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New - Wife Type II (Not A New Wife) New Member

Would like to hear from others that are currently using Metformin and Onglyza as their type II treatment for diabetes. My wife currently began again.. Yes again, She didn't treat for over 2 years.. She was on Metformin about 2 years ago and it didn't really agree with her so she went off.. This time she built up real slowly to 3 Metformin and one Onglyza a day. Just would like to hear from others that take the same two medications. Thanks for any input.

Added by SDChargerfan on March 17, 2015 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

Reflections on 20 Years with Type 1 Diabetes

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April 1995, when I was 35 years old (yes, do the math, since it’s been 20 years that makes me 55 years old and eligible for the senior discount at my local public swimming pool). In March 1995, I had been trying to get in to see my doctor, because I knew something was horribly wrong with my health. My doctor’s office gave me an appointment one month out; however, I was going downhill rapidly, and although I did go to my doctor without an appointment, I…


Added by Melitta on March 15, 2015 at 8:27pm — 23 Comments

Tocilizumab (Actemra) Starts a Phase-II Trial

Tocilizumab (brand name: Actemra, often shortened to TCZ) blocks the action of IL-6 which is a part of the immune system. It has been approved in the USA since 2010 for use against Rheumatoid Arthritis, which, like type-1 diabetes, is an autoimmune disease.  The hope is that since it works on one autoimmune disease, it will work on another.  Usually the drug is given as an IV drip (which requires a clinic visit), but recently a subcutaneous injection was approved.  Subcutaneous injections…


Added by joshualevy on March 15, 2015 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

The students got schooled

Today was the day! Our long-anticipated trip to the University of New England med student seminar on "Living with a Chronic Illness."

Eric got a half day of school and then he and I took off at noontime for UNE. He was excited, maybe a trifle apprehensive. I, having done this two years in a row, was pretty relaxed... right up till I realized that my brain-based navigation system was not as accurate as I thought, and I had to do a little fancy guesswork to get us where we needed to go.…


Added by Elizabeth on March 13, 2015 at 4:24pm — 8 Comments

For over a year my doctor has been telling me my blood glucose levels are high and I should watch what I eat. A few months ago I had my first A1C test and it was 6.1. Two weeks ago he gave me a scrip…

For over a year my doctor has been telling me my blood glucose levels are high and I should watch what I eat. A few months ago I had my first A1C test and it was 6.1. Two weeks ago he gave me a script for a meter and the PRICK unit..OUCH. Well for the past two weeks my levels have been from 81-246. I went to my Dr (GP) yesterday and he wrote the script for me after I passed the breathing test. I've been telling him about Afrezza for over a year. I am his first patient he has prescribed…


Added by Itellthetruth23 on March 13, 2015 at 3:28pm — 8 Comments

CGM Newb

It has been a whole week since I started using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Let me tell you, I LOVE IT! I used to scoff a bit at those who used CGMs and would say things like, "I don't know how I ever lived without it.". Now I find myself in total agreement with them. Really, how did I ever survive without this valuable tool?

I barely did; I was totally out of control. But that is a story I've talked about a lot. Just read my old posts. I am living proof.

So, how have I…


Added by Tamra on March 11, 2015 at 8:54pm — 4 Comments

Diabetes is like a wily opponent

I'm a senior citizen who happens to have type 1 diabetes. I say "happens to" because diabetes doesn't define who I am – it's just a nuisance which I have to keep close tabs on. I don't want to minimize this disease because it can be a killer but, to me, it's a wily opponent whom I'm constantly trying to outsmart. And it's been the motivation for me to write three upbeat books for children with diabetes to give them hope that they can live a normal life - just with a few adjustments.



Added by Goldfish on March 11, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Blogging on TuDiabetes is changing

As we move TuDiabetes to its new home we are changing the way blog posts appear in the community.  In the new design of TuDiabetes we will curate blog posts about life with diabetes from other sources, outside of the TuDiabetes website.  Blogs that are written by members of TuDiabetes who want to post them on the website will go…


Added by Emily Coles on March 11, 2015 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Oh The Problems that We run into

I called my medical supplier last night to Refill on my pump supplies Mio's and Reservoirs and was informed that now mt Medicaid Only covers a 30 day supply of each I didn't say anything to the customer service lady because it's not her fault but today I will be calling the insurance and asking them if they take into consideration that not everyone lives close to the medical supplier hints me who lives 5 1/2 hrs away what are we suppose to do if in that 30 days we A.) have a bad site B.)…


Added by Stephanietype1 on March 11, 2015 at 9:26am — 4 Comments

Have not been on in a long time...

Wow life has been something else the last few weeks, and haven't made it on much. Major life decisions have made their ways into my life that I was majorly unprepared for. Diabetes I noticed, where as it is a major part of my life, my own diabetes kind of took a back seat in the importance of the events. Have any of yall noticed when life gets busy, that you seem to just kind of take care of your needs just enough to get by?

Added by Mekenzie D on March 9, 2015 at 5:54pm — No Comments

So Pleased To Be On The Pump!

Looking over my Carelink reports last night. I glanced at the average blood sugar level since starting on the pump Jan 5th. I am so happy to report, drum roll please.... 118! That is an A1c level of 5.5!
Prior to going on the pump, the last A1c was taken in December, and that was a 6.2. The year before that, I was 8.5.

I am so pumped up now!

Added by Tim on March 9, 2015 at 9:15am — 2 Comments

The Horrifying Time That I *Almost* Lost My Insulin Pump!!

Yesterday I had a bit of a horrifying experience that occurred.

So, yesterday my mom, and I went shopping just like we normally would on a Saturday morning. We decided yesterday to go to Kohls because we had some coupons we wanted to use and there were a lot of sales going on that day.

While at Kohls, I had been looking at clothes because again there were sales and we had coupons. So, when I try on clothes, I will just disconnect my insulin pump as I just find it easier that…


Added by Cayla on March 8, 2015 at 9:03pm — 8 Comments

Smart Insulin (MK-2640) Starts Clinical Trials

This is a blog posting that I've been waiting four years to write: the start of clinical trials for "Smart Insulin".  

First, some general background on "Smart Insulin". The idea here is simple: create a chemical that holds insulin and only releases that insulin when the sugar level in the surrounding region is high. You would not have to measure blood sugar levels or match insulin to food. Instead you would just take this "self-dosing" insulin compound and it would release…


Added by joshualevy on March 8, 2015 at 4:04pm — 4 Comments

Just a short note

We are all aware that some big changes are coming to TuDiabetes soon. I have been trying to keep up with all the news and information provided on the changes and the vast majority of it seems to be positive and agreeable.

Only one thing stands out to me, personally, as a somewhat negative change and is the loss of blogs. I'm not too upset about this, however, because I keep my primary blog elsewhere.

I have enjoyed posting my blog here, though, because it has been a valuable…


Added by Tamra on March 8, 2015 at 10:39am — 13 Comments

First Blog Post AKA a Rant

I have been contemplating the idea of having a blog where I can get my 'diabetes frustrations' out. Writing in a journal has always been a good outlet for me so I figured why not give it a try. So here goes nothing...

Lately most of my 'diabetes frustrations' have been a direct result of communicating with my Grandmother. She is uneducated on many things, her own disease being one of them (Type 2). Her blood sugars are not in good control and she does suffer from some complications. I…


Added by jriccardi on March 8, 2015 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Eight Years of Pumping

My fasting glucose was 200 to 250 before I started pumping, now it is usually in the 95 to 110 range. I have dawn phenomenon, at it's peak in the middle of the night I have my pump deliver about 4 times as much insulin as during the afternoon. That controls my glucose very nicely.
Pumping is not for everyone, you need to be willing to learn to count carbohydrates in order to put it to good use.

It's a lot of work, but the results can be amazing.


Added by Lloyd on March 7, 2015 at 11:20am — 7 Comments

Finally seeing progress...

I've been struggling with my body in the last few weeks. Found myself with some sort of cold/flu symptoms & had to stop exercising for a couple weeks! My blood sugars were getting out of CONTROL & I wasn't sure what the heck to do!!

I just completed a clean-eating challenge group on Facebook & I lost 3 pounds! I also got in a couple workouts at the end of this week which automatically makes me feel stronger, happier & in control! :)

Added by Alexandra on March 7, 2015 at 9:51am — No Comments

Old Enough to Speak for Himself

Next week, I will be returning to the University of New England's Medical School to participate in their Friday seminar on living with chronic illness. It's a thing they do with their first-year students — each Friday, they focus on a different condition and invite patients in (along with an expert in the particular field) to describe what their experience has been dealing with the disease du jour. This is the third year I've gone to tell the collection of eager young med students what it…


Added by Elizabeth on March 7, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Part of the 3%

Today has been beautiful all around. I had to wake up early to get to an endocrinologist appointment. Getting up early wasn't altogether fun, but everything since then has been roses.

I had a few minutes before I had to run out the door so I decided to check my e-mail. I'm glad I did because I got a notice that my lab results were available to view. I knew I was going to get those same results at my endo visit but decided it would be nice to know ahead of time so I could have any…


Added by Tamra on March 6, 2015 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Their 3% Chances still doesn't give me peace of mind

My Children each have a 3% Chance of Developing Type 1 Down the road because my Husband does not have Diabetes on his side at all but even though I know that it still makes me want to get them tested I just feel like if I know I can put my fears to rest but at the same time I just want to let them be kids and live life no matter what and if they do become type 1 so be it but the thought is always in the back of my mind.

Added by Stephanietype1 on March 6, 2015 at 9:53am — 3 Comments

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