February 2008 Blog Posts (119)

How Latinos Can Cope With Diabetes and Depression

Recently published this column on dLife:

"The link between diabetes and depression is fairly visible by now. Studies have shown that depressive symptoms increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and people with diabetes seemingly have twice the risk of experiencing depression compared to those without the disorder. But the elephant in the room seems to be how this situation affects minorities, especially Latinos."…


Added by Manny Hernandez on February 29, 2008 at 7:07pm — 1 Comment

Let's Talk Turkey

So I had the day off work and I thought I'd be really organized if I planned a week of meals, and got the grocery shopping done.

My menu plan is:

Friday (today): Roast turkey dinner, with mashed potatoes, cranberry stuffing, gravy, mixed roasted vegetables and tossed salad. I think to myself, oooooh! Leftovers galore to make future meals!

Saturday: Alaska King Salmon with basmati rice, steamed asparagus with hollandaise sauce and tossed salad

Sunday:… Continue

Added by Maureen on February 29, 2008 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

My Main Blog

I do all my blogging over at The Diabetes Diary: One Mom's Story. Check it out!!

Added by Lynnea on February 29, 2008 at 9:07am — No Comments


Not sure why I'm posting here when I have my "regular" blog languishing in despair over at wordpress because I've been neglecting it terribly. But this is a post about my diabetes, and my diet, and so on, and that just seems like the sort of thing I should post here.

I'm feeling bummed. I lost about 20 pounds after I was first diagnosed last May, but have stalled out for several months now. And now this past couple months I've seen my FBG go higher and higher (today's was 117) and my… Continue

Added by lene on February 29, 2008 at 8:38am — No Comments

Since my Diagnosis...

When my last post ended, I was a 12 year old kid, very confused. I didn't know what diabetes was all about. I didn't know why I had it. I didn't even know which kind of diabetes I had.

Almost immediately I switched practices. The new doctor, Dr. R. ordered a whole ton of tests to determine what type of diabetes I had. After a while, he gave my mother a definite diagnosis. "Your daughter has type 2 diabetes."

It is a bit of a mystery to me as to which tests he did that he was so sure,… Continue

Added by MisDXDeD on February 28, 2008 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Good news

It's been a while since I've been on this site for various personal reasons (it's nothing against any of the great people here). I've been trying to deal with my diabetes on my own over the past few months, and with a good mix of success and failure. I've been taking my medication as prescribed, I've been avoiding too many carbs, but I'm still not exercising and I'm very slack about using my glucometer.

Today I went to my endocrinologist and found out that my new A1c is 7.5 mmol/L… Continue

Added by Brad L on February 28, 2008 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

Chells first day on Insulin pump

Chell started pumping today, fully with Insulin, we never did start with saline. We went to McDonalds for lunch after pump training, it was so funny Chell is looking all over in her purse and in my purse for her insulin pen. Told her she does have to have it now, since she has the pump. She forgot already.

What is Chell pumping with: MM 722 purple

Added by Michelle Reinhardt on February 28, 2008 at 6:58pm — No Comments


I've never blogged before, so this is just a test.

Mind you, as a diabetic, I am pretty good at testing.

Added by Maureen on February 28, 2008 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Hey Guys!

Hi everyone, my name is Emily and I live in Jacksonville, Florida. I have had type one diabetes since 1997 (9 days after my birthday and a week before the 1st day of 6th grade). I am the only person in my family with the disease. I am currently using an Animas pump, but in November my warranty is up and I am looking into switching to the OmniPod. I stumbled upon this site when researching the OmniPod. I am very interested in hearing what Omni wearers have to say about the pump.

A… Continue

Added by Emily Howard on February 28, 2008 at 9:13am — 2 Comments

TuDiabetes.com Passes The 2,000 Member Mark!!!

Thanks to EVERYONE who has joined since March 2007. It is an honor and daily lesson to see you all as members of TuDiabetes.com.

I am preparing a press release to be distributed throughout the world, so we can let more folks touched by diabetes know about our community.

Added by Manny Hernandez on February 28, 2008 at 9:07am — 3 Comments

a little about myself..

hellooo. my name's danielle and I've had diabetes for 8 years. I'm currently on the pump, which definitely has its advantages and disadvantages. I try really hard to keep my sugar under control, but with my school and work schedule and trying to not go low and trying to not go high, it can get really difficult. (as you all know). I also find it difficult whenever I want to lose some weight..does anyone else experience this problem?.. Anyway, I decided to join this thing to meet other people who… Continue

Added by Danielle on February 28, 2008 at 8:12am — No Comments

Pumping +1 Week

Has it been a week already? Are my BD syringes now feeling neglected now that I am pumping rather than pushing insulin? I am surprised that my move to the pump has gone so smoothly (knock on wood) and my numbers have had dramatically changed. A chart of my BGs looks much more clustered, rather than a financials chart for a mortgage conglomerate. I am not getting as many high-highs. I have, however, had a few unexplained low-lows in the late afternoon and 2 hours after dinner in the evening. I… Continue

Added by Shawn-ATL on February 27, 2008 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

Got the Pump!

Well I just started on my minimed 722 pump, hopefully all goes well and it really adds flexibility to my eating and just makes it all around easier!

and wow that thing is a big needle, way bigger than my pen.

Added by Marcus Lamparty on February 26, 2008 at 6:44pm — 3 Comments

cgm and kidney test

Well, I still have the cgm on. It has been over 1 week and doing good.. The tape came loose last week and the sensor came out, so I had to reinsert it.
I went to have labs done and a 24hour kidney test, all are in the normal range!!! Yeah!!!!

Added by Linda on February 26, 2008 at 5:19pm — 3 Comments

How Stress Can Impact A1C Levels...

I got my results back for my most recent A1C: 6.8. It's still not bad, but it went up. It had been 6.4 for almost a straight year.

I guess I can attribute it to the stress of the move across the country. The good thing is that numbers are now back to a more normal place and I am exercising more, as a result of my commute to and from work, which I am doing walking at least once a week. :)

Added by Manny Hernandez on February 26, 2008 at 9:50am — No Comments

Tour de Cure

100 miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway to raise funds for the ADA. Join me or help me.

Added by Sarah on February 25, 2008 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

Hunter is doing Jump Rope for Heart In Honor of our friend Gena Marie

Anyone that would like to donate please copy the link below into your browser to go the Hunters Page to make an online donation for Jump Rope for Heart.

Thank you!


Added by Lori on February 25, 2008 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Check your codes and calibrate

Most of you know this but I learned the hard way to make sure you change the code on your meter to match the code on your test strip vial. After a weekend of unusual highs, even before a meal , this morning I discovered I'd been using a code number of 22 on my monitor with a with a new test strip code of 9! Duh ! seems like the last 2 boxes of strips ere all #22. After calibrating with the control liquid, my numbers are back to normal, not 140 before a meal. Just a little lapse in the technical… Continue

Added by Ed Parma on February 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

The Crazy Story Of My Life

It started at the end of the school year. I was almost 12 years old, thirsty all the time, going to the bathroom every 2 minutes, and altogether exhausted. Finally, at some point my father (a type 2 diabetic) realized I had some symptoms of high blood sugar. He decided to test me. Now you have to realize that I was always the kind of kid who would scream and kick my way through every shot. As you can probably imagine, it was not easy to get the tiny sample needed to check my blood sugar. We… Continue

Added by MisDXDeD on February 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Facebook Applications

I'm excited and wanted to share. I just created my first Facebook application. It's called What Would You Do?. It's just a little bit of fun and doesn't take much time to play or add to a profile.

What I find interesting about Facebook, tudiabetes, diabetesfriends.net and other social places is that they are starting to open up and let people not just communicate with each other, but also to work together.

While my app is… Continue

Added by Eric on February 25, 2008 at 2:51pm — 2 Comments

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