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The Hall of Fame

Started this discussion. Last reply by David (dns) Aug 20. 17 Replies

This is meant to be a roll of individuals each of whom has made a major contribution to the understanding and/or treatment of diabetes mellitus, and whose work has stood the test of time. In other…Continue

Has TuDiabetes Changed Your Life?

Started this discussion. Last reply by beechbeard Jun 9. 13 Replies

Simple question, but I suspect there will be as many answers as there are responders. Are your numbers better? Are your relationships different? Your mental equilibrium? How would you be different if…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Zoe Jun 6. 12 Replies

Often, someone with diabetes will choose to conceal the fact from friends and even some family members. There are reasons why people do that, but that’s not the subject here. My question is, rather,…Continue

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Not A Big, Earth-shaking Question, But I'm Curious What Others Do

Started this discussion. Last reply by Linda Apr 28. 44 Replies

Do you have a preferred brand of alcohol swabs? Or do you not care and just grab the least expensive ones available?Continue


Certe, Toto, sentio nos in Kansate no iam adesse.

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David (dns) left a comment for Judith in Portland
"She's about 6 weeks older now and noticeably larger. She's much more physically coordinated and athletic, but still has the same affectionate nature and the same loud buzz. :)"
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"Oh my what a cutie. Sorry I didn't meet her sooner. Don't you just LOVE that stage where they are all ears and humongous eyes taking in every slightest sound and movement in what must seem a very large world!.....How's she doing now?!"
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David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
"Sorry but these are not word games. We are talking about major life decisions being made on a basis of belief, not demonstrated cause and effect. And that analogy doesn't work. We can prove that being drunk makes you a dangerous driver. It…"
David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
"Since we're trying to be as precise as possible, "linked to" doesn't mean "caused by". What those studies show is that the two frequently coexist. They do not demonstrate causality. Assuming that one thing causes…"
David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
"From another TuD member: "The plural of anecdote is not evidence.""
David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
"Okay, I watched the interview carefully and in context and there is indeed much to criticize. First, he does not actually say that T1 only strikes children and T2 only strikes adults. What he does do is to use the old terms, "juvenile" and…"
David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
"All right, I'll phrase it this way: it does not help to promote understanding of what we really face and must deal with, and that lack of understanding is one more hurdle to overcome in obtaining research dollars, insurance coverage, correct…"
David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
"Yes, we have, but this guy is the Director of a diabetes clinic; it's inexcusable for one in his position to be that badly out of sync with current knowledge. And even stipulating that you have to keep things simple for the general public,…"
David (dns) replied to Nell's discussion 'Nathan at MGH misinforms on PBS'
David (dns) replied to Terry's discussion 'My understanding of Afrezza fundamentally changed'
"Well, for me it would work much faster than lispro . . . since lispro doesn't work for me at all. LOL. But this is indeed interesting. Like you, the faster action was what captured my attention. But like many others, I also have question marks…"
David (dns) replied to artwoman's discussion 'Ads for Diabetes products and meds'
"LOL, I get asked that question a lot, since I'm somewhat atypical for T2. But no, I don't think that's possible. I managed for 17 years with a sulfonylurea as my sole medication. If I were T1 or LADA, I'd be dead by now. The…"
David (dns) replied to artwoman's discussion 'Ads for Diabetes products and meds'
"It gets even more ridiculous than that, because while most T2s are battling insulin resistance, not all are. I have virtually no insulin resistance. But after 20 years of running my beta cells in overdrive, I have very few left. My c-pep was 0.3…"
David (dns) replied to artwoman's discussion 'Ads for Diabetes products and meds'
"One seldom-recognized problem is the disparity between what doctors believe patients think and what patients actually do think. A year or so back I saw the results from a survey of doctors and their patients. Approximately two-thirds of the doctors…"
David (dns) replied to artwoman's discussion 'Ads for Diabetes products and meds'
"Driving to Portland is something of a chore, but if someone wants to organize a meetup I'll work out a way to get there."

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At 2:33pm on September 15, 2014, Linda G said…

At 2:32pm on September 15, 2014, Linda G said…

At 5:28pm on May 24, 2014, Scott K. Johnson said…

Thanks so much, David! I'm glad you enjoyed the diabetes hope conference! Always open for feedback on making it better for next year. Wishing you all the best!

At 5:33am on April 14, 2014, Lloyd said…

Marshall was built in the 1920's as a jr-sr high school. It was on the edge of dinkytown, which borders the U of Minn campus. My class, the class of '68, was the smallest and last class. The school merged with University HS, a much smaller non-secular HS about 6 blocks away in an attempt to keep a viable school. That lasted 15 years, then it became an office building for about 20 years. Steam heat, huge windows, no ac, it must have taken a lot of remodeling to be used for business.

At 10:03pm on April 13, 2014, Lloyd said…

The picture is my high school (John Marshall) in Minneapolis. It was demolished last year, It came up in chat.


At 3:59pm on March 7, 2014, Corinna said…

Congratulations David. Welcome to the admin team and thanks for officially taking on the task of helping folks out.

At 2:11pm on March 5, 2014, Lilli D said…
You will make a wonderful member of the admin team, congrats David!
At 11:02pm on March 4, 2014, swisschocolate said…

So glad you joined the admin team, you are gonna do a fabulous job!!!

At 9:55pm on March 4, 2014, Judith in Portland said…

Oh my---So glad you will "have our backs" as part of our great Admin team!.....Blessings...Judith in Portland

At 5:47am on March 4, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…

Hey congrats on being named administrator David. Tear em up Dude.


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The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes is
The PRIMARY person in my life who has diabetes has
Type 2 diabetes
How do you hope to benefit from TuDiabetes?
Ideas, feedback, motivation, emotional support, shared experience, comic relief.
Date diagnosed
June 1, 1995
Most recent HbA1C %, date of result (optional)
5.6 -- April 2014
Type of treatment/devices you use
Oral, Shots, Diet and Exercise
Tell us more about you (optional)
Lifelong bookworm. Avid student of history. Love to cook [and diabetic -- isn't that ironic? Like Beethoven going deaf]. Deeply involved in my community -- Rotary, Urban Renewal committee, Planning Commission, etc. We live in the midst of some of the richest farm land anywhere. An hour from the coast, an hour from the city, and smack in the middle of wine country. Superb quality food sources right on the doorstep.

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David (dns)'s Blog

A Non-PWD Who's Sick of Hearing About Someone Else's Diet

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:28pm 3 Comments

The link below


Isn't exactly your typical blog. In fact, it isn't a blog at all. It's the online version of an advice column that is also syndicated in real old-fashioned print newspapers. But the situation being described is one that is eerily familiar . . . .

Yet Another Mainstream Media Polemic on the Diabetes Epidemic

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:44am 1 Comment

USA today ran a story today (Monday, May 5) concerning the diabetes epidemic among the young. It's the same old same old: the growth rates of both T1 and T2 are through the roof, and obesity causes T2.

Too bad it doesn't cause T1, also; how convenient that would be for all the soi-disant "experts".

See the USA Today story here.

The Known Facts About Diabetes

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:00am 15 Comments

WARNING: This blog is rated "S" for heavy use of sarcasm and irony. This material may offend some readers. Parental discretion is strongly advised.

Here are the principal established facts about diabetes.

1. Diabetes is not the major public health issue that zealots would have us believe it is. Heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness are far more serious problems.



This Is Getting Old!

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 9:29am 4 Comments

For the second time in less than a week, I must say goodbye to a friend.

Bob Dornhecker passed away suddenly Friday night. Bob was a husband, a parent, a respected member of the community, and a genuinely good man. And oh yes, one other thing: a Type 1 diabetic who lived a full, rich life and had a 75 year Joslin medal to prove it.

I met Bob through my wife, who volunteers several days a week at the local retirement village. (I wrote a blog about at the time. You can read it…




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