Author Archives: jane k

Menopause and Diabetes

Yikes! Who would write a blog post about menopause?? Who would read it?? As I quickly approach that time in life, I am thinking about things like cardio (heart) protection, blood glucose swings, sleep, bone health – all the things … Continue reading

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Different Kinds of Hope

I recently heard someone say that there are different kinds of hope. She talked about lazy hope and authentic hope. She shared that we’re displaying lazy hope when we say things like, “I hope you do well.” On the other hand, authentic … Continue reading

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Thankful for Insulin and More

It’s a good day to think about thanks. All the other days I’m so busy getting life done. I’m checking blood glucose levels, taking insulin, counting carbs, making appointments, going to appointments, working, working, working, driving kids, teaching kids to … Continue reading

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People Helping People

Today is World Diabetes Day. It’s the anniversary of Fred Banting’s birthday. It’s Tuesday. Today we wear blue, display blue circles, and talk about diabetes – funding, research, new technologies, new devices, new treatments, a cure.   Last week I … Continue reading

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National Commission on Diabetes

Did you see that Trump signed a bill to establish a “national commission of health care experts” on diabetes? I’m actually very excited about this! And what better time to do it than during National Diabetes Educator Week? My hope … Continue reading

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Official Candy Taster

I once owned a t-shirt that said “Official Candy Taster.” I loved that t-shirt, and every October I wonder what happened to it. The other day the parents of a child with diabetes asked me for suggestions on how to deal … Continue reading

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Words Matter: The Language of Diabetes

The language people use to discuss and write about diabetes and the people who live with it has long been questioned. Becoming aware of and changing the language and messaging related to health is not unique to diabetes. In fact, … Continue reading

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Engagement Stories

I went through a phase where I was fascinated by couples’ engagement stories. I had several friends and family members who had especially cute or romantic ones. Now engagement has a different twist for me. It still means a connection or … Continue reading

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Health Alert

Remember cigarettes? My kids tell me no one smokes anymore (they vape, etc.). Yet, inactivity has more recently been equated with smoking in terms of the health effects. If sitting is the new smoking, then I’m a chain smoker. I sit … Continue reading

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The eXercise Factor

Exercise means different things to different people: dreaded addictive fun boring enjoyable tedious social For those of us with diabetes, exercise is an important part of managing blood glucose. It’s not easy and it’s not always consistent. Whether you ride … Continue reading

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