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Showing up every day

Today is just another day with diabetes for those of us living with it. It happens to also be World Diabetes Day, so many are making a big deal today. Not just today, but every day we show up, wake … Continue reading

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Jane’s answer to the high price of insulin

My dad recently asked me about the price of insulin. He said he had read something about how expensive insulin is and was concerned about it. I don’t talk about diabetes with my family very often. They ask an occasional question, … Continue reading

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Needle Length for Insulin Injection

Once upon a time we only had long insulin needles. Of course they weren’t called long; they were simply called needles. But over the past several years the needles for injecting insulin (by syringe or pen) have gotten shorter and … Continue reading

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Timing of Insulin

Back in the days of Regular insulin, taking injections at least 30 minutes before a meal was important because it took quite a while for the insulin start working. Nowadays most people use rapid-acting insulin (Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra), which … Continue reading

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diabetes smells

The other night we were putting up Halloween decorations and we needed small nails. I was looking on shelves in the garage, digging through former peanut butter containers that now contain various hardware-type gadgets, without any luck. At one point my … Continue reading

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Diabetes-related Ketoacidosis

Our bodies must have energy to survive. Typically we burn glucose to make energy, but when glucose is not available, or when the body cannot burn glucose for any reason, fat is the back-up fuel. And ketones are a by-product … Continue reading

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How to store insulin

Here’s my motto for storing insulin: if I’m comfortable, my insulin is comfortable. Insulin is a protein, so it can’t get too hot or too cold or it will denature (change shape and not work the way it’s supposed to … Continue reading

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Injection Port for Insulin

Here’s a gadget that caught my eye. For those with a drastic fear of needles, this may just help. It’s called the i-port Advance and it’s made by Medtronic (they also make an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system). … Continue reading

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“Dead” Pancreas

I wanted to clarify something for those who don’t make their own insulin anymore (people with various types of diabetes). The pancreas is the organ, or gland (or “glandular organ”), that produces insulin. This is part of its endocrine function … Continue reading

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Insulin Pen vs. Vial and Syringe

I still draw insulin from a vial into a syringe. I’ve written before about why I’m not using an insulin pump. Although I do think pumps are amazing, they aren’t for everyone and that’s ok. We actually have a third … Continue reading

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