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An apology...

I owe the community a clarification and an apology, in particular to those that participated in our Live Interview about the Medicare Coverage for CGM that took place yesterday.

As I wrote on this blog entry, Diabetes Hands Foundation (the nonprofit…


Added by Manny Hernandez on August 27, 2014 at 4:40pm — 11 Comments

What's up with advocacy at Diabetes Hands Foundation?

At Diabetes Hands Foundation (the nonprofit I was fortunate to co-found back in 2008, which drives TuDiabetes among other programs) diabetes advocacy has become an increasingly important part of our work over time. Since 2013, these efforts took us down a path that resulted in a roadmap with three core components:

1) Building up a database of Active Diabetes Advocates:

A robust database with…


Added by Manny Hernandez on August 27, 2014 at 4:22pm — 6 Comments

BOOK REVIEW - Balancing Diabetes: Kerri @SixUntilMe's first book

** Full disclosure (and something I am very proud of): I am a good friend of Kerri... Having said that, every last word I am about to share with you about her book is nothing but the truth, the whole truth, so help me God! ;)


If you haven't read…


Added by Manny Hernandez on February 26, 2014 at 6:12pm — 5 Comments

Less stress with diabetes through organizing your life with help from Susan and Leslie

Susan and Leslie, a recognized certified diabetes educator and an authority on helping people become organized, combine their respective powerful strengths into "…


Added by Manny Hernandez on February 2, 2014 at 10:07pm — 5 Comments

Riva has done it again: Her best book ever!!

Full disclosure: Riva is an advisor for Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Riva has done it again! Her third book is EVEN better than her first two, as hard to accomplish as you can imagine (THAT is how good they were).

In "…


Added by Manny Hernandez on August 5, 2013 at 7:09pm — No Comments

The trip down from an A1c of 7.4

Yesterday I got back my latest labwork. ALL other things looked beautiful: cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL, everything...

But my A1c climbed up (again), this time to 7.4: the highest it's ever been. :(

I know it could be worse, and I know it's only a number. But per acidrock's recommendation, I am here posting about it. Because I need everyone's support to make this happen.

I want to get back to an A1c of 6.1-6.2. I don't want to go much lower than that.

Added by Manny Hernandez on July 29, 2013 at 11:29am — 19 Comments

THANK YOU!!! We made it to 10,000 views!

Tonight, I got a text message alerting me to some amazing news: we were getting VERY close to 10,000 views of the Diabetes CoStars video (if you still haven't watched it, you don't know what you are missing!)

Why was this a big deal? Because upon reaching 10,000 views, Sanofi (who made the video possible) would…


Added by Manny Hernandez on June 9, 2013 at 9:35pm — 13 Comments

The State of the Diabetes (Social Media) Union: your take...

As I prepare for another fun session I will be delivering along with David Edelman, Amy Tenderich, and Hope Warshaw, at this year's AADE meeting in Philadelphia, one of my tasks is to share with attendees 'The State of the Diabetes (Social Media) Union'.

I would love your take on it, to bring to the meeting everyone's thoughts in true social media/crowdsourced spirit.

If you can, please indicate in one paragraph your opinion about the highlights, the not-so-great moments and…


Added by Manny Hernandez on May 13, 2013 at 11:41am — 18 Comments

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: stay-at-home parent wisdom! (from a DOC friend)

I had a chance to meet Scott Bennet in person for the first time in the summer of 2012. Previously, I had only read some of his posts on his blog Arden's Day about the life of Arden, his daughter who lives with type 1 diabetes. When I met…


Added by Manny Hernandez on March 1, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Elliott Yamin: The TuDiabetes Interview

This interview with Elliott Yamin was published nearly 5 years ago, Nov. 15, 2007. We updated it with a couple of photos from tonight's shoot for the 2012 Big Blue Test campaign, and links for you to show your support for his work, as a way to say thanks for joining the campaign this year.…


Added by Manny Hernandez on September 10, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Thank you for these 5 years, Andreina!

You may not know this, but for the past few months, we have been diligently preparing for the departure of Andreina from the staff of Diabetes Hands Foundation. She is my wife, my friend, the mother of my son, and someone who has taught me so muchin the 13 years since I know her, and in the 5+ years since we've been working…


Added by Manny Hernandez on September 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 20 Comments

The new iPhone case for the iBGStar: one pro and one con

Just got this iPhone case from the folks at Sanofi to try it out with their iBGStar (which they also gave me at no cost to try out). I was glad to see the case put out by Sanofi, considering it was one of the first issues I encountered with the iBGStar: that the meter wouldn't connect properly with the iPhone if you were using a case for the phone (at least with mine the thickness of the case prevented the meter to plug in all the way).

So many people have…


Added by Manny Hernandez on August 26, 2012 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

My Dream Glucose Meter

My dream glucose meter would:

  • Have the precision of the new Nano from AccuChek (15/15% vs. the current FDA standards of 20/20%).
  • Allow me to test without having lights on (like the VerioIQ from OneTouch does).
  • Connect to my iPhone to save the need for cables (like the…

Added by Manny Hernandez on August 17, 2012 at 8:00pm — 16 Comments

40 Years, 40 Lessons

July 15, 2012 I turned 40. Here are 40 random lessons I've learned, in no particular order:

1. Play peek-a-boo with crying babies in airplanes.

2. Always stay in touch with your childhood friends.

3. When you read a good book, tell others about it.

4. Share good jokes: the world needs more people smiling.

5. Adopt a dog: they are great companions.



Added by Manny Hernandez on July 23, 2012 at 12:01pm — 5 Comments

Thank you!

I am speechless... I am crying tears of joy. I was not expecting the beautiful video you guys have put together for my 40th birthday.

Really, thank you! Thank you...

Added by Manny Hernandez on July 15, 2012 at 2:20am — 15 Comments

Haiti: possibility and determination in spite of tragedy

We left Haiti and Dominican Republic behind a few days ago and I am barely starting to collect my thoughts about the people in the great island of Hispaniola and the 20 million people that live in it.

Our goal traveling to the Caribbean island was to meet with the groups leading the efforts to help people touched by diabetes in Dominican Republic (…


Added by Manny Hernandez on July 10, 2012 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Dominican Republic and Haiti Trip (Day 1): arriving

Preparing for this trip has been one of the most exhausting, yet highly anticipated things I have done in very long. Coming in the heels of the ADA Scientific Sessions meant that we had very little time to recover from nearly a week of back-to-back meetings and sessions in Philadelphia, before it was time to get ready to fly out of the Bay Area to head to Dominican Republic and Haiti.

(left: Sean Ross, director for…


Added by Manny Hernandez on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

VerioIQ: my experience...

I recently had a chance to give a whirl to the OneTouch VerioIQ glucose meter and found the experience to be fundamentally positive.


  • The patters are a big help. When you have entered enough BG readings, if…

Added by Manny Hernandez on May 11, 2012 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

It's the 5th birthday of TuDiabetes! Give us $5 (or more if you can)

In March of 2008 2007, we started TuDiabetes because we saw that too many people with diabetes were feeling isolated instead of benefiting from the shared experience they could have by connecting to other people touched by diabetes.

Today, Diabetes Hands Foundation's networks allow members to find support locally and globally. Our more than 23,000 members…


Added by Manny Hernandez on March 26, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Welcome Donna H to the DHF Board of Directors!

I am VERY honored to share a great piece of news with the TuDiabetes community!!!

We recently reached out to Donna H, whom many of you likely know through TuDiabetes, inviting her to join the Board of Directors at the Diabetes Hands Foundation, the nonprofit responsible for TuDiabetes.

She kindly…


Added by Manny Hernandez on January 4, 2012 at 12:28pm — 9 Comments

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Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Melissa Lee
(Interim Executive Director, Editor, has type 1)

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, has LADA)

Emily Coles (Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Director of Operations and Development, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


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Marie B (has type 1)

DanP (has Type 1)

Gary (has type 2)

David (has type 2)


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