecstatic to be writing for them. Aside from my love of writing and general obsession with blogs, I love talking about diabetes. Strange perhaps, but it's true... Read More

Crooked Cannula

Sunday started for me like most days. Wait, let me revise that sentence and begin again. Sunday, as far as diabetes goes, as far as my health goes, started for me like most days... Read More

Age or Illness

I'm 37 years old. That's not young, despite people 15 or 20 or 30 years older than I am telling me, "You're still young." People, I'm over twice the age I was when I graduated high school. My friends have children who are graduating high school this year. I have gray hair... Read More

Think About It

I'm here today to talk to you about talking. About your illness. And to say that I think you should think more. About your illness. Why is that? Because of last night... Read More

Cutting Cravings; Life Expectancy on the Rise

If you find yourself frequently craving an unhealthy food, there may be a surprising way to cut down on those cravings; also, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health have found that the life expectancy of people with Type 1 diabetes dramatically increased over the course of a 30-year, long-term study... Read More

And More Pump Adjustment

I find myself late in the second week of life with my new insulin pump, the Animas OneTouch Ping. As I informed you last week, my plan for the next several blog entries is to write up my reactions to life with this device, touching on differences I observe after having spent four years with the Deltec Cozmo insulin pump... Read More

Insulin Pump Transition Musing

The four-year warranty on my Deltec Cozmo insulin pump is up this July, which means that in a couple of months my insurance will pay for a replacement pump. Those of you who use the Deltec Cozmo, or those of you who follow anything to do with insulin pump news, know that Smiths Medical stopped producing this particular brand of pump two years ago... Read More

A Break in the Action

I started writing this series to give everyone a little bit of insight into the life of a professional cyclist on Team Type 1, including the training that goes into preparing for the races and the challenges of managing blood glucose with intense exercise and travel. I hope that you have enjoyed it so far, and I appreciate the comments and support... Read More

Do You Want My Data?

On Monday afternoon I visited my endocrinologist for my quarterly checkup — actually, it seems that my visits the past few years occur every four months... Read More

When Is It Not Diabetes?

Last evening I was all set to update my status on my Facebook page. The text I'd written was something along the lines of, "So far I've seemed to handle many of the tough things in my life pretty well, which is maybe why tonight I want to make a mountain out of a molehill." In fact, I'd already started shoring up a molehill... Read More

Challenges of the Off-season

Hello, and thanks for reading my blog. And for those of you who are newly diagnosed, welcome to the diabetes team! My name is Joe Eldridge, and over the next couple of months I'll be writing about my journey as someone with Type 1 diabetes who also happens to be a professional cyclist with Team Type 1... Read More

An Introduction

Editor's Note: Looking for the motivation to start a physical fitness routine? Then you'll want to meet our newest blogger, Joe Eldridge. A professional cyclist with Type 1 diabetes, Joe is aiming to compete in the Tour de France (yes, the Tour de France!)... Read More

Correspondence About My Lows

don't want to seem lazy this week, but I'm headed on vacation for five days or so, and I'm hoping that you find my e-mail communication with my endocrinologist interests you somewhat... Read More

Doc Visit Inspiration

I don't know about you, but I've learned — and it's taken me a long time to learn this — that starting a healthy habit, or turning back in the direction of a healthy habit from which I've veered off course, does not mean I must make an immediate, complete shift in order to affect change... Read More

Nothungry Oddlow

Saturday, July 24, began in the same way as many of my other Saturdays in the summer of 2010. Kathryn (my wife) gets up around six or six thirty to take the dog for her walk. I often wake up about fifteen minutes later, and the first thing I do, because I don't have a thyroid, is go downstairs and take my Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium) with a large glass of water. Then I check my blood glucose. Read More

The TRIGR Research Study

Yesterday, I received an exciting piece of mail: it was a letter from the TRIGR research team who has been following my son's blood glucose and antibody levels since birth, stating that his most recent blood work shows that he tests negative for the antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes... Read More

Some Symlin Success

Last Thursday morning I saw my endocrinologist and was really happy to find out that my A1C had dropped 0.6 points. I owe that success to my decision, made with the encouragement of my endo, to start taking Symlin (pramlintide) again... Read More

Pool Time With the Pump

This past Saturday our community pool opened for the season, and I was there at 11AM with my husband and kids, ready to dive in. We all love swimming, and its been especially hot this June in Philadelphia, so we spent most of our weekend at the pool... Read More

Team Type 1 Races for America

This past Saturday, for the fifth year in a row, members of Team Type 1 — a team of athletes with Type 1 diabetes founded by college friends Joe Eldridge and Phil Southerland — set out on their bikes for a 3,052-mile "Race Across America." With blood glucose meters, glucose tabs, and insulin pump supplies in tow, the cyclists are racing from California to Maryland... Read More

My Motivation

It is an absolute pleasure to be a guest blogger for for the next couple of months. I have written numerous articles for Diabetes Self-Management magazine over the years and welcome this new opportunity to engage in a dialogue with other folks living with diabetes, with practitioners working with people who have diabetes, and with friends and loved ones who care about people living with diabetes... Read More

You Thought We Didn’t Do What?

Saturday afternoon I was lying on the bed, reading a book, when it began. I got a pain here…then another one there…and then I began to sweat. Profusely. Next came the shakes, a fuzzy head and, finally, a bit of nausea... Read More

Why Are You and I Wrong?

The stigma of diabetes. I wrote about this a little over a year ago, but because last night we had our new pair of Family Centered Experience medical students over for a visit — and because the topic of conversation was once again the stigma of disease — I've decided it's time to revisit my thoughts on the subject... Read More

Shivering in Alaska

Fairbanks in February is not a tourist destination. Yes, I had a nice time at the diabetes expo. Led a workshop on "diabetes for couples" and gave a talk on succeeding at self-care. Sold some books, made some friends. All in all, I feel lucky to have survived... Read More

Monday’s Domino Rally

Don't let them tell you diabetes is easy to live with. Don't let them tell you that it's simply a shot you need to take, a pill you must swallow, an insulin pump you gotta wear, and a few finger sticks a few times daily to check your sugars. As if that's all... Read More

Mobile Infusion Set Site Change

A person with diabetes who's tasked with writing an entry each week about his life with Type 1 diabetes might, at certain times, have those days when finding something to write about seems extremely difficult. Diabetes writer's block, maybe? Or a creative roadblock in which the vast well of material that diabetes offers seems to have dried up... Read More

Oprah, Owen, Diabetes, Me

I admit that I rarely get upset over the often-mistaken or ill-conceived portrayal of people with diabetes on television series, in movies, on talk shows, or when a nightly news segment reports erroneously on diabetes and fails to provide good, factual information and chooses instead to fearmonger... Read More

Doctors, Doctors, and More Doctors

Let me preface this week's blog by letting you know this is another diabetes-free entry. The great thing about my Type 1 diabetes (yes, I did say that, "the great thing about my diabetes!") in all of this thyroid cancer surgery stuff that's been predominant in my life for the past few months is that in the past month, since I had my total thyroidectomy, I haven't had any instances of high blood glucose... Read More

Neither 1 Nor 2

In response to my recent blog entry asking what people wish health professionals knew about diabetes, Michael Barker commented about "ketosis-prone diabetics," of which he is one. Thank you, Michael. Ketosis-prone diabetes, or "KPD," as it's called, is an important and growing problem... Read More

The Diabetes Blogger’s Dilemma

I have a confession and an apology to make. The apology is this: I'm sorry if I've let down any of you who read my blog expecting some snippet or anecdote or (maybe) insight into what it is I was contracted to do, which is to talk about what it is for me to live with diabetes. I'm sorry as well to those of you who may have clicked your way to one of my entries in the hopes of finding something related to diabetes and instead ended up with a several-thousand-word entry on some guy's thyroidectomy... Read More

Thyroidectomy and a Side of Diabetes

For those of you who follow my blog, you may recall that last Thursday, January 7, was the date for my thyroidectomy. I would like, then, in this week's entry to share with you an update I sent to friends and family last Saturday about what life was like for me in those hours before and after surgery... Read More

Drug May Slow Type 1 Progression

A new study has found that rituximab (brand name Rituxin), a drug already used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, may slow destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Roughly 15,000 people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the United States each year... Read More

‘Tisn’t the Season

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season and that those of you with diabetes are enjoying a safe yet indulgent gustatory few weeks. My life with Type 1 diabetes in December, up until about a week ago, had been an uneventful, quiet, life-as-usual autopilot existence... Read More

Diabetes and iPhone: Another App Article?

Yeah, I know. For those of you who are tech-savvy and who read more than a few diabetes Web sites or blogs, and especially those of you who may have an iPhone or iPod touch, you’re probably thinking, "Oh no, not another list of those few applications out there that require too much manual data entry." Don’t worry. It is not my intention to review the few applications out there — "apps" for short, by the way (for the uninitiated) — that are already in existence... Read More

How Much Doctoring is Too Much for a Type 1?

This is a tough topic to write succinctly and coherently about. And no doubt I’ll hear back from some readers both agreeing and disagreeing. I am interested in what you guys have to say. So, up front, I apologize for any incoherence. I may be all over the map on this topic. Read More

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Insulin

It’s that time of year here in Michigan that makes me very happy. Summer’s here, which means that the flower gardens that make up a majority of our lawn — front, back, and side of the house — are just about ready to go into full-color mode. My wife and I are also three weeks away from a weeklong vacation at a cabin we rented in a national forest on the other side of the state. So I’m excited for what’s to come... Read More

For the Rest of My Life, This Month

In March of 2007, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I was 33 years old. At the time, I thought my life would be so upended by having to live with and manage a chronic illness that the Eric Lagergren I'd come to know (for better or worse) would soon be unrecognizable from my pre-diabetes self. I just assumed that I'd spend my daily existence coping with my health care, paying attention to blood glucose readings, food intake, insulin doses, and medicines, not to mention learning everything I could about Type 1 diabetes. To not know would only facilitate poorer care, and poorer care would only lead more quickly to diabetic complications. Read More

It’s Always There

It, of course, is my Type 1 diabetes. And for this week's blog entry, and in fact for the rest of my life, the there that I refer to will be my life. Yeah, I'd like to hedge and qualify and say that maybe not, maybe there will be a cure someday. Yeah, I'd like to say that. Read More

A List, A Diabetes List

Currently on Facebook — which, for those of you who don't know, is an online social networking site — one of the things many of my friends are participating in is an exercise called "25 Random Facts." What it asks you to do, basically, is continue a chain letter. You’re to write "a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you," and then pass it along to 25 of your friends, and they’re to do the same. Read More

Am I Doing Fine, Really?

Two weeks ago, I made a prediction. I said that I guessed my HbA1c at this month’s endocrinologist's visit would be 6.4%.

This past Tuesday, I had my appointment with the doctor, and as much as I’ve always enjoyed going to see my endocrinologist, if you reread or remember my entry two weeks ago, as well as last week’s entry on "Recognizing the Need to Tweak Thought," you may be able to predict where I'm going this week.

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Recognizing the Need to Tweak Thought

In 2007, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and spent the rest of the year learning what I could about the condition while at the same time learning how to live with it. In 2008, I continued to learn about living with diabetes, and I found that although diabetes affects every aspect of my life, the day-to-dayness of it does eventually slip into the background — often, at least — and become one more thing that gets swallowed up by all of the other noise in my life.

But in 2009?

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Here’s What I Was Going To Do

Each week I write about some aspect of what it's like living with Type 1 diabetes. Over the past year and a half, coming up with topics hasn't been a problem. Minor mishaps with the insulin pump happen almost once a week. Some sort of blood glucose high or low is standard every few weeks. There are moments of frustration during which I curse the condition and/or the accoutrement that are necessary to keep me as uncomplicated as possible down the road… Read More

The Stigmata of Diabetes

Emphasis here not on the physical so much, but on the emotional and mental stigmata of diabetes. Oh, and clarification may be needed, as well, so that you know up front that I’m referring to stigmata in the lowercase "c" catholic sense, using it simply as the plural of stigma in a nonreligious way. Read More

Cancer Drugs Reverse Type 1 Diabetes in Mice

According to a new animal study, a class of cancer-fighting drugs may have some Type-1-diabetes–fighting potential. The study found that treating mice that had recently developed Type 1 diabetes with the drugs imatinib (brand name Gleevec) and sunitinib (Sutent) sent the condition into remission in 80% of them. Read More

Check Check One Two

I used to feel pretty guilty if I missed checking my blood glucose (bg). I used to. Lately, I've found myself ignoring, on occasion, the reminder from my insulin pump to check my bg two hours after a meal—and I don't feel badly about it. Of course, maybe I do: At times I feel guilty that I don't feel guilty about those occasions when I sometimes, just every once in a while…

intentionally miss a bg check.

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A Week In The Life

Those medical artists, those doctors, that health-care system and those office staff and nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, and pharmacists; indeed, also those insurance company reps and medical-supply folks toiling away in cubes and warehouses…they all deserve my praise for the work they do to help me as I try to live as healthy and normal a life as possible with this thing called Type 1 diabetes. Read More

In Dreams the Future

I'm somewhere on the East Coast. It's that gloaming time at the end of the day, and the world where I am has quieted down. The grass on the dunes rustles in the evening breeze, and some shorebirds run along the sand. Read More

Primer: Managing Diabetes and Celiac Disease (Part 3)

This week, I’ll wrap up my three-part series on celiac. So far, we’ve looked at symptoms of celiac, how it’s diagnosed, and the beginnings of what the gluten-free diet consists of.  I’d like to share some more information on the gluten-free diet, since this is really the crux of the treatment of celiac, as well as some tips for managing both diabetes and celiac at the same time. Read More

Is Online Diabetes Education For You?

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, meeting with a diabetes educator individually or as part of a group is one of the best things you can do to understand how to manage your diabetes (or brush up). Unfortunately, a lot of people don't get much diabetes education, whether because of lack of insurance coverage, lack of access to a diabetes educator or to group classes, lack of time, or another obstacle. Read More

Primer: Managing Diabetes and Celiac Disease (Part 1)

You may recall that I attended the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting a few weeks ago.  When I arrived at the conference on Wednesday, I was a little late getting to the 1:30 session that I really wanted to go to and, as a result, got closed out. I then wandered across the hall to another session called "Managing Diabetes with Celiac Disease." Read More

So How Should I Presume?

The routine of self-management—the routine necessitated by the multiple daily diabetes tasks—has the potential to become a mind-numbing burden that triggers some new dread in me each time I perform an aspect of it. Read More

Diabetes, Stomach Stuff, and Spousal Stress

Last Thursday, I left work early because I was feeling out of it. These were the typical nondescript symptoms of my youth, more often than not the ones I’d call upon when I wanted nothing more than to tune out and do nothing. My intention last week was to go home and nap for a good three or four hours, then enjoy a quiet evening before returning to work the next day, the lazy weekend stretching out before me.

It didn’t turn out that way.

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Things That Bug Us

Some poor, hapless bug meandered onto the front porch the other day—no easy feat, since the porch is totally screened in—and, just its luck, met up with three kittens. It was one of those roundish, hard-shelled bugs and turned out to make a perfect hockey puck. The kittens were having a blast batting it around among themselves, but I daresay the bug was not as thrilled as being turned into a plaything as the kittens were in discovering a new toy. Read More

Regarding the Diabetes

This week marks one year since I started writing a weekly blog entry for That’s 51 articles (almost 40,000 words!), or blogs, or missives, or whatever you want to call them, about what it’s been like for me (for the most part) living with Type 1 diabetes. This week, I’d like to share some modified portions of an e-mail I sent to a friend a few days ago as a response to her asking how the diabetes was going. Read More

The Sound of Diabetes

I don't know where the title—and, of course, the subject—for this week's blog entry came from. Well…maybe I do. For the past week, our normally quiet neighborhood evenings have been permeated by the sounds of fireworks, a constant barrage of Black Cats, Saturn Missiles, and Roman Candles, which has no doubt influenced my thinking. While it's true enough that there's little correlation between the sound of diabetes and the fireworks' sizzles, whistles, fizzles, and explosions, when the phrase "sound of diabetes" popped into my head last night, I decided to run with it. Read More

What to Eat? ADA Speakers Disagree

Diabetes-care professionals don't seem to share their patients' vigilance about food. Out of about 1,000 presentations at the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, only 20 or so concerned diet. And those presenters mostly disagreed with each other. Read More

Moving Out of the Fast Lane

Maybe it’s that I’m in my "terrible twos"—my second year of living with Type 1 diabetes. But for the past three or four months, I’ve felt that my self-management isn't what it was last year at this time. But that's not to say that the pendulum of my self-management has swung back the other way entirely. Not at all. In fact, my last endocrinologist visit and doctor's visit a few months ago showed that I was still doing quite well in my care. Read More

How Much (Monitoring) is Too Much? (Part 2)

Hey guys,

I went to the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Scientific Sessions in San Francisco this past weekend, courtesy of a Diabetes Self-Management press credential. It was fascinating. I’ll be writing about it for the next five weeks, but first to report the ADA’s view on blood glucose self-monitoring.

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What’s the Buzz All About?

Many mornings over the past few months, I’ve conveniently forgotten to check my blood glucose when I wake up. I bolus for breakfast—a bowl of cereal or a couple of chewy granola bars—but I’m unable to correct for my blood glucose with the insulin pump because I don't know what my blood glucose level is. It wants me to correct if I need to correct. I lie to my pump. I don't know my numbers. Read More

“It Turned Everything Upside Down”

For those of you who’ve followed my blog throughout the past eight months, if you've read with any regularity you have no doubt encountered my discussions about the Family Centered Experience (FCE) program at the University of Michigan Medical School. My most recent FCE blog entries are April 3 ("A Year of Helping Medical Students") and April 10 ("Breaking Bad News"), but I also wrote about this great program back in December ("Before They Are Doctors").

So, do you want more? I hope so, because you're going to get more.

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Fifty-One On, One Off (Kinda)

Diabetes Self-Management. Sure, it’s the name of the Web site and the magazine, but, more importantly, it’s what we do. We, us—those of you reading, those of you with diabetes, those of you living with and helping care for people with diabetes. Read More

Kidney Fund Contest Opens to Young Artists

The American Kidney Fund is looking for artwork made by kids and teens who have kidney disease to include in its 2009 calendar. In addition to having their art published, 13 winners of this national contest will receive an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to Washington, DC, for themselves and a parent or guardian. Read More

There’s More Than One Way to Answer a Prayer

There's a joke—or, perhaps, more of a story—that tells of a person who believed with all his heart that a higher being would rescue him from impending disaster.

The man, as the story goes, sat on his front porch as a flood warning was issued. His neighbor, who was evacuating, offered to give him a ride.

"No," the man said. "I have faith. The Being will save me from the flood."

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P2P Diabetes

A little over a week ago, I received an e-mail from my endocrinologist. It was a short missive in which he told me that he'd recently seen, as a patient, a man in his 30's who’d just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. What my endocrinologist wanted to know—and what he assured me was completely my decision (and he emphasized that there was no pressure to do so)—was if I wanted to talk to this gentleman about Type 1, since just one year earlier I, too, had been diagnosed.

It took me no time at all to reply that Yes, indeed, I would be happy to help this guy out.

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Looking Back

Sunday(ish) marks the unofficial one-year anniversary of my diabetes diagnosis. “(Ish)" because I haven't done any detailed review of my journal to find the precise date when the doctor told me that diabetes was what it was. "Unofficial" because a few weeks prior to—let's just say March 23, 2007—the doctor's visits and blood tests had commenced but I hadn't yet heard anything conclusive about why I felt the way I'd been feeling. Read More

FreeStyle Navigator CGMS Approved

A new continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS), the Freestyle Navigator manufactured by Abbott Diabetes Care, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people with diabetes who are 18 and older. Read More

Taking It Off in Bed

Oh my. What’s this week’s blog entry about? A titillating tale of diabetes and sex? Sorry, folks. Check out the first word in this next sentence for the big letdown. Orthodontics… Read More

Forbidden Fruit

A week ago, I went to see a dietitian at the endocrinology clinic I go to. The reason for my visit was to get some help figuring out what else I could do on the days I exercise to keep my blood glucose closer to 150 mg/dl during the workout. Read More

Diabetes In My Hierarchy of Needs

True or False
(1) Diabetes doesn’t rule my every waking moment.

(2) Diabetes isn’t in control.

(3) Diabetes doesn’t dictate who I am or what I do.

(4) I am more than a person with diabetes.

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It’s 3 AM. Do You Know What Your Blood Glucose Is?

The other night, I woke up at 1:20 AM, 10 minutes before my alarm was scheduled to go off. I'd set the alarm for 1:30 because, as I got ready for bed two hours earlier, I checked my blood glucose and got a reading of 79 mg/dl. Not too low and not dangerous. At least, not really. Read More

Symlin Now Available in a Pen

The injected diabetes drug pramlintide (brand name Symlin) is now available in pen form. Drug manufacturer Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced this week that two new prefilled, pen-injector devices—the SymlinPen 120 and the SymlinPen 60—are now on the market to make the process of injecting mealtime doses of pramlintide simpler and more convenient. Until this week, pramlintide was only available in vials. Read More

Ode to Diabetes, or Oh Diabetes

Maybe it’s the season, or that this is Eric’s last blog entry of 2007, but whatever it is, he’s pushed his prose into line breaks this week. So without much further ado, here’s Eric’s poem to close out his first year as someone with Type 1 diabetes. If any of the details of the poem make you say “What?” don’t worry; you may want to reference his first few blog entries from back in July, though. And Eric says that you needn’t worry—he won’t continue the poetic blog entries in 2008. Read More

National Diabetes Month, Week 1: Caregivers

November is National Diabetes Month, which also incorporates World Diabetes Day on November 14. It's a month dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes and advocating for its prevention, cure, and management. Events are scheduled around the country and the world—keep any eye out for happenings in your area, or enter your ZIP code into the "Local Events & Information" box on the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) home page. Read More

Priming the (Insulin) Pump

First, know that this week’s blog entry won’t satisfy you if you’ve clicked on this page in hope of reading cold, hard facts on insulin pumping. Second, I’ve got a disclaimer for you: I’m not a pump expert, and because I am not a certified diabetes educator, a medical doctor, or Dean Kamen, I want to make it quite clear that I offer no medical advice or advocate any particular method of delivering insulin. Read More

Back in the Saddle

The first sentence I wanted to begin today’s blog entry with started with the words, “When I was diagnosed.” I wrote them down, deleted them, and then wrote several variations on that theme: “Back in March when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes…”; “When I found out…”; “When the doctor told me….” Read More

What We’re Reading: Type 1 Diabetes Conference Survey

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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A Diabetes Neophyte’s Prologue (Part 3)

(Continued from last week’s entry.)

What does it mean to me that I’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness that 80 or 90 years ago pretty much meant I’d be dead in a few years? What does it mean that, although I should be able to live a full life, I am still more than likely going to have to monitor my blood glucose and inject or infuse insulin and watch my diet and keep diligent watch over when and how much physical activity I do and wait around for the second low, and so on, and so on…for the rest of my days?

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A Diabetes Neophyte’s Prologue (Part 2)

(Continued from last week’s entry.)

When I arrived at the health center, the doctor—a resident—and his attending physician came into the examination room. The attending didn’t sugarcoat it: I had diabetes. But the thing was this: They weren’t sure what type it was. They would need to run some more tests, and for the next few weeks I would exist in diabetes diagnosis limbo. Read More

A Diabetes Neophyte’s Prologue (Part 1)

When 2007 began, diabetes wasn’t on my radar screen. The statistics are something like one in fourteen people has diabetes, so, yeah, I knew people. I went to grad school with a friend who had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 21, and I work with someone who’s had diabetes since he was thirteen months old. But what did I know about diabetes? Read More

Article of the Week: Selecting an Insulin Program for Type 1 Diabetes

In their blog entries this week, Andy Stuckey talks about trying a new insulin pen for his mealtime insulin and Amy Campbell discusses basal, or background, insulin rates and morning blood glucose levels. This article from the archives delves further into different insulin delivery options and regimens, including multiple daily injection programs and insulin pump therapy.

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

What We’re Reading: Adam Morrison Receives AACE Award

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this article at, the Web site of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). The article is about Adam Morrison, an NBA basketball player with Type 1 diabetes, who just received the AACE’s Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Award for Public Service. The award honors his public appearances and outreach efforts to raise awareness about diabetes and its management. Read More

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Approved for Kids

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new model of the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System for use in children aged 7 to 17 who have Type 1 diabetes. While multiple CGM systems have come onto the market over the past year, they were previously only approved for adults. Now, however, Medtronic’s REAL-Time CGM devices will be available in pediatric models of the MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System and Guardian REAL-Time System. Read More

What Were Reading: Symlin and Pregnancy

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at entitled "Symlin—yes or no!?" The post, written by Kelly Close (a writer, editor, and consultant who has Type 1 diabetes), examines her dilemma about whether to use the injectable drug pramlintide (brand name Symlin) to help lower her HbA1c level during pregnancy.

For more information about Symlin, please visit Jan Chait’s blog entry "Symlin: Sometimes the Positives Outweigh the Negatives." Read More

Inhaled Insulin Passes Test for Safety

Inhaled insulin (brand name Exubera) has been getting some negative press lately, focusing on its high price, large inhaler, slow sales, and concerns about its effects on lung function. While the results of a new study may not be able to do much to address the first three issues, they have shown inhaled insulin to be safe for the lungs and effective for diabetes management over a two-year period of use. Read More

Type 1 Envy

Sometimes I envy people with Type 1 diabetes. They know very quickly that they have diabetes. They know they have the “real” kind of diabetes. They get to take insulin right away. They know what blood glucose levels to target. Read More

What We’re Reading: “His First Syringe”

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at In it, blogger Kerri relates the story of teaching her partner, Chris, how to give her an insulin injection. This blog is written by Kerri Morrone, a writer and editor with Type 1 diabetes.

And as a reminder, today is the final day during which you can nominate The Diabetes Self-Managment Blog for "Best Blog" and "Best Professional News Blog" over at The Diabetes O.C.. You can go straight to the nominating page, or read more about the awards in this previous "What We're Reading" post. Read More

Treating Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

Recently, I was reading some of the readers’ postings on this Web site. Some of these postings expressed fairly strong opinions about how one should best manage his or her diabetes. Of course, one of the many good things about living in the United States is our right to freedom of speech, and postings such as these certainly get people thinking. However, it’s all too common for misconceptions about diabetes to abound. Whether it’s the belief that eating sugar causes diabetes, or that starting on insulin can make you go blind, or that having to start taking diabetes pills or insulin means that you’re a “bad diabetic,” as a dietitian and diabetes educator, I feel compelled to set the record straight whenever I can. Read More

Mixed Results in Islet Transplantation Study

For years, the transplantation of insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells has held promise as a potential cure for Type 1 diabetes. Now, a new study has shown that while transplantation can help recipients improve their blood glucose control, the transplanted cells tend to lose function progressively, requiring most recipients to resume insulin injections within two years. Read More

Intro and a Little About Me

Well, where do I begin? I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Christmas Day in 2003, at the age of 28. A little strange to be hit with Type 1 at that age, but what can you do? Just when I thought I’d won the genetic lottery, Santa Claus gave me diabetes. (Santa Claus is your mom and dad.) To deal with the diagnosis, I wrote a song called "Santa Claus Gave Me Diabetes." Read More