Category Archives: diabetes care

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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Different Problems, Same Goal

Last Sunday at #AADE17, I had the honor to be part of a presentation on the language of diabetes. Three of us, who are authors on the upcoming joint paper on language use in diabetes care and education, presented to … Continue reading

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Time in Range

Two weeks ago I had the honor of taking part in the Glycemic Outcomes Beyond A1C meeting in DC. There were many smart, well-informed diabetes professionals in the room and it was fascinating to hear their thoughts on this important … Continue reading

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Tools for Diabetes Management

I know it’s true for me, and I’ve noticed it in others…those of us with diabetes can get stuck in a rut. We like what we like. I once read “I would die without my pump” and I thought, “That’s … Continue reading

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FDA looks #BeyondA1C

When I was at the recent #AADE16 meeting, I heard and read a lot about looking at outcomes other than A1C. This was the first time I actually heard someone mention “patient-driven outcomes.” Thinking about things that matter to people … Continue reading

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What diabetes educators do…

I recently returned from the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ Annual Meeting. There we shared ideas, learned new concepts, met new people, grew, expanded our understanding, viewed new products, and more. Being at a national meeting always feels larger than life. … Continue reading

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Diabetes devices are great, but…

Be sure that you are comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable about how to manage diabetes without the fancy gadgets and gizmos in the event that technology fails. And technology does fail. Calculating doses (by hand!), not knowing blood glucose levels, counting … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Water

Finally some good news! According to a study by the CDC, Americans are drinking enough water. Now that I think about it, I really haven’t heard much about drinking 8 cups of water a day lately. And I guess that’s … Continue reading

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The Computer in the Room

When you are in a health-related appointment do you feel like the computer gets more attention from your provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant) than you do? Back in the early 90s hospitals started converting to electronic charting. That … Continue reading

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Changing diabetes management in older and elderly people

The results of the DCCT and the UKPDS studies changed lives. They also changed health care practice. Since 1993 we have been carb counting and using basal-bolus insulin dosing (type 1 diabetes). We’ve been starting insulin earlier and/or using a combination … Continue reading

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