November 2011 Blog Posts (147)

Getting the hang of it!

So getting use to it. I know I still new at this whole pod insulin pump. I need work on getting my sugar levels right and the basil right but I am happy that I made the choice I made. It feels good not to take four shots a day. I test more but that is ok.I had them on my back so I switched and put it on my leg! My pod area looks like a red burn mark. I ordered some skin barrier wipes today so I hope that might work on the red rash and it if dont I am going to use Tegaderm! I am very grateful…


Added by Jennifer on November 30, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

New Diabetes Mentor Program Seeking Support

Hi there! I'm a 21year old UC Berkeley student and was diagnosed when I was 11. I recently developed and started a mentorship program called Diabetes Relationship Building for Empowering Youth (DRBEY). I have been emailing Manny in hopes of building some community support, and he suggested I appeal to all of you.

Tomorrow, Thursday December 2nd I will pitch the DRBEY program project for a grant that will sustain the program throughout the first year of operation. I am very excited,…


Added by Heather Gabel on November 30, 2011 at 2:10pm — 7 Comments

Time for a pump update. (pumpdate?)

For the last four years I have been pumping with Medtronic Paradigm 712. A few months ago, the first one I had quit, so I got a replacement. However, I recently found out that I can upgrade to a new Medtronic, or switch companies all together. The main reason I went with Medtronic four years ago was because of the CGM it came with, but the sensor and I had a love-hate relationship. (It loved to stop working and I hated to use it). I have been really interested and heard good things about…


Added by autumnlynn on November 30, 2011 at 12:44pm — 3 Comments

Explaining what Diabetes feels like to Non-D Folk

Hey everyone!

To see my full blog filled with goofy photos and videos check it out at

Everyone always asks me "Diabetes? What's that? What is it like having diabetes?" Sometimes I pretend I'm a Certified Diabetes Educator and pull out my trusty white board and flashcards but that doesn't seem to get many good responses. It's like I am speaking Swahili, which I can't.

So, I thought up…


Added by Catherine Jane Vancak on November 30, 2011 at 12:17pm — 6 Comments

Just when you think you've got it down

I realized, while walking my dog today, that training a dog and managing diabetes have some things in common. Up until about a week ago, I thought my dog really got the whole process. He went out in the morning, did his thing, then went out again around mid-day and once more at night. He was eating two meals a day with a few treats scattered in there.

Then about a week ago, for no apparent reason, he stopped eating breakfast and started going out at random times with or without…


Added by Jane K on November 30, 2011 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

Chefs culinary substitutions

As a chef I listed some of my favorite substitutions that can help with healthy cooking by not eliminating any of the flavor... please let me know if you have tried any of these and tell me what you think. Thanks!

Added by Gary Z on November 30, 2011 at 8:41am — 9 Comments

Try these Kale recipes... and tell me what you think.

At this post: Kale you can find 5 really easy ways to prepare and incorporate kale into your diet. They have been very beneficial for me... give them a try and tell me what you think.

Added by Gary Z on November 30, 2011 at 8:13am — 3 Comments

How does a Type 1 Diabetic lose weight?

I have tried almost everything to lose weight? Does anyone have any suggestions?

This is my regime on carbs and exercising.

For the past 4 months my sugar has had a weekly average of 6, montly average of 7.

Started exercising again on the 21 November 2011 - had to wait for my eye doctor to say yes to exercises.


1 carb - 3 units of Apidra & 28 units of Lantus


2 carbs - 6 units of…


Added by VikkiToria on November 30, 2011 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Cure For Diabetes Books? What Gives?

How do authors get away with naming books, "Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs " by Dr. Neal Bernard or "There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21+ Day Program" by Dr. Cousens? If diet would make our bodies capable of producing the right amount of insulin, type 1s would have been doing this a long time ago. I keep running into people who say I can cure my type 1 because of these books with there…


Added by Sarah Keech on November 29, 2011 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

New A1c

I had my HbA1c tested today in preparation for meeting the endo on Friday. My last test was 40 days ago, 13.1%. Today, 8.8!

So, while I'm still reeling, figuring out what I need to know, it looks like I'm doing some things right and I'm very happy about it. I know that I need to be much lower, but after only 40 days, this is pretty good!

Added by Ann on November 29, 2011 at 5:43pm — 7 Comments

Figure It Out "A Diabetes Tidbit"

When you try new things sometimes you just have to figure it out, check out what Nikki says about going from cheerleading to track.

Added by Julie on November 29, 2011 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Video The Flavorists on 60 Minutes: Tasting Inside Givaudan

See this post and video along with healthy cooking and eating tips at: Taste It My Way

This 60 Minute report called The Flavorists takes a look at multinational multibillion dollar Givaudan...

If you have not seen the report take a…


Added by Gary Z on November 29, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

And that's the way the cookie crumbles...

While I may not be a world-class baker, sugar cookies didn’t seem too lofty of a goal! However, I learned the hard way that baking with ingredient substitutions is not the same as baking a traditional recipe.

Get the full story on Discuss Diabetes here and don’t forget to share your baking tips!


Laura K.

Added by Laura K, Sanofi US Diabetes on November 29, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Pump question

Is the basal amount that is set up on your pump (in my case, .5 per hour) distributed over an hour or at one time in that hour?
I hope this is not an ignorant question!
Thanks for help!

Added by Laura on November 29, 2011 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Is this really so hard? Stop eating my food!

I've been neglecting this place pretty spectacularly, but I have a rant today that I need to let out somewhere. It's not some super serious health issue, or me on the cusp of some mental breakdown thank god. I mean I'm pretty close to bludgeoning my entire family with the first thing I grab, but whatever.

My mom does not understand why eating my sugar free and low carb snacks might be completely inconsiderate. For a while I thought she kept eating them to inflict some kind of mental…


Added by Winter on November 29, 2011 at 5:13am — 4 Comments

Do I need a "Plan B"?

The more I read, the more I learn about how difficult it can be to get the kind of help we need from our health care providers. I've already had one rough experience with an associate of my family doctor's. I'm seeing my endocrinologist for the first time on Friday and have no idea what to expect from him.

I will take with me my BG levels and carbohydrate numbers for the last six weeks. I'm hoping that he will agree that it's a real problem that my BG doesn't come down for hours after…


Added by Ann on November 29, 2011 at 1:34am — 4 Comments

Low carb failure

I went to the dr. for the results of my blood test to find my A1C had risen from 6.0 to 6.5 and that I have high cholesterol. I also am low on calcium and potassium. The cholesterol problem is probably related to having high fat dairy as per the Bernstein diet, I guess it is just not for elderly diabetics. Or maybe just some diabetics. Very disappointing result as I have been trying very hard to be good with the low carb stuff. The other thing that has been upsetting me is that I am putting…


Added by Pastelpainter on November 28, 2011 at 11:08pm — 10 Comments

just wanted to give everyone an update on aaron! we went to his follow up appt. to day and everything went good! thank you all for the kind words and support! even though aaron has adhd his medicine …

just wanted to give everyone an update on aaron! we went to his follow up appt. to day and everything went good! thank you all for the kind words and support! even though aaron has adhd his medicine doesnt bother with his sugar thank goodness, but over all we are doing well! we live here in clewiston florida and i was wondering if any of you out there live close by? just wondering! well hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed week, aaron and his twin brother ethan will turn 11 tomorrow so…


Added by SamanthaW( aaron's mom) on November 28, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Thank You All.

Well this has been a bit of a surprise to say the least. I did not expect to have this many folks welcome me. Kinda nice to see that it is possible meet so many folks like myself. Thanks everyone!

Added by David A Tee on November 28, 2011 at 6:20pm — 1 Comment

Happy New Diabetes Year

I was just on my way to the grocery store, listening to "So this is Christmas/And what have you done?/Another year over/And a new one just begun..."

It's been one year since we started living with diabetes. One year since Samantha went into the ICU and came back out with an insulin prescription. And what have we done? I feel like I've been letting life live me a little too much. It took the upper hand one year ago, and I'm getting ready to take the controls again. No more sitting…


Added by samsmom on November 28, 2011 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

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