Monthly Archives: February 2013

What is type 2 diabetes?

Earlier I wrote about type 1 diabetes, so now it’s time to discuss type 2 diabetes (formerly referred to as Type II, “adult-onset,” or “non insulin-dependent” diabetes mellitus). Type 2 diabetes is not as straight-forward as type 1. Type 2 … Continue reading

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Relax! With Diabetes?

Have you ever gotten so stressed out that when people tell you to relax it makes you angry? You know that feeling of barely keeping your head above water? Constantly trying to keep up or catch up? And then you … Continue reading

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Diabetes “Control”

Can you blame women with diabetes, who just had a baby, for having worse “control” after delivery?? Notice I put “control” in quotes. I’ve written previously about why I don’t like to use that word, but I’m using it today … Continue reading

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Lower weight at altitude

Have you heard about this? Researchers looked at over 400,000 people and found that those who live at altitude are less likely to be obese. I find that fascinating, because for so long people have been saying that Colorado is a … Continue reading

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Keeping up Diabetes Appearances

I showed my parents my new book yesterday (we are visiting them in Florida). My mother  read a few bits and pieces and happened to see the part about her taking me to an ice cream shop immediately after I … Continue reading

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Diabetes Book!

Many patients ask me, “What diabetes book should I buy?” And there are so many out there that it’s hard to answer. A few years ago I met a patient who was brand new to diabetes. When she and her … Continue reading

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Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

Do you know the difference between signs and symptoms? Here’s a little lesson from nursing school: signs are what others look for (such as behavior changes or things you can see) and symptoms are what you experience (such as shakiness, … Continue reading

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The Whats and Whys of Diabetes Management

Here’s some food for thought: Rather than asking what (do I have to do), consider asking why (do I want to do it). Rather than saying I have to, consider saying I get to. By figuring out what motivates you … Continue reading

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Pomegranate

Do you eat pomegranate? I like the idea of pomegranate: a healthy fruit. I like the look of pomegranate: a pretty fruit. But the last time my daughter had a pomegranate, she made such a mess that I told her I … Continue reading

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Fear of Diabetes

Last night my website became non-responsive. I couldn’t log off, I couldn’t log on, I couldn’t make changes. I kept getting a blank, white screen. I was terrified to touch anything. I was afraid I would break it (more). Fortunately, … Continue reading

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