Featured Blog Posts (116)

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…

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Added by MelissaBL on December 9, 2014 at 2:06pm — 6 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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

Reflecting...and celebrating, With a little guilt.

So, today was my 6 month endo appt. No big deal, right? Well today while talking to her, I was overwhelmed by so many emotions. Pride. Joy. Luck. Amazement. And guilt. Why guilt? Ill get to that.

I dont really blog much, but wanted to share this with my TuD fam.

Endo (after looking at my blood work): Well, your cholesterol is about 25 points too high, and you could probably stand to lose about 15 pounds.

Me (after all these things hit me): Uh, really? Thats…

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Added by Dan P on October 23, 2014 at 5:30pm — 12 Comments

A milestone

Today is the sixth anniversary of Eric's diagnosis. And you know what? I didn't remember that until I had to run to the nurse's office to give her a new meter (the 5-year-old OneTouch Ultralink meter we'd gotten with Eric's pump gave up the ghost, not unexpectedly). When I signed into the school, I put the date down, and realized... oh.

What's funny is that October 6 and 7 represent a 2-day anniversary of what remains, and hopefully will always remain, the worst 48-hour period I've…

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Added by Elizabeth on October 7, 2014 at 10:38am — 3 Comments

September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014



I wanted to write a blog today about the use of immunosuppressant therapy and the possibility of using these drugs to suspend the damage caused by the autoimmune system in early type 1 diabetics. It is evolving science and it might work as a way to suspend damage to the islets cells in the pancreas in early detection patients. There are obvious issues, like…

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Added by rick the "Blogabetic" on September 11, 2014 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

zombie "pay it forward"?

I don’t know what to make of this thought, so here goes:

I was supposed to be dead or severely disabled by now, at the best guess of the doctor in the hospital where I was admitted and diagnosed. He was talking to my Dad. I wasn’t supposed to hear, but since I was pretending to be asleep, I did. “Oh he’ll be okay for a while, but they all have bad complications in 20 years or so, and after 30 years, welllll, you know”. That was 1977.

I guess I owe my life to big pharma, Eli…

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Added by Joe on September 10, 2014 at 2:58pm — 9 Comments

A1c

I just got my A1c done today and it has gone up to 7.9 (last one was 7.4 three months ago). I see my endo tomorrow and he is not going to be happy (not that he'll be mad...just disappointed).

This summer has been crazy, though, which I think played a big part. When I was travelling and had to bring all my own food I brought stuff like cereal for breakfast because it was portable and didn't need refrigeration, and I was travelling for three weeks this summer ...

But I am also…

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Added by Jen on September 9, 2014 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

A Lesson Learned from My Dog

I have the privilege of working from my home, which some may know, has its ups and downs. One of the ups was that I was able to bring my dogs to work with me every day. My little Chihuahua, who just passed away last week, would always find a sunny spot on the rug to sleep, even if it was just the tiniest sliver of sun peeking through the blinds in the corner. She was definitely on to something.



Did you ever notice most people are happier in the summer? Of course I like the change…

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Added by jpulizzi on September 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

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