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What We’re Reading: Arthritis Drug Researched for Treating Diabetes

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to the following articles at www.medlineplus.gov, a Web site run by the National Institutes of Health, and diabetes.about.com, a diabetes blog written by practicing nurse Debra Manzella. The articles are about a recent clinical trial of anakinra, an injected drug that is used to treat juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The trial found that it also holds some promise for helping to manage Type 2 diabetes.

The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine on April 12. Read More “What We’re Reading: Arthritis Drug Researched for Treating Diabetes”

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 “Treating Diabetes with Diet and Exercise”

Freedom at the End of a Leash

Some time after I started using an insulin pump, my endocrinologist (or “endo,” as I call him) asked me what I liked best about it.

“I can scrub the front porch whenever I want,” I responded after some thought.

It may sound like a strange answer, but it pretty much summed up the new flexibility I gained when I went from multiple daily injections to pumping. Read More “Freedom at the End of a Leash”

Everything I Knew About Diabetes, I Learned From My Grandmother

My name is Jan and I have Type 2 diabetes. Sounds like something you’d say in front of a 12-step group, huh?

Since I got the news on January 2, 1986, I’ve known I have diabetes. I just haven’t always known about diabetes. Perhaps it’s a good thing the other genes I inherited are good, or I’d be in deep trouble, because my control in the early years was nonexistent, and it isn’t always perfect now. Read More “Everything I Knew About Diabetes, I Learned From My Grandmother”

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