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Alert! Alert!

Today is Diabetes Alert Day, your opportunity to check your own risks for diabetes and alert others as well. Diabetes affects millions and millions (and millions) of people in the U.S. and in the world. Knowing the signs, reducing the … Continue reading

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Diabetes Alert Day

Today is Diabetes Alert Day. This is an effort by the American Diabetes Association to alert those who are at risk for diabetes. The ADA has a simple tool to see if you are at risk. The following are risk … Continue reading

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What is balance?

I love when this happens: I am reading a book that inspired me to write about balance. When I searched my old blog posts to see when/what I last wrote about balance, I discovered that Balance Awareness Week is coming … Continue reading

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Hindsight

If I could go back in time and talk to myself and my parents on the day of my diagnosis with diabetes (June, 1975), I would simply say this: You’re going to handle this just fine. You have what it … Continue reading

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Hello, I’m Diabetes

I never introduce myself as diabetes. It’s just not the biggest or most important thing about me. I’m Jane – I’m a person first. I’m a woman, mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, nurse, writer, educator, neighbor…and I … Continue reading

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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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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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Grief and Diabetes

It’s been a week since the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary, and honestly, I have not been able to blog since it happened. I just can’t figure out how writing about diabetes (or anything else) would make any sense in … Continue reading

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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes, once called “juvenile onset” or “insulin-dependent” or “Type I” diabetes, is an autoimmune disorder. The body turns on it itself and attacks the cells in the pancreas (beta cells in the islets of Langerhans) that make insulin. Scientists … Continue reading

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One Word for Diabetes Diagnosis

Ok, here’s the deal. I’m gathering information about people’s experiences at diagnosis (of diabetes). Please respond to this post with one word that describes the way you felt when you were diagnosed. If you were too young to remember and … Continue reading

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