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A Fall Mediterranean Menu

A Fall Mediterranean Menu

These four authentic Mediterranean dishes are perfect for the autumn and can help you fall into a new style of eating this season!

Labor Day Barbecue Menu Ideas

Labor Day Barbecue Menu Ideas

Labor Day is nearly here, and if you’re looking to celebrate the unofficial last weekend of summer in style, you’re in luck. These simple, flavorful recipes are easy to whip up and perfect for enjoying with friends…

The Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic

We’re in the homestretch of summer, but as long as the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it’s the perfect time for a picnic…

Beware of This Diabetes Scam

Beware of This Diabetes Scam

Recent reports indicate that a scam is currently targeting people with diabetes, and particularly older patients who have Medicare…

Four Fresh Summer Selections

Four Fresh Summer Selections

Summer is almost at its end, but there’s still time to pack in all the fresh flavors the season has to offer. These seasonal selections are sure to inspire and delight!

Down Home Southern Cooking

Down Home Southern Cooking

Nothing says comfort quite like down home Southern cooking, and no time is better for a taste of the South than summer…

Five Sizzling Summer Favorites

Five Sizzling Summer Favorites

If you’re hosting a cookout to celebrate the peak of the season, these sizzling summer favorites are sure to wow your guests and please your tastebuds!

Four Favorite Low-Carb Summer Foods

Four Favorite Low-Carb Summer Foods

You can enjoy tasty summer foods without using up the day’s carb count on one dish. Here are four of our favorite low-carb summer foods, perfect for your next cookout!

Five Delicious Dad's Day Dishes

Five Delicious Dad’s Day Dishes

Father’s Day is almost here! Looking to treat Dad to a barbecue with family and friends? You’re sure to find some inspiration in these healthy and delicious cookout picks!

Fresh Summer Fare

Fresh Summer Fare

Summer is nearly upon us! If you’re looking to get a jump-start on inspiration for your next camping trip or garden party, you can’t go wrong with these fresh picks…

Five Delicious BBQ Dishes

Five Delicious BBQ Dishes

Barbecue season is here! If you’ll be hosting this weekend, you can’t go wrong with these healthy twists on classic BBQ dishes…

Five Fantastic Late-Spring Recipes

Five Fantastic Late-Spring Recipes

It’s prime time for fresh fruits and veggies! Looking to make the most of the late-spring harvest? You can’t go wrong with these nutritious and delicious dishes!

Five Produce-Packed Dishes

Five Produce-Packed Dishes

Living with diabetes and not sure what to eat? These five diabetes-friendly recipes, jam-packed with seasonal spring produce, are sure to delight!

New Drug Savings Program

New Drug Savings Program

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts and drug discounts and technology company GoodRx have partnered to create the new drug savings program Inside Rx…

Prediabetes Nerve Damage

Prediabetes and Nerve Damage

A new study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates prediabetes might be more damaging to motor nerves than once believed…

Celebrate Fresh Spinach Day

Celebrate Fresh Spinach Day

Today is Fresh Spinach Day, so why not make like Popeye and mark the occasion by incorporating more of this nutritious veggie into your diet!

2016 ConnecT1D Retreat

2016 ConnecT1D Retreat

If you’re a teen, young adult, or adult in the area of Seattle who’s living with Type 1 diabetes, you’ll want to check out the 2016 ConnecT1D Retreat…

Get Your Grill On!

Get Your Grill On!

Summer is here, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than with our healthy, delicious recipes for the grill…

2016 Diabetes MasterLab

2016 Diabetes MasterLab

If you’re looking to kick your diabetes advocacy into a new gear, be sure to save the date for the 2016 MasterLab…

Free Diabetes Grocery Store Tours

Free Diabetes Grocery Store Tours

To help you make good food choices, free Eating Healthy with Diabetes™ grocery store tours are being conducted at select supermarkets in various locations around the country during March and April…

Commemorating World Diabetes Day 2015

Commemorating World Diabetes Day 2015

November 14 is World Diabetes Day, created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to raise awareness of the condition…

Insulin Pump Retreat

Second Insulin Pumpers Retreat

If you use an insulin pump to control your diabetes, then you won’t want to miss the Second Insulin Pumpers Retreat, taking place this September in Ontario, Canada…

Diabetes MasterLab

2015 Diabetes MasterLab

Looking to take your diabetes advocacy to the next level? Then be sure to save the date for the 2015 MasterLab..

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Sam’s Club Expands Generic Prescription Discounts

Wholesale retailer Sam’s Club recently announced the launch of an expanded prescription savings program that allows Plus™ and Business Plus members to obtain certain generic prescriptions for $10, $4, or even for free…

World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day, which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to raise global awareness of the condition…

Take Part in the Big Blue Test!

American Diabetes Month is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing — the Big Blue Test website will soon be open for entries!

Ski and Snowboard Camps for Kids With Diabetes

Winter is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about registering your child for one of the skiing and snowboarding camps being held this season by Sean Busby’s nonprofit group, “Riding on Insulin…”

Project Blue November

With American Diabetes Month just a few weeks away, you may be seeking a way to increase awareness of the condition in your community. If so, look no further than Project Blue November…

Big Blue Test Grants

The Diabetes Hands Foundation is getting ready for its next annual Big Blue Test (an event that takes place every November challenging participants to exercise for 14 to 20 minutes, check their blood glucose, and share their experience online), and as part of that preparation,it is currently selecting recipients for the grants that will be funded by the initiative…

Diabetes Transition Experiences Study

Do you have diabetes and experience transitioning from a pediatric to an adult physician for your diabetes care? Are you a health-care provider for children or young adults with diabetes? Then researchers at the University of South Florida want to hear from you!

Free Diabetes Screenings From Sam’s Club

Twenty-nine million people in the United States are currently living with diabetes, but more than eight million of them are undiagnosed. To help Americans take charge of their health, Sam’s Club will be offering free diabetes screenings to both members and the public this Saturday…

Diabetes UnConference Scholarships Now Available

For those who are interested in attending the event, taking place from March 13—15, 2015 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, but unable to afford the associated expenses, there are now a number of scholarships available…

Support Medicare Coverage of CGMs

Want to help ensure that seniors on Medicare have access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices? Then be sure to support the initiative by diabetes advocacy group JDRF to advance this important priority…

Upcoming “Taking Charge of Your Diabetes” Health Fairs

This September, the group “Taking Charge of Your Diabetes” will be hosting conferences in both Missoula, Montana, and Des Moines, Iowa. Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) is a nonprofit organization founded by endocrinologist Steven Edelman to “educate and motivate people with diabetes to take a more active role in their condition…”

Metformin Study Currently Recruiting

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may be interested in a multisite study that is currently recruiting participants to evaluate the effectiveness of an extended-release version of the oral diabetes drug metformin versus the immediate-release version of the medicine…

Back In Session: Diabetes at School

In just a few short weeks, school will be starting up again for students from kindergarten to college. If your child has diabetes, there are steps you can take beyond stocking up on school supplies to be prepared…

Type 1 Youth Canoe Trips

Insulindependence, a diabetes and sports association focused on providing exercise-related resources for people living with diabetes, will be hosting two canoe trips for youth with Type 1 diabetes next month…

Study Evaluating Treatment for Neuropathy Pain

If you’re dealing with pain in your feet, you may be interested in participating in the Rhapsody Study, designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of clonidine hydrochloride topical gel, 0.1%, for treating pain associated with diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)…

Two Honors for Diabetes Self-Management!

Good news is meant to be shared, and Diabetes Self-Management has received good news from both the health information website Healthline and the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

New Research Registry

Two well-regarded, nonprofit organizations, Taking Care of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), are teaming up to create the TCOYD Research Registry – and you can be a part of it!

“Driving Fore the Cure” Golf Tournament

Love to play golf? Then you’ll want to check out the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Driving Fore the Cure Golf Tournament taking place in New Jersey later this month. The annual tournament began in 1986 and raises funds to benefit the mission of the ADA, which is to “prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes…”

First-Ever “MasterLab” for Diabetes Advocates

Looking to get more involved in diabetes advocacy? Now’s your chance. The Diabetes Hands Foundation, in collaboration with Children With Diabetes, will be hosting the first-ever “MasterLab” to provide the tools you need to successfully champion for effective diabetes policy…

Paid Survey for Parents of Children With Diabetes

Qessential Medical Market Research, a “full-service research provider dedicated to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries,” is conducting a study on diabetes patient information and how it is managed…

Diabetes Health Fair in Raleigh

If you’ll be in the area of Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 17, be sure to check out the “Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference & Health Fair” taking place at the Raleigh Convention Center…

“Get Diabetes Right” Initiative

According to the diabetes research organization JDRF, as many as 3 million people in the United States have Type 1 diabetes, with roughly 80 more receiving the diagnosis every day. And according to Tom Karlya and Kim May, parents of children with Type 1, the number of people being diagnosed with the condition at death is rising…

Google Nutrition Comparison Tool

Have you ever wanted to compare the nutrition profiles of two types of food to see which would be a better fit for your meal plan? The folks at Google have created a quick and easy way to do it…

Help Bring Timesulin to the USA

Do you use an insulin pen to control your diabetes? Then you are no doubt familiar with the anxiety caused by not knowing whether you’ve already taken your shot. Timesulin simplifies the process of tracking injections, and it needs your help to come to the United States…

Your Chance to Be on TV!

Do you have Type 2 diabetes and use Level Foods products to help manage your condition? Are you in the New York City area? Then you have the opportunity to be interviewed this week…

The Faces of Diabetes

Feeling alone in dealing with your diabetes? Then you’ll want to check out Faces of Diabetes, a photography project by Edward Fieder…

2014 Weekend for Women

If you’re a woman with diabetes, you won’t want to miss the 2014 Weekend for Women in Washington, DC, organized by the nonprofit group DiabetesSisters…

DC-Area Community Event for Children With Diabetes

If you live near Washington, DC, and have a child with diabetes, you may be interested in a free support event being held by the Diabetes National Institute and the Diabetes Youth Group of Georgetown University…

Lose Weight With the New American Plate Challenge

If you resolved on January 1 to lose weight in the new year but now find that your motivation is flagging, take heart: a free, online weight-loss program from the American Cancer Institute (AICR) may be able to help…

Target Copay Assistance Program

For many, money is the biggest barrier to successful diabetes control. To address this growing concern, the retailer Target has launched a copay assistance program…

Dine Out to Benefit Joslin Diabetes Center

If you live in the Boston area, you’ll soon have a great opportunity to raise money for the renowned Joslin Diabetes Center — a leader in diabetes care, research, and education — all while enjoying a fun-filled night out during the ninth annual CityFeast…

Help Fund Diabetes Research and Hear From Santa!

Want to help fund diabetes research and create a fun holiday memory? Then be sure to participate in the Diabetes Research Institute’s third annual “Santa Letters for a Cure” to get a personalized letter from Santa Claus…

Scholarship Program for Type 1 Athletes

On World Diabetes Day, Phil Southerland, founder of the first all-diabetes professional cycling team, launched the Team Type 1 Foundation. The Foundation’s first US initiative is a scholarship program for college athletes who have Type 1 diabetes…

Joslin Diabetes Center Seeks Study Volunteers

Would you like to contribute to cutting-edge diabetes research? If you are between the ages of 18 and 70, with or without diabetes, you may be eligible to participate in a new study being conducted at Joslin Diabetes Center.

Using Insulin: A Day in the Life

Ever wondered what it’s like using insulin? Then you’ll want to see a new, interactive infographic from Abbott called “A Day in the Life of an Insulin-Using Patient.”

Study on Relationships in Type 1

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are seeking volunteers to participate in a 30- to 40-minute phone interview about how young adults with Type 1 diabetes navigate romantic relationships…

T1D for a Day

Want to know what it’s like to live with Type 1 diabetes every day? Then you’ll want to check out the “T1D for a Day” campaign from JDRF, with support from Lilly Diabetes…

Free NeedyMeds Webinars

If you’re dealing with an unexpected medical bill, a bill that cost more than you’d expected, or a copay that was higher than you’d anticipated, then you’ll want to sign up for a special Webinar being run this month by NeedyMeds…

Study on Stress in Type 2

If you’re an adult with Type 2 diabetes between the ages of 18 and 40, then researchers want to hear from you…

Missouri-Based Foot Pain Study

If you are in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, and dealing with foot pain from diabetes, then you may be interested in a currently enrolling study from the Healthcare Research Network…

Healthy Eating Guide for Kidney Disease

Because people with this chronic kidney disease must make changes to their diet to control the condition, the American Association of Kidney Patients has put together a guide to healthy eating…

FDA Sets Gluten-Free Labeling Guidelines

If you have celiac disease, or any other form of gluten sensitivity, you’ll be pleased to hear that the US Food and Drug Administration recently set a standard definition for the meaning of “gluten free” on food labels…

Back-to-School Checklist

September is fast approaching, which means that the start of the school year is almost here. If your child has diabetes, there are several items beyond stocking up on school supplies that should be on your back-to-school checklist…

Google for Carb Counting

Trying to figure how many grams of carbohydrate are in that food you’re about to eat? Manny Hernandez has discovered a quick and easy way…

2013 Weekend for Women

If you’re a woman with diabetes, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the 2013 Weekend for Women in San Francisco, organized by the nonprofit group DiabetesSisters…

Survey on Diabetes Alert Dogs

Do you have diabetes and a dog who can tell when your blood glucose level is low or high? Then researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Center want to hear from you!

Free Online Diabetes Workshop

Are you an older adult with diabetes? Then you may be interested in “Better Choices, Better Health — Diabetes,” a free online workshop from the National Council on Aging…

2013 DiabetesMine Patient Voices Contest

Do you have ideas about how to best use diabetes technology to improve health outcomes and lives? Then you’ll want to enter this year’s “Patient Voices Contest,” run by DiabetesMine.com.

Sign the Diabetes Petition

Currently nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, and it is predicted that by 2050, one in three Americans will have the condition if steps aren’t taken to stem the tide…

FDA Patient Network Makes Its Debut

Have you ever wondered how medicines and medical devices get approved? Would you like your voice to be heard in decision-making at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? Are you looking to participate in a clinical trial? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to check out the new FDA Patient Network Web site…

Type 1 Trial Expands Its Reach

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, “an international network of researchers who are exploring ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of Type 1 diabetes,” has expanded its reach by implementing an online sign-up process and nationwide testing for volunteers interested in participating…

New Tool to Save Money on Medicines

A new, free tool from NeedyMeds, “a national no-profit organization aimed at providing information to consumers on programs that help with the cost of medications and health care,” may help lessen some of the financial burden…

High Blood Pressure Education Month

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious condition that affects an estimated 1 in 3 adults in the United States. In honor of High Blood Pressure Education Month, we’d like to tell you about some resources that can help you to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level…

Diabetes Ideas Challenge

Have an idea for improving the way insulin is currently administered? Now’s your chance to bring it one step closer to reality!

Type 2 Study Enrolling Participants

If you have Type 2 diabetes and are looking for ways to improve your self-care, then you may be interested in a study currently being conducted by researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway…

Share Your Diabetes Poetry!

Here at Diabetes Self-Management, we often receive letters from our readers letting us know how they’re doing with their diabetes management. To our delight, these communications sometimes come in the form of a poem…

Free Every Body Walk! App

While a pedometer is a useful tool for keeping track of your walking progress, a new app from health-care consortium Kaiser Permanente can turn your smart phone into more than just a pedometer…

Free Resources for Kidney Disease Awareness Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney disease, which affects an estimated 26 million people in the United States. In honor of Kidney Disease Awareness Month, we’d like to tell you about some free resources available from the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)…

Updated List of Diabetes Camps

Summer will be here before you know it, which means that now is the time to start thinking about diabetes camps for your child…

Diabetes Camp for Adults

Many people speak fondly of their childhood days in diabetes camp. But if you missed out on that chance as a kid — or if you’re looking to relive it — you’re in luck!

Tips for Sticking With Your New Exercise Plan

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to commit to an exercise plan? If you did — and if you’re already feeling your enthusiasm for your new routine waning — then you’re not alone…

Diabetes College Scholarship Applications Now Online

If you are a high school senior with Type 1 diabetes who is looking to attend an accredited four-year university, college, or technical or trade school this fall, then you may be interested in applying for one of the college scholarships being offered by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation…

Diabetes Talk Radio

If you’re a fan of talk radio, then you’ll want to check out DSMA Live, an online radio show by people with diabetes, for people with diabetes…

First All-Diabetes Pro Cycling Team Announced

Insulin manufacturer Novo Nordisk has announced the establishment of Team Novo Nordisk, which will be spearheaded by the first-ever professional cycling team comprised solely of members with diabetes…

Thinking About Insulin

Do you have Type 2 diabetes? Have you been considering taking insulin to maintain your diabetes control? Then you may be interested in trying out a free online program from insulin manufacturer Sanofi…

Diabetes Resolutions for the New Year

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to make those resolutions. And what better a time to get off to a fresh start with some of your diabetes management routines than at the dawn of a new year?

Food Tips for the Holidays

With Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s all right around the corner, you might be wondering how you’re going to make it through the next week with your diabetes management intact…

Type 1 Diabetes for a Day

Curious to know what your friends and loved ones with Type 1 diabetes deal with every day? Then you’ll want to check out the “T1D for a Day” campaign from JDRF…

Insulindependence Seeking Junior Captains

Insulindepence, a diabetes and sports association focused on providing exercise-related resources for people living with diabetes, is accepting applications for its Junior Captain Program…

Diabetes Greeting Cards

If you’ve wanted to congratulate someone in your life who has diabetes for his success in managing the condition, or to thank family and friends for supporting you in a fundraising walk or ride, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Blue Cupcake…

“Diabetes Heroes” Contest

In honor of American Diabetes Month this November, Web site DiabetesCare.net is looking to hear about “diabetes heroes” — the health-care providers or caretakers who have gone above and beyond to help you manage your condition…

“This Week I Will” Pledge Campaign

It’s often said that the best way to make a big change is to break it down into smaller pieces. And one way you can increase the chances of sticking with your smaller goal — while at the same time raising funds to make a difference in the diabetes community — is by making a pledge with Amylin Pharmaceuticals’ “This Week I Will” campaign…

AADE Receives Grant to Prevent Type 2

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was recently chosen to receive a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand diabetes prevention programming…

Students With Diabetes Internship Program

Are you a full-time college or graduate school student living with Type 1 diabetes? Are you interested in working with and learning from leaders in the diabetes community? Then you may be interested in checking out the Students With Diabetes Internship program…

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

Looking for a way to stay fit so you can better manage your diabetes? Eager to help fund research looking for a cure? You can do both with the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes…

Joe Eldridge Becomes a National Champion!

We would like to take a moment to congratulate blogger Joe Eldridge, along with his Team Type 1 teammates Dan Holt, Zach Noonan, and Zach Kovalcik, on winning the team pursuit at the 2012 USA Cycling Elite Track Nationals in Carson, California!

You Can Do This Project

In need of a little diabetes inspiration? Then be sure to check out the “You Can Do This Project…”

Free Online Program for Type 2s

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Eli Lilly and Company, makers of Tradjenta (linagliptin) and Jentadueto (linagliptin/metformin hydrochloride) tablets, recently announced the debut of My Well Planner, a free online program for adults who have Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes Art Day

Feeling creative? Then why not bust out some art supplies and make a piece for the third annual Diabetes Art Day, coming up on September 24!

Divabetic Returns to Philadelphia

If you’re in the Philadelphia area this October, be sure to check out the fun-filled event “Divabetic — Make Over Your Diabetes…”

Free Guide to Understanding Health-Care Reform

With an election looming, understanding the different approaches to this health-care reform is especially important. That’s where “Health Care: A Citizen’s Solution Guide,” comes in…

Free Online Diabetes Workshop

For a limited time, the National Council on Aging is offering free access to its online diabetes program, Better Choices, Better Health — Diabetes (BCBH — Diabetes)…

Free Diabetes e-Books From Novo Nordisk

Interested in learning more about how to manage your diabetes? Then you’ll want to check out a series of free e-books from pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk…

Summer Foot Care

With the summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to take a dip in the pool. And as part of your fun in the sun, you’ll want to make sure that you’re paying careful attention to your feet…

Help Duane Reade Donate Funds to ADA

Looking to make a difference for the American Diabetes Association (or another good cause) but short on funds? Then you may be interested in checking out a new initiative by the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation…

Raising Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes

Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Often times, this diagnosis is not made until the person has been hospitalized…

A Day in the Life

Ever get tired of all the comments and questions from people who don’t have diabetes about how you’re managing your condition?

Congratulations to Team Type 1!

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our friends over at Team Type 1 for their incredible achievement at last weekend’s 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship…

“The Game Plan”

Have Type 2 diabetes? Like football? Then you may be interested in checking out “The Game Plan,” a new initiative created by the American College of Endocrinology with support from Merck.

DiabetesMine Patient Voices Contest

Have an idea about how to improve some of the devices that are crucial to your diabetes management? Then you may be interested in entering this year’s “Patient Voices Contest,” run by DiabetesMine.com…

Limb Loss Awareness Month

April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, and to mark the occasion, the Amputee Coalition is lighting up Times Square with a Jumbotron message urging people to take action to avoid a preventable amputation…

A Whimsical Look at Lancets

From lancets to continuous glucose meters, diabetes devices are an integral part of managing the condition, and the technology for these tools has come quite a long way since they first came on the scene. Just how far?

Two Diabetes and Sports Associations Merge

If you are an active person with diabetes, you may be familiar with either the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA) or Insulindependence, two organizations that have worked independently since 2005 “to provide exercise-related resources for people living with diabetes.” In a press release from March 12, the two associations have announced a merger…

National Kidney Disease Awareness Month

Chronic kidney disease, a condition in which the kidneys gradually become damaged and lose their ability to filter waste and excess fluid from the body, affects an estimated 26 million Americans. Millions of others are at increased risk of developing the condition, including people who have diabetes…

“Riding on Insulin” Ski and Snowboard Camps

If you have a child with diabetes who loves skiing or snowboarding, you may be interested in learning more about the nonprofit organization “Riding on Insulin: Sean Busby’s Ski and Snowboard Camps for Kids Living With Diabetes…”

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to spreading awareness about preventing and treating this condition, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States…

Resources for Low-Vision Awareness Month

Did you know that February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month? This week, we’d like to alert you to some resources that can help you keep your eyes healthy or to cope if you are dealing with low vision…

Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Diabetes

From boxes of chocolate to fancy meals, a typical Valentine’s day celebration is full of potential pitfalls for a person who’s trying to control his blood glucose. Fortunately, there are ways to handle the day besides denying yourself any celebration or overindulging in candy…

Free Tool for Comparing Drug Prices

If you have diabetes, drug costs likely represent a sizeable portion of your health-care budget. But LowestMed, a new, free cost-comparison app, can help you reduce your expenditures by finding the lowest price on medicines in your area…

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Offers College Scholarships

If you are a high school senior with Type 1 diabetes who is looking to attend an accredited four-year university, college, or technical or trade in the fall, then you may be interested in applying for one of the college scholarships being offered by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation…

Glaucoma Awareness Month

If you have diabetes, you know how important it is to look after the health of your eyes. This week, we’d like to alert you to some glaucoma resources you can use to find out more about this common eye condition and to learn about ways to reduce your risk.

Humor for the Holidays

Navigating the holidays with diabetes isn’t always easy, but sometimes a little humor can help…

“Believe”

Reading through the diabetes headlines is not often an uplifting experience, but this story might just make your day…

Weight-Loss Sabotage?

Have you ever tried to lose weight and felt that, instead of supporting your efforts, your partner actually seemed to be undermining them?

What We’re Reading: Free Diabetes Informational Recordings

The Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland has updated and revised two informational recordings which cover the American Association of Diabetes Educators 7 Self-Care Behaviors. They cover topics such as what diabetes is, how to monitor your diabetes, exercise and healthy eating, coping, problem solving, and even taking medications…

What We’re Reading: DASH Diet Comes Out on Top

Every year, tens of millions of Americans go on diets, spending $1 to $2 billion on products from the diet industry. But how effective are they? For all Americans, it seems DASH is the best overall plan…

What We’re Reading: “Life for A Child” Documentary

Nearly half a million children under 15 have Type 1 diabetes worldwide. As part of the Life for a Child Programme, Lilly Diabetes and the International Diabetes Federation have released a documentary that follows the lives of three children in Nepal…

What We’re Reading: Free Diabetes Workshops

The Toronto Central LHIN has created free diabetes workshops covering topics such as healthy eating, exercise, stress management, goal setting and problem solving, and how to effectively communicate your needs to family, friends, and doctors…

What We’re Reading: Diabetes Restaurant Month

With the convenience of eating out, many Americans consume an increasing number of calories at fast food and other restaurants. Diabetes Restaurant Month shows that eating out can feature healthy choices too…

What We’re Reading: Type 2 Casting Call

Those who live in the New York Metropolitan area have a special opportunity to be featured on the USA Network’s “Characters Welcome” promotion. Sponsored by OneTouch, this casting call for those with Type 2 diabetes is a chance to share your story of living with the condition…

What We’re Reading: B4U Drive Mini-Camp

For many parents and adolescents, diabetes can be especially tough during the teenage years. The Juvenile Diabetes No Limits Foundation has created a program that will help teens learn to better manage their diabetes while learning advanced driving techniques…

What We’re Reading: Walk With Walgreens

With spring weather finally returning, it may be a good time to spend some of your day outdoors. Learn about a new program from Walgreens that makes walking more rewarding…

What We’re Reading: The Longest Walk

In order to raise awareness of diabetes, several Native American tribes, together with health advocates and other participants, are taking a walk: A five-month-long, 5,000-mile walk from California to Washington, DC…

What We’re Reading: Team Type 1 and the Tour of Rwanda

Team Type 1 — a professional cycling team based in the United States — is special: As the first and only team to field only riders with diabetes in a UCI (International Cycling Union) race, Team Type 1 is currently competing in the Tour of Rwanda…

What We’re Reading: Free Blood Glucose Checks at Walgreens

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 5.7 million Americans have diabetes and don’t know it. A person’s risk of this condition can be assessed in part with a blood glucose test, which is why Walgreens is offering free blood glucose monitoring to walk-ins at select stores and Take Care clinics nationwide until February 18…

What We’re Reading: Learning the Basics

If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, or if a loved one was, your mind is probably racing with questions about the condition. Questions such as: What is the role of insulin? How is the pancreas involved? Where does glucose factor in? Are there different kinds of diabetes?

What We’re Reading: Lending a Hand

In July 2007, a blogger on the Web site TuDiabetes challenged people to write one word on their hand that best expressed their feelings about diabetes. The idea caught on. Soon, people were sending in photos of their hands and explaining why they picked their word, and the Word In Your Hand project was born.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes KidCare Kit

For a family with a child who has just learned he has diabetes, the first 30 days after diagnosis may at times seem overwhelming. There are new habits to be incorporated into the daily routine, health-care providers to be visited, and caregivers to be informed. And on top of all this, there are likely to be powerful emotions that need to be acknowledged and processed.

What We’re Reading: Health Videos Online

You are probably familiar with YouTube, the popular Web site that allows people to post videos online. But it’s not only individuals who post. Health-care companies have gotten into the act as well, setting up their own "channels" and providing videos on diabetes and other health topics.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes Mess-ups In The Media

For many people without diabetes, knowledge of the condition doesn’t extend far beyond an awareness that it has something to do with levels of sugar in the blood. Aspects of self-care that may be routine to someone who has diabetes, such as checking one’s blood glucose level or using an insulin pump, can be completely alien to people who are unfamiliar with it, including members of the media.

In the Pipeline: Oral Insulin

At this time in the United States, injection and infusion are the only methods available for taking insulin — but with various teams of researchers hard at work, and with noninjection forms of insulin already making their debut in certain countries, this situation may change in the future.

What We’re Reading: Wintertime Dangers for Seniors

With freezing temperatures affecting much of the country, it is important that people are aware of the health risks associated with cold weather. The sad story of a 93-year-old Michigan man who died of hypothermia highlights one serious risk of the winter months, a risk that is especially great for seniors.

What We’re Reading: A Call for Contestants

The beginning of a new year is a time when many people resolve to change themselves in some way — to lose weight, eat more healthfully, or begin an exercise program, for instance. But, as reported by an article in The New York Times, research shows that up to 80% of people who make resolutions at the start of the year have reverted to their old ways by Valentine’s Day.

What We’re Reading: Educator of the Year Finalists Chosen

The diabetes supply company American Diabetes Wholesale (ADW) has announced five finalists for their 2008 Diabetes Educator of the Year award. The purpose of this contest is, according to ADW, "to recognize the unsung heroes who are committed to helping those living with diabetes."

Inspired by Diabetes Competition Opens

With 246 million people diagnosed with diabetes worldwide, chances are that you either have diabetes yourself or know someone who is living with the condition. Perhaps you’ve wanted to share your story and inspire others to successfully manage the condition but haven’t known where to start. Fortunately, now there’s a way to make a difference — by entering a submission in the Creative Expression Competition run by the global "Inspired By Diabetes" campaign, your words or artwork could be what it takes to change someone’s life.

What We’re Reading: Color-Coded Insulin Packaging

There are a lot of things to keep on top of when you have diabetes — the amount of carbohydrate in the pasta sauce you had at lunch, the total miles your walking plan calls for this week, the number of insulin units you took to cover that midday snack — which can make it difficult to keep track of things like which type of insulin you just grabbed and used. But although it’s easy to accidentally inject yourself with rapid-acting insulin instead of long-acting insulin or vice versa, dealing with the consequences is not always so simple.

What We’re Reading: Share Tips, Win Prizes!

Over at DiabetesMine.com, blogger Amy Tenderich has just announced The DiabetesMine Holiday Survival Sweepstakes. This is a contest that encourages people to discuss their tips on handling the holidays with diabetes and gives them a chance to win some big prizes, too.

What We’re Reading: Rite Aid “Diabetes Solution Day”

Coinciding with National Diabetes Month, tomorrow is "Diabetes Solution Day" at select Rite Aid pharmacies around the country. From 2 PM until 6 PM, the pharmacies will offer free blood pressure screenings, free product samples, coupons, free pharmacist consultations, and a drawing at each location to win a $50 Rite Aid gift card.

What We’re Reading: A Doodle for World Diabetes Day

People whose Internet home page is the ubiquitous Google.com know about the "doodles" that sometimes appear there. They are the playful alterations to the "Google" logo that commemorate holidays, special occasions, and notable anniversaries. Many millions see this site every day. But, as yet, there has been no diabetes-related doodle.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and the Economy

In tough economic times like these, many people cut back on certain expenditures: Weekly movie night falls by the wayside and Saturday dinners out are replaced by cooking at home. But what happens when a person has scaled back on all the luxuries and is still having trouble making ends meet?

What We’re Reading: Young Voices Unite

This election season, visiting the voting booth isn’t the only way to make your voice be heard. Thanks to the online video campaign “Young Voices: Life With Diabetes,” teens and young adults with Type 1 diabetes will have a chance to share their personal stories with a national audience and describe how they think the next president can change the future of diabetes.

What We’re Reading: Meeting the Face of Change

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may feel alone, but the fact is that roughly 20 million people in the United States are living with this condition. Although you likely cross paths with some of them every day on your way to work, in the grocery store, and in line at the post office, you might not be familiar with the stories of many of these people.

What We’re Reading: Nominate and Win!

Do you know someone whose hard work helping people with diabetes deserves to be rewarded? Whether it’s a special health-care professional or members of a family caring for a child with diabetes, now is your chance to help them get recognized and possibly win a weekend getaway. Two contests that honor people who help others manage their diabetes are currently calling for nominees; read on for the details.

What We’re Reading: Health Insurance Woes

Two new studies paint a grim picture of the health insurance landscape in the United States, while a state report on insurance in Massachusetts, which launched a program aimed at universal coverage in 2006, offers hope and a glimpse of the costs that such a program entails.

What We’re Reading: Taming the Buffet

For many people, summer is a time for sun, sand, surf, and…the buffet. While cruises are the most notorious venues of overindulgent eating, many other popular vacation spots offer all-you-can-eat menus. And once you’ve plunked down your cash for a buffet-style meal, you may be tempted to get more than your money’s worth. So what’s a person trying to eat healthfully to do?

What We’re Reading: The Benefits of Keeping a (Food) Diary

For many, the term “diary” conjures up an image of a closely guarded book filled with ruminations about school, siblings, and adolescent crushes. But diaries are not just places to gush about the newest pop star—as data published in the August edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows. When they are used to keep track of food intake, diaries can be effective tools for helping people lose weight.

What We’re Reading: CGMS Denial Week

Many health insurance companies routinely deny coverage to people who are prescribed a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS). This device allows people with diabetes to know their glucose level, and whether it is rising or falling, at one- or five-minute intervals. Although it can be particularly useful for people who experience hypoglycemia unawareness and can detect an insulin pump malfunction, some insurance providers classify a CGMS as unnecessary and “experimental.”

What We’re Reading: Evaluating Health News

The profusion of health news stories reported in newspapers and magazines and on TV can be overwhelming—and sometimes confusing. It seems that you can’t open a paper or turn on the TV without hearing about the latest medical study and how essential it is to your well-being. Careful readers may wonder whether the attention-grabbing headlines really match up with the claims of the original studies.

What We’re Reading: Tim Russert

Last Friday, Tim Russert, who was the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News and the host of "Meet the Press," died suddenly. An autopsy later showed that Mr. Russert, who was 58 years old, had experienced sudden cardiac arrest, which is often fatal and is frequently referred to as sudden cardiac death, or sudden death.

What We’re Reading: Finding a Doctor Who Listens

As someone who has diabetes, you probably have trips to the physician’s office down to a science. You pack up your logbook, write up your list of issues to discuss with the doctor, and make sure to take off your shoes and socks for a foot inspection before the doctor even enters the room. But once he’s there, what if you find that, although he’s hearing you, he isn’t really listening to what you have to say?

High Rates of Arthritis Found in People with Diabetes

If you have both diabetes and arthritis, you are not alone. According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52% of adults in the United States who have diabetes also have arthritis. That is almost double the arthritis rate for the general adult population, which stands at 27%. And the correlation between diabetes and arthritis holds up through all age groups.

What We’re Reading: Insulin Pump Safety

The Associated Press’s coverage of a new FDA study about insulin pump safety in adolescents has elicited strong reactions from several members of the diabetes blogosphere. We’ve been reading about this controversy from the following sources:

What We’re Reading: Product Design Contest

This week, the blog Diabetes Mine announced its second annual "DiabetesMine Design Challenge." Cosponsored by the Internet journal MedGadget, this is a contest to see who can design the most elegant, forward-thinking, and practical device for diabetes management. It is open to all individuals and groups, and one winner each will be chosen from "under 18" and "18 and older" categories.

What We’re Reading: Health At the End of the Rainbow

We’ve all heard the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." But this advice can be difficult to follow if just thinking about apples makes you cringe. As diabetes blogger Birdie Loo admits on Aiming for Grace, knowing that fruits and vegetables are healthy doesn’t necessarily make incorporating them into your diet any easier. But for her, inspiration to adopt a healthier diet came from an unlikely source: a project by Malaysian-born artist Tattfoo Tan.

What We’re Reading: Saving Money on Health Care

The cost of health-care in America and access to insurance coverage are already major issues in this year’s presidential campaign. But while politicians debate about how to address these issues, you may be wondering what you can do in the meantime to control your own health-care costs. If so, an article posted this week in the "Nursing Library" at RNCentral.com may be of interest to you.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Tea

After water, tea is the most popular drink in the world, and it has been linked to a variety of health benefits. Studies in the past have shown that black and green tea may help lower blood glucose levels, and a recent experiment may help explain why.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Oral Health

A recent post on the Side by Side blog of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has us thinking about diabetes and oral health. The post discusses how the teeth and mouth, like the feet, are often-overlooked sites of preventable diabetes complications.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Politics

The last week has seen presidential primary contests in more than 20 states as well as the unveiling of President Bush’s final budget proposal—and both the current president and prospective presidents are drawing strong reactions from the diabetes community.

What We’re Reading: Blogging for Your Health

Everyone knows that reading a diabetes blog gives you insight and information that may help you manage your diabetes. But Diabetes Mine blogger Amy Tenderich says that writing a blog can be helpful as well. At least it was for her. She explains why blogging was such a boost to her diabetes management in a recent Newsweek.com article, "A Healing Blog."

What We’re Reading: Time for Sleep?

If you’ve ever vowed to get to sleep early, only to find yourself falling into bed at half past midnight wondering where all the time went, you’re not alone. For many people, sleep takes a backseat to other, seemingly more pressing matters. But getting adequate, quality sleep isn’t just about having a beauty rest. This week, we’re reading about how sleep deprivation is linked with some very real health effects.

What We’re Reading: Surviving the Holidays

As the holiday season gets under way, tips for how to handle eating at office parties, family events, etc. begin to crop up. This year, diabetes bloggers are offering advice on how you can keep your weight and blood sugar under control as you navigate the holidays. Here are a couple of our favorite tips from around the blogosphere:

What We’re Reading: A Red-Wine—Inspired Diabetes Drug?

Although the increasing incidence of Type 2 diabetes among younger people is troubling, it remains a condition that is associated with aging. And it appears that by focusing on the sources of aging, researchers may develop a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes in the near future.

What We’re Reading: The Over-informed Patient?

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to a recent article from Time magazine that has sparked controversy throughout the blogosphere. Called "When the Patient is a Googler," the article, written by orthopedic surgeon Scott Haig, M.D., looks at the phenomenon of the patient who comes to his or her appointment armed with medical information gleaned from Internet searches.

What We’re Reading: D-Blog Day

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to some posts from "D-Blog Day," which took place last Friday, November 9. D-Blog Day was created by Gina Capone of The Diabetes Talkfest Blog three years ago as part of National Diabetes Month, and is a "blogging community holiday" dedicated to blogging about diabetes awareness and support.

What We’re Reading: Halle Berry’s Diabetes

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to the controversy surrounding a recent quote from actress Halle Berry about her diabetes. We don’t usually spend much time covering celebrities, but the ruckus over Berry’s comments may provide some important lessons.

What We’re Reading: Diabetes Photos

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to a new online project that has people with diabetes clicking away. Called Diabetes 365, it’s an online photo-sharing group whose participants have committed to posting a daily photo that illuminates some aspect of their lives with diabetes.

 

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