Category Archives: diabetes care

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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Diabetes and Surgical Site Infections

Hopefully if you or someone you love has diabetes you already know that high blood glucose leads to infection. High blood glucose also contributes to slower healing wounds. If someone with diabetes has surgery, their risk for infection at the … Continue reading

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The Adolescent-to-Adult Transition in Diabetes Care

There is something referred to as “the adolescent transition,” which is actually the transition to adulthood. “Emerging adulthood” is sometimes defined as ages 18-30. (Being an adult is mandatory; acting like one is optional.) The point is that as a … Continue reading

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Show up and do diabetes

Or check BG. Or exercise. I’m sure you’ve heard of writer’s block. Kids in school, authors, bloggers – everyone experiences it at some point. Same with diabetes block. This stuff gets old and we sometimes hit a wall. But showing … Continue reading

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