Category Archives: Living with Diabetes

Language and Diabetes

Of all the “hot-button” words around diabetes, the one that rubs me the wrong way is “diabetic,” but only in certain contexts. I don’t mind when it describes a thing – diabetic neuropathy, diabetic glucometer, diabetic low – no problem. But diabetic patient. There’s an eclipsing of the … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Mental Health

I was diagnosed with diabetes the summer before my sophomore year of high school. The initial treatment plan? “Take 2.5 mg of Glyburide daily and restrict sugar intake.” Because it was 1987 and glucometers weren’t available yet for home use, I was sent home … Continue reading

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Why I Blog

Hooray for Diabetes Blog Week! It’s as good an excuse as any for me to resume blogging (ahem), and a great opportunity to discover other diabetes bloggers. (Follow these links to see who else is participating and join in the fun! You can also … Continue reading

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Changing the World

I ran my first 5k yesterday. I’ve never been much of a runner. So I downloaded a running app and started training the next day. I registered for a local race (Denver’s Adelante! 5k). Then I recruited a few pals to run … Continue reading

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Thanks, D.O.C.

By all accounts, participatory medicine is a growing movement. And The Pew Internet and American Life Project, which studies such trends, reports that people with chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes) are more likely than our peers to consume and share health … Continue reading

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Uh-oh, Spaghetti-o

Pasta doesn’t do my blood sugar any favors, so I don’t eat a lot of it. At roughly 55g of carbohydrate per serving, I’d rather eat this: or a generous slice of this: But the rest of my family loves … Continue reading

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Statin? Not so much.

When my endocrinologist suggested earlier this month that I go on a statin to lower my LDL (damn you, diabetes!), I didn’t love the idea. I agreed to think about it, but in truth, I began at once exploring alternatives. … Continue reading

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