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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.

Latest Activity

David (dns) replied to JohnG's discussion 'I just recived the new (Genteel) lancing device'
"The concept is interesting but my Fastclix works great. The inconvenience is way, way too trivial to justify that price tag, in this household anyway."
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David (dns) replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'I live in constant diabetes fear'
"LOL, I was just doing a general rant, didn't have anyone specific in mind. But you're right. You have to find someone you can be comfortable with or there's no point. And yeah, that can take a while, sometimes."
Jane K left a comment for David (dns)
"Hi, David! Thanks for connecting!"
David (dns) replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'I live in constant diabetes fear'
"It really is a shame, even a tragedy, that the idea of counseling still carries such a powerful stigma in many peoples' minds. Emotional problems are just as "real" as physical ones if measured by the only objective criterion: the…"
David (dns) replied to candy's discussion 'HELP!!!'
"The 120 number is based on the fact that non-diabetic people seldom go much higher than that, even after a big meal. Thus, it's a good rough benchmarks for determining where there even is a potential problem at all. Not the only one, of…"
David (dns) replied to Catvet's discussion 'Insulin'
"Not a requirement, just a suggestion: it would be better to keep this conversation going in this existing thread. Since the topic is essentially the same, having two discussions makes it likely that people will see some comments and not others.…"
David (dns) replied to rick the "Blogabetic"'s discussion 'Insulin and history'
"Personally I think U40 should still be available. It would be highly useful for small children. As it is the only viable option is to get U100 and dilute it."
David (dns) replied to AlexanderB's discussion 'Hello!'
David (dns) replied to LiL MaMa's discussion 'I live in constant diabetes fear'
"You've got some very good advice here. I second all of it. One more thing: you might want to get a copy of the following book: William H. Polonsky, Diabetes Burnout -- What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore (Alexandria: American…"
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David (dns) commented on Dan P's blog post 'Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.'
"Great blog, and great attitude. Our dear friend Barbara's endo used to tell her, "If you can figure out the cause in ten seconds or so, great. Otherwise just correct and move on." You can't fix yesterday."
David (dns) replied to Catvet's discussion 'Insulin'
"The "everyone responds individually" principle apples to equally to food as it does to medication. The way you respond to a particular food may be quite different than the way someone else does. As an example, many people find that they…"
David (dns) replied to Catvet's discussion 'Insulin'
"Good point about splitting the basal insulin. I started out doing it once a day, and later split the dose in two. Turns out I get a much smoother response that way. Again, one approach may be more effective than the other for each individual. Only…"
David (dns) replied to Catvet's discussion 'Insulin'
"Hi Zoe, Good questions. I do this test with NO basal insulin in my system, so the bolus insulin is the only thing working. All I can really say is that the procedure I outlined above yielded numbers that have been pretty dependable for me.…"
David (dns) replied to Catvet's discussion 'Insulin'
"First, let me get the off-topic part of this reply out of the way. Our new baby: That being said, some facts about insulin-- Levemir is a basal insulin, as you know. Basal insulin is not designed to deal with meal spikes. Not at all. Its purpose is…"
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At 1:47pm on October 28, 2014, Jane K said…

Hi, David! Thanks for connecting!

At 1:13pm on September 29, 2014, Cathy said…


I went to www.engcom/wp-content/uploads expecting to see the site of different images but I only got just the one image. Is there a site with many different images.


At 6:14pm on September 22, 2014, Doris D said…

Wishing u the best on ur birthday!!!! Have a GREAT one dude!!!

At 8:17am on September 22, 2014, curlysarah said…

David! Happy Birthday to you!!!! Hope today and this year brings you much deserved happiness and good health.

At 5:21am on September 22, 2014, Marie B said…

David, my friend, have a very Happy Birthday! Hope you and Bev can do something fun to celebrate, and I am continuing to send positive thoughts your way.

At 4:12am on September 22, 2014, Linda G said…

From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before...filled with family and friends!

At 1:24am on September 22, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" said…
David Dude, Happy Birthday!!!! I am wishing you the happiest of birthdays today. Birthdays for me elicit special remembrances, I hope this one is the same for you. Happy Birthday buddy and thanks for all you do around this place......................rick
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!

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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)
5.5 -- October 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 cooking. 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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