August 2012 Blog Posts (105)

The Evolution Of The Diabetic Industry


I never knew my grandfather. He died in 1914 at the age of thirty-nine of what is now called Juvenile onset diabetes (Type 1). This was ten years before I was born.

In 1934, at the same age, my father was diagnosed with the same disease. I was nine years old at the time. The family doctor assured him that if he followed a rigid diet, (which allowed honey) he might survive. Obviously my father soon discovered that insulin was by now being…


Added by Donald H. Jones on August 31, 2012 at 6:28pm — 12 Comments

A Labor Day Recipe from Elizabeth Zabell Edelman: Mahi Mahi Skewers

When Elizabeth Zabell Edelman started Diabetes Daily she wanted a place to connect with others – like several of you do here in TuDiabetes! Eventually, she saw a lot of people sharing recipes and added a recipe section as a key component to her website.


Learn more about Elizabeth’s love for cooking and see her Labor Day recipe recommendation on…


Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on August 31, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Back to School Prep: Is Your Diabetes Lesson Plan Ready?

Last week, I interviewed mom extraordinaire and Diabetes Hands Foundation board member, Lorraine Sisto. She shared her “back to school” preparations for students with diabetes.

See the full post on Discuss Diabetes here.

Best, Laura…


Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on August 31, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Something I meant to post last week

I stopped by here again because I referred someone to this site and thought I should dust off my page. There really isn't much to say, at least that I should share here vs. letting it just fester in my head. I'll just say it like this: depressed? check. left eye that had bleeding in it, that had been completely fine until today? check. pathetic waste of a life threatening to circle the drain again? check, check, and double check. There, not necessarily a doom and gloom post by ol' Cara, was…


Added by Cara on August 31, 2012 at 12:33am — 4 Comments


Yes, I named my pump. She goes by Louise. And my CDE made a note in my record that I had named her- not sure what to think about that- but I had to amuse myself somehow. This is a difficult thing to deal with.

Yes, if I had a CGM, I would name her Thelma.

And yes, I did have two orange barn cats at some point in my past... and their names were Oscar and Felix (the odd couple, mind you).

And two pigmy goats... named Bonnie and Clyde.... yes, there is a theme.



Added by palomino on August 30, 2012 at 9:11pm — 2 Comments


I need yalls opinions my ankles feet and calfs have been swelling up so bad. They get so tight to the point i cant even walk. What should i do ?

Added by Krystle Dawn Stoots on August 30, 2012 at 8:44am — 8 Comments

Life in Photos - Diabetic Style

I'm new to blogging and the Diabetic Online Community. For a long time I've tried to hide my Diabetes from others around me, and ultimately myself. But, life doesn't work that way! So, in an attempt to reach out to the DOC and to look after myself better, I'm blogging about my experiences with Diabetes.

This blog post contains some photo's of my equipment, I'm a needle diabetic and an AccuChek meter user. Take a look and check out my thoughts about them.…


Added by Shonelle on August 30, 2012 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Hi everyone

I would like to get to know or get some friends for my son ara age 9

Added by natalie morales on August 29, 2012 at 9:57pm — 2 Comments

Auto-Immunity and My Relationship with Myself pt 2 and 3

I forgot to post the one here yesterday so here is today's and yesterdays. Again please if you could give me feedback on what you read within the blog and your experience with your relationship with yourself I will appreciate the chance to cross reference with myself…


Added by PaulQuessy on August 29, 2012 at 7:03pm — No Comments

T1 Diabetes Researchers Need Your Help RIGHT NOW (next 24 hours) - Vote for their video! is hosting a contest for the best research video at

The video shows the partnership between patients, government (CIRM), private research (ViaCyte) and a charity (JDRF). C'mon, let's show them how strong our network is! You can vote as frequently as you wish. Vote often!

Added by Chris Stiehl on August 29, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Diabetes on Campus: One College Student’s Experience

Follow along as Wake Forest Senior Amanda Mezer shares the challenges she faced on-campus, as well as her initiative to start a Students with Diabetes chapter at her school.


Read the full post on Discuss Diabetes.




Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on August 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

What Does Your A1c mean?

New blog post for people new to diabetes! Check it out and become a follower!

Added by Dkinsey on August 29, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

Art Fun Challenge #2

Okay folks, here's our next Art Fun Challenge, in preparation for Diabetes Art Day on September 24th:

"Diabetes makes me feel..."

Finish this sentence, using a piece of art that YOU create.  It can be a drawing, painting, photo, sculpture, video...  Any visual expression of how you would complete that sentence.

When you've made your piece, take a photo and upload it to the comments section of the member…


Added by Express Your Diabetes on August 28, 2012 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Should I switch to the Omnipod?


Added by Megan Ritter on August 28, 2012 at 12:46pm — 4 Comments

Do They Know What They are Missing?

I was again honored to be a part of the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life Vancouver Conference this past weekend. As a member of the faculty, I enjoy interacting with the many families who attend the conference, chat with some of the vendors and learn from the other staff and faculty whom attend. It is an amazing experience.

Over the past few years I have been a little discouraged at the lack of support from Canadian vendors. Each year that I attend, I hope to gain some insight…


Added by Barb Wagstaff on August 28, 2012 at 11:01am — No Comments

Some new changes:

So went to my endo appt. went pretty good. He told me I didn't have to take the metformin/januvia anymore if I didn't notice my blood sugars doing anything...which they wouldn't I'm happy about that...I hate HATE hate taking pills!...can't you tell? lol I always get so nervous and have trouble swallowing them..I know it's a mental thing...I just can't get over it. So he tweaked my settings and my blood sugars have been really good today.

Another new…


Added by Shayla on August 28, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Life after Kidney Transplant

Definately the life changes after transplant.

As a type 1 patient we need to monitor our sugar or you can say i am under intensive diabetes management.

Immunosuppressants are given to get the organ accepted in the body.

I am on Prednisone, Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate Mofetil a triple immunosuppresion.

Although they are wonder drugs but they tend to raise your blood sugars like happens not in case of diabetic patient but also a non diabetic individual as…


Added by pooja hurkat on August 28, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments

New endo

I got a referral to a new endocrinologist because I moved across the city. It's kind of crazy, but this is only the third endocrinologist I've had in 21 years of diabetes! Maybe he will be able to help me make sense of things ... The endo I originally got referred to (on the recommendation of Nel here on TuDiabetes) was not taking new patients, so I got referred to another one. I have to call today and make an appointment.

Hopefully he can help me get my numbers where I want them. I…


Added by Jen on August 28, 2012 at 7:43am — 6 Comments


Reading through a few blogs and discussion threads today for essentially the first time, I have come to realize how late I am in entering the diabetes community. I have had T1 for 19 years, but have essentially been living 'alone' with diabetes for all these years. I have just wanted to fit-in and be as 'normal' as everyone around me. I have only had the goal of surviving the high & low blood sugars of each day. I am so ashamed right now that my A1C's all these years have been pretty…


Added by Roop on August 27, 2012 at 9:29pm — 14 Comments

Auto-Immunity and My Relationship with Myself

If you guys would not mind I would like feedback on this one and how you experience your relationship with yourself and if similar experiences exist within you that I've gone through in the blog

Thanks, Paul

Added by PaulQuessy on August 27, 2012 at 8:18pm — No Comments

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