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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

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

Helping Someone with T1D and Eating Disorders

“I can do this,” I thought as I listened to the doctor explain how our daughter, Erin, had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My mother had T1D. Yes, there had been a lot of advances in technology since her passing 15 years before, but the basics were still the same. It was all about numbers – measuring food, counting carbohydrates, blood glucose levels, insulin dosages, body weight, hours of activity, hours of sleep, etc. What I didn’t understand at the time was the mental and…


Added by MamaDawn on February 24, 2015 at 12:45am — 7 Comments

#Nightscout | Harboring Autonomy #WeAreNotWaiting #CGMintheCloud

My number one reservation about starting Nightscout was the size and weight of the rig. It's a definite price to pay. It's not ideal, but Caleb's been able to manage, and the benefits are currently worth the price.

My next concern was taking a step backward in the progress we had made in Caleb's…


Added by Lorraine on February 4, 2015 at 6:58am — 11 Comments

It has been one year

It has been one year

On January 28, 2015 many of us marked the one year anniversary of the passing of our beloved friend JRTPUP (Barbara). Much has happened in that year and as difficult as it is to remember, I am drawn to write this blog so our broader community will know of Barbara’s contributions but also so we might take a collective breath and…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on January 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — 17 Comments


How about a little trip down memory lane from an old-timer at TuD? I know I'm not the only one, so please chime in with your own memories from Ye Olde Days!

I had never belonged to any social networking site, though I had lurked at one (the ubiquitous facebook came much later when I finally admitted it might be the only way to keep track of my busy daughter and nieces!). My D had been diagnosed a few months earlier and the focus it took to try for control had sapped my creative…


Added by Judith in Portland on January 23, 2015 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

Comparing ALL the Insulin Pumps!

I've used almost all of the insulin pumps on the market (that's a long and winding story itself) over the last 14 years of pumping, so when people want my opinion on a pump, I ask them to pull up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. I'll drop some knowledge.

As Tech Editor for ASweetLife.org, I recently published the most massive pump comparison analysis you've ever had the…


Added by Melissa Lee on December 9, 2014 at 2:06pm — 10 Comments

I can breathe

This sight is all new to me. Over lunch break I started looking through everything and I have to say... it brings tears to my eyes to see the chats like normal convo, the post of people experiencing highs and lows, pump talk, basal, bolus, shots, bg readings, etc. 17 Years ago my thyroid was removed due to graves disease then shortly after that I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I don't have much support as I am the only one who is diabetic in my family. So to see all the support on this…


Added by Yella on December 4, 2014 at 12:56pm — 10 Comments

Taking my Body Back.

Hello out there!

My name is Lindsey and I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since October 2012. Well, that's what they tell me at least. Now that I have come into a lot more knowledge about diabetes and what the symptoms are of high blood sugars, I can assume that I was struggling with this for a couple years before I was ever diagnosed.

I am very lucky that it never got to the point that I needed to be hospitalized for it, however, when it was caught, my first A1C was…


Added by beautyandwonderment on November 25, 2014 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

I think I'm an IDIOT!! (caps intended!!)

I like to think I'm a reasonably intelligent woman or at least I seem to learn quickly. But either I'm losing IQ points since having turned 50, or I'm just an IDIOT!!!

Now, I'm almost 2 yrs into my T1 dance & as u know, I've really tried to do my research to understand my new normal, but I seriously made a HUGE misstep...TWICE!!

I'll explain... I'm trying to incorporate a daily after dinner walk in an attempt to control my post-prandial highs. Great in…


Added by Sandy on November 22, 2014 at 10:23pm — 10 Comments

The Big Blue Test and a Wider Variety of Exercise

As I age and various physical limitations like arthritis manifest themselves more prominently, I am grateful to remember some priorities that I explored back when I was first diagnosed (2007). I also have fibromyalgia since 1995 and I was a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer for 40 years: Translation: Analyzing movement and what it does is in my blood and bones and soul for decades.

While there is absolutely no flaw in the inspiring, gorgeously produced BBT videos, I'd like to…


Added by Judith in Portland on November 22, 2014 at 11:14pm — 5 Comments

Life Lessons Learned From Being Diseased

First, don't give me any flack about the title. I know many diabetics refuse to be labeled as "diseased". I personally don't care how I am labeled; diseased, conditioned, chronic-ed, mellitused, special, unique, insulin challenged, defective... just don't call me disabled (and don't frickin' pronounce it "diabetus"). I am perfectly able of doing anything any non-diabetic can do, except produce my own insulin. I simply chose this title because I thought it would spike some…


Added by Tamra on November 20, 2014 at 11:12pm — 4 Comments

Artificial Pancreas Update (Nov 2014)

This is a quick update on several artificial pancreas (AP) projects.  The term "artificial pancreas" refers to using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to feed data to a computer, which controls an insulin pump, and in some models, a glucagon pump as well.  Artificial pancreas refers to using existing technology in all these areas, but connecting them together so that a person does not need to worry about counting carbs or blood glucose levels.  It is all done…


Added by joshualevy on November 15, 2014 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

A type 2 blog

A few day ago my good friend Rick wrote a blog about how there are few blogs that are written by Type 2 diabetics. Of course he is right, even though our numbers are great few of us choose to blog. I decided then to do my part and write a blog but the question was what to write about. I soon that realized a subject brought up by Stoner, another friend of mine. "What is it like to have Diabetes" would be an…


Added by Stemwinder (Gary) on November 12, 2014 at 7:38pm — 14 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

New to Diabetes...and blogging...

Hello. So I got diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago but kind of ignored it. I tried diet and exercise for a while and it worked for a while. Then life happened, and being a comfort eater I regressed. I tried to use herbs, which I found worked if only I could afford them, which I couldn't buy them often enough for them to build up in my system. So anyways I'm back now beginning to take Metformin 500 BID. I get Diarrhea really bad from it, so this morning I took only half to see what…


Added by mama11 on November 10, 2014 at 7:48am — 1 Comment

Beta-O2 Starts a Phase-I Trial (and an update on encapsulated beta cells generally)

Introduction to Encapsulated Beta Cells

Encapsulated beta cells are implanted devices.  The encapsulation coating allows blood sugar in, and insulin out, but does not allow the body's immune system to attack the beta cells. It also allows nutrients in and waste products out. This allows the beta cells to naturally grow and to react to the body's sugar by generating insulin which goes into the body's blood system. Meanwhile, the body's autoimmune attack cannot target…


Added by joshualevy on November 5, 2014 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Impressions from the FDA panel on Unmet Patient Needs

I was fortunate in being able to take part on November 3rd in a FDA panel on Unmet Patient Needs. I talked about this earlier and I know that many of you attended (or tried to attend). While there were technical difficulties, I was very pleased with the result. Below are my impressions.…


Added by Brian (bsc) on November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

The Question

Numbers! Numbers! That is all I see some days. Numbers with business...net profit, gross profit, P&L statements, account payables, account receivers, tax forms, daily sales, weekly sales, monthly sales, yearly sales, compare them to last year, and many more.

A couple of weeks ago, I was logging my other numbers...you know...those D numbers.

A log book full of BG numbers of when I get up, when I eat and two hours after, before I go to bed, carb amounts eaten with said…


Added by Stoner on November 5, 2014 at 11:28am — 2 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



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HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST GRANTS SUPPORT TO DIABETES HANDS FOUNDATION FOR FOURTH YEAR  Funding in 2015 to support major transitions in programs and leadership at Diabetes Hands Foundation BERKELEY, CA: February 18, 2015 – The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Read on! →

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Melissa Lee
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