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No Pee For You!

Part of being a diabetic is having to do blood work every few months. The normal tests include A1c, cholesterol, kidney, liver, and more. Usually you don't just get blood drawn but also must give a urine sample.

I always get to the lab right at opening. I do this for a couple of reasons, one being that the labs must be done while fasting. It is easier to fast overnight because you are sleeping and don't need to eat and don't think about food and hunger, and it doesn't mess up your…


Added by Tamra on November 3, 2014 at 8:56am — No Comments

Celebrating the Accomplishments of Kids

Celebrating the Accomplishments of Kids

Did you happen to see the video of the women’s Basketball Player from Mount St. Joseph University (MSJU)? Wow talk about a story. Lauren Hill a freshman with the team has inoperable brain cancer. She is not expected to live past December and she had a dream to play at least one college basketball game. Because she is progressively getting…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on November 3, 2014 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

people with a scandanavian/eastern european background more likely to have diabetic genes?

there is a theory that because the spread of the agiculutral revolution reached certain populations later, these populations have fewer adaptations to eating the relatively greater amount of carbs that were introduced with that revolution. could you tell me your background? do you have any Scandinavian or easter european blood? Thanks.

Added by v/prediabetic on November 3, 2014 at 2:17am — 10 Comments

Sometimes all you need to do is click on a video on YouTube

       My name is Janne. I've been type 1 diabetic since i was 10. About five years ago up until last June, i subconsciously hated my diabetes, even the word itself, until i watched a video of DiabeticDanica around July, I realized that i wasn't so accepting about my condition.

       The video I watched was called Why I Check my Blood Sugar by DiabeticDanica. I used to not check my blood sugar whenever I knew I was high, which…


Added by pbandjanne on November 2, 2014 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

In the bump of the night

3.45am,on a Monday morning woke up by Jimbob some 2 hours ago nugging my nose you never get use to waking up with a cat full in your face hello jimbob I say what do you want this time in a morning she gives a little squeek not a meooow like the other two cats Brieni and Brian ok come on jim lets go and see what the other two cat`s are doing, half asleep half awake not a good thing to be when clambering down two flights of stairs almost in the dark trying to avoid falling over the cat who…


Added by twiddlemthumbs on November 2, 2014 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Let’s put the WORLD back in World Diabetes Day

Everyone’s getting very excited for World Diabetes Day because it is one of the most important days for people living with diabetes worldwide. It’s a day used to raise awareness about the condition, to fundraise, to promote healthy living, and more. All of these initiatives are definitely important and worthwhile, but this year I very…


Added by Elizabeth Rae on November 1, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Diabetes Awareness Month Has Begun!

So, it's the kick off of diabetes awareness month today!

Today if you did not already know is type one diabetes day. Happy T1D day to all my fellow T1Ds!

I personally think diabetes awareness month is very important. It is our month to spread awareness and make others aware of diabetes and I encourage all of you to do just that!

Remember to wear blue throughout the month especially on November 14th which is World Diabetes Day.

I hope you all spread… Continue

Added by Cayla on October 31, 2014 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Map of Autoimmune Diseases in association with Type 1 Diabetes

The Nature Magazine published an article called 'Genetic and epigenetic fine mapping of causal autoimmune disease variants'. In this research they have tried to identify nucleotide changes in the DNA and the autoimmune disease they potentially cause. Not surprisingly they identified clusters of diseases that might have something in common or are even co-conditions. To some degree these…


Added by Holger Schmeken on October 31, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

First week of school with diabetes

Brennan was diagnosed on October 21st. with diabetes. We have kept him home from school to get the pattern down and for him to get use to the finger pricks and shots. He went back to school on Monday. Since he is only in kindergarten this has been a huge adjustment to the teacher and to me. We finally have a plan for him. The nurse comes down to his classroom at 5 different times to test. Then she comes down before lunch and gives him his shot.He only goes to the nurses office for serious…


Added by Jennifer on October 31, 2014 at 8:03am — 4 Comments

A very nice surprise

My A1c's have been good for a long time, but this year they have been going in the wrong direction. 5.4, then 5.6, then 5.8. I've been preparing myself for news that my test results are no longer in the non-diabetic range (4.7 tp 5.8 at the lab I use).
I went in this morning and got the results a half hour later.......
If you hear a noise when you open your front door, that may be me shouting it from the rooftops. That's 33 in a row under 6.

Added by Lloyd on October 30, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Halloween Memories

Halloween Memories

I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 17 so as a child I did not have conflicts about candy. By the time I was diagnosed, the celebration of Halloween with candy was in my past. The same for my sons, who are not diabetic and therefore we (mostly me) took them around the neighborhood each year and they got to enjoy the candy associated with the…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on October 30, 2014 at 3:00am — 5 Comments


I was diagnosed at the age of 5 . I have struggled and fought with my diabetes a lot especially during my teen years. I suffered DKA when I was 14 and almost lost my life . I learned from that day forward that I needed to love myself and take care of myself . It happened because I wasn’t eating or taking my…


Added by TheDiabetesHero on October 29, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments

A Good Doctor

I'm increasingly glad that I ended up with my current primary doctor. He is not perfect, no doctor is, but he meets all my criteria for a good doctor. He listens to me when I talk to him. He takes all my health conditions into consideration when dealing with individual issues. He wants me to know what he knows, not just treating me without explaining. He doesn't jump to medication, he considers all possible treatments and chooses the best for my situation. He works with me, he knows I am a…


Added by Tamra on October 29, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

Important advocacy for diabetes care

Important advocacy for diabetes care

I will be joining several people on October 29, 2014 using twitter to advocate for 3 very important causes related to diabetes. The twitter event starts at 8:00 PM Eastern and will last one hour. If you use twitter, please join us. If not please write you US House Representative or US Senators and ask their support for…


Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on October 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

The Fault in Our Stars.. Diabetes perspective.

I like every other teenage girl on the planet have a great love for romantic movies. TFIOS is one the greatest love stories on the planet. Hazel bumped into Gus by pure accident almost running him into a door! This would soon become one of the most important things to ever happen to her and him also. This shows that not everything begins perfectly. You may have had a rocky start to your diabetic life but it doesn't need to carry on this way, it could become a strength rather than a weakness.…


Added by Sara_Louise on October 26, 2014 at 3:03pm — 3 Comments

21 day Sugar Detox Challenge

21 days to ditch the sugar habit

Okay everyone 5 friends and I are doing a 21 day sugar detox starting tomorrow.  This will bring us to November 14th.  Cleaning out your system and ridding of all bad is…


Added by Jill Knapp on October 26, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dealing with our dog Rocky who also has diabetes is stressful.

Just dealing with his every day care is not too bad, but for the last 2-3 weeks he has not been eating much. He's lost over a pound and we've had him to the vet's 3 times in the space of a week and a half.

I find myself looking to comfort foods and I know it's because we are concerned and worried about him.

I am not writing this post in order to get you to read his blog, but if you are interested it's…


Added by Ila on October 26, 2014 at 6:33am — 4 Comments

Our Second Diabetes Diagnosis

The day Griffin was diagnosed with diabetes was one of my darkest days. I never imagined I would have to go through it all over again with another one of my children. Last weekend my 5 year old son Brennan was very lethargic and he didn't seem like himself he was laying around and he was very whiny. I thought he was probably getting a cold or something. Then Monday came around and he seemed okay he just kept telling me he was tired and he looked a little thinner than normal and I was like oh…


Added by Jennifer on October 25, 2014 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Type-1 and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A reader of this blog asked me what I knew about the relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Type-1 Diabetes.  I didn't know anything, but over the last few weeks, I've been looking through the research.  There is not a lot, but what there is, I've summarized here.

The sound track for this posting is Bon Jovi's I'll Sleep When I'm Dead:…


Added by joshualevy on October 24, 2014 at 7:10pm — 2 Comments

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

This is purely my own experience and opinion.

There are arguments out there that claim taking vitamin and mineral supplements does nothing to help improve health. That they are a waste of money, and in some cases can be harmful. Some state that our bodies can't properly metabolize the supplements in pill form because our bodies are made to draw the nutrients from the source (food, etc.) and so just spill the nutrients from pills through the bodies urine.

I can't say if these…


Added by Tamra on October 23, 2014 at 7:26pm — 7 Comments

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