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What It’s Like To Live With Type 1 Diabetes

What It’s Like To Live With Type 1 Diabetes

What It’s Like To Live With Type 1 Diabetes By: Valeria Guerrero What’s it like? It’s pricking your finger endlessly throughout the day. It’s not being afraid of blood because you get used to seeing so much of it. It’s no longer feeling tremor to a needle because you’ve had no choice than to be poked by them every day. It’s being woken up countless times throughout the night to fix blood sugars that just won’t become stable. It’s waking up feeling hung over because your sugars were high all night no matter the amount of corrections you gave yourself. It’s not being able to eat whatever you want before carb counting and analyzing how it will affect your sugars later. It’s having to put on a fake smile every time you have to explain to someone that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are NOT the same thing. It’s not being able to go a single work out without stressing if you’re going to go too low, drop too fast or go high. It’s seeing all the scars all over our tummy, arms and legs from all the site changes and pokes and just cry. It’s people staring at you while you poke yourself and watching you like something is wrong with you. It’s people telling you “you can’ t have that” or “should you be eating that?” It’s people assuming you have type 2 when you say you have diabetes. It’s watching people look at you like you’re breaking the law by having a candy. It’s asking yourself what you did wrong because you got this disease even when they say it isn’t your fault. It’s remembering what it was like before being diagnosed and feeling nostalgic. It’s struggling with money and possibly going into debt because supplies are just so expensive. It’s wanting to cry whenever you hear a representative say “your insurance doesn’t co Continue reading >>

Living Positively: D-mom Of 4 Children With Type 1 Diabetes

Living Positively: D-mom Of 4 Children With Type 1 Diabetes

On the surface, Elissa Renouf looks like your typical mother of five beautiful, happy, healthy, well-loved children, four boys and one girl, ages 13 to 21. Digging further, you’ll learn their family’s life is a little more complicated than others – four children with type 1 diabetes (two with celiac disease), and one child with epilepsy and suspected brain tumor. Even with the constant on going management of the health issues they’ve been handed, they’ve never lost determination to live as positive as possible. Q. Tell us what it’s like being a D-Mom to four children with diabetes, and one without? A. It’s a full time job, but having five kids in general is a full time job. Charlie was my first child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002, at the age of three. My responsibility helping manage my children’s diabetes was a general progression, and every eight months, it seemed like another child had a diagnosis. I wanted a positive, stress-free life for myself and children, so had no other way but to learn to manage and accept it. Q. How do you help each of them manage their diabetes? How does it differ from the next child? A. It is important for my children to manage their diabetes self-sufficiently, so I had each of them involved in their management from day one. The more they understood how to manage their diabetes, the better control they could have so they could grow into happier, healthier adults. I taught them how to count their carbs and the glycemic index in food, and that if they wanted food, they would also need insulin. Empowering them to manage their diabetes gave them the confidence to make sound diabetes management decisions the rest of their lives. Q. With four children with diabetes, how do you keep track of their blood sugar trends and di Continue reading >>

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 20 Inspirational Blogs

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 20 Inspirational Blogs

When thinking of diabetes what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Insulin? Injections? Of course, these things are very important – for type 1 diabetics. However, almost 90% of all diabetics have type 2 and mostly don’t need to inject insulin. But nevertheless, having type 2 diabetes can change your life completely and you need to take good care of your health. In the UK there are more than 135 and in the US more than 1400 diabetes-related amputations – every week. But the good news is: it doesn’t need to get that far. With the right treatment and responsible behavior, you can do a lot to prevent the progress of your diabetes. And you’re not alone: There are a lot of bloggers providing insight into their lives with type 2 diabetes, sharing their experience and motivation. How do I keep my blood glucose levels stable? What is the right diet for me? And is there an app that supports me with my diabetes? We’ve collected 20 of the most inspiring blogs about type 2 diabetes that you need to read: Are you missing one of your favorite blogs? Please write us in the comment section below. Diabetes Ramblings Sue writes about her personal experiences with type 2 diabetes and how she is dealing with her life as a mom of five. She says about herself: “I may have type 2 diabetes but it doesn't have me!” diabetesramblings.com Diabetes Stops Here On this blog, run by the American Diabetes Association, people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes share their stories about “what it means to live with diabetes, from frustrations and fears to friendships and triumphs”. diabetesstopshere.org Bob’s Blog, UK Bob writes about how he is living well with type 2 diabetes and how he is managing his condition with the right diet, exercise, and oral medication. fractis.net D Continue reading >>

The Best Diabetes Blogs Of The Year

The Best Diabetes Blogs Of The Year

We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. If you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate them by emailing us at [email protected]! Diabetes is one of the largest health issues facing Americans today. More than 29 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes — and almost one quarter of them don’t know they have it. A further 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, a condition which increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A whopping 90 percent of these people are unaware of that, too. Both forms of diabetes — type 1 and type 2 — are chronic conditions, meaning they require a lifetime of careful treatment to be properly managed. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can cause serious health complications. For those living with diabetes, the condition can be isolating and take up a significant amount of time as well as mental and emotional energy. Staying on top of your treatments can also be challenging, as everyday things can make a big impact on blood glucose readings, and treatment options are always changing. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best diabetes blogs out there. Whether you’re looking for recipes, resources, treatment options, or simple tips for living well, you’re sure to find something here for you. Diabetes Self-Management Blog Diabetes Self-Management has provided health information to the diabetes community for over 35 years. Their companion blog rounds up tips and info from both healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes. Posts range from hard-hitting news to tips and information you can use, like busting myths about grain. There are also personal stories, to Continue reading >>

Diabetes Blogs And Forums

Diabetes Blogs And Forums

There are many resources available for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes online, including some excellent blogs and patient forums. To connect with other people living with diabetes, or to read perspectives from other patients, we’ve compiled a list of some popular forums and blogs below (ordered alphabetically). While not exhaustive by any means, we hope this list serves as a good starting point for exploring the diabetes online community (the "DOC"). Table of Contents: Diabetes Forums Children with Diabetes – Founded in 1995, Children with Diabetes is a forum where parents and other family members of children with diabetes can connect and share information and tips about schools and daycare, sports and athletics, nutrition and food, pregnancy, and other information related to raising a child with diabetes. It was started by type 1 parent Mr. Jeff Hitchcock after his daughter Marissa was diagnosed with diabetes. CWD also holds an amazing conference, Friends for Life, every July in Orlando. Diabetes Daily Forum – Diabetes Daily contains a collection of forums where patients, family members, and others in the diabetes community can post personal stories, ask questions, share news, and much more. Topics range from exercise and diet to clinical trial recruitment to how diabetes is portrayed in the arts and modern culture. Diabetes Daily Forum, along with the DiabetesDaily blog, was founded in 2005. Diabetic Connect - Diabetic Connect is an online diabetes community that provides people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes with treatment information, recipes, news, several discussion forums, videos, and more. The website also includes an “Ask an Expert” feature in which users can post questions to be answered by health care professionals. TuDiabetes – A pro Continue reading >>

10 Must-follow Diabetes Accounts On Instagram From Around The World

10 Must-follow Diabetes Accounts On Instagram From Around The World

back to Overview Most people are living their lives with diabetes out in the open these days. No more ducking into the bathroom to take a shot or check blood sugars. That's a great thing! Social media has a lot to do with this revolution and Instagram is at the forefront of the movement. Thankfully, there are a bunch of people getting really creative about diabetes alongside the everyday situations we deal with. We love getting lost in the visual imagery of diabetes and thought you might also enjoy some of the accounts that delight our eyeballs. Enjoy! Sugarsanity Bing Shin Chia is a fun person in Malaysia living with type 1 diabetes. She’s got a great sense of humor and her pics are usually colorful and make you smile. Bryanna Bryanna blogs at ‘Hope, Love, Insulin’ and shares pictures of her daily life with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Daily Grind Ryan and Amber host a fun blog and podcast about the real-life grind of life with diabetes. Bonus points if you can find the episode where Amber burps on air… Ashley Ng Ashley is a diabetes blogger and dietitian in Australia who’s working on her PhD and doing a lot of cool stuff. She’s written a post on our blog that you might also enjoy. Cathy Van de Moortele Cathy is a diabetes blogger in Belgium. The beautiful pictures of her meals look so good… I spent some time with her a few years ago and she’s a real treat. Beyond Type 1 Beyond Type 1 features great pictures with quotes and statements from others living with diabetes. You can submit yours too (learn more)! Team Novo Nordisk The official Instagram account for Team Novo Nordisk. Did you know their pro cycling team is the only professional sports team in the whole world made up entirely of people with type 1 diabetes? Brickabetes The ups and downs of everyday Continue reading >>

Asknadia: Named Best Diabetes Blog For 2017 By Healthline

Asknadia: Named Best Diabetes Blog For 2017 By Healthline

AskNadia: Named Best Diabetes Blog for 2017 by HealthLine AskNadia AKA Nadia Al-Samarrie #1 Diabetes Patient Advocated Want to stay in the know from a 27-year Veteran who has worked with healthcare professionals and lived with a type 1 and type 2 person with diabetes? Welcome to AskNadia (ranked #1 to 10 By Google) and Diabetes Health named Best Diabetes Blog for 2017 by Healthline, with 20 nominations and the first pioneer in bringing you online information that offers online articles to read, videos to view, podcast to listen to and home delivery of our print magazine . I am busy like everyone else and want practical, informative information in a sound bite with references that I can go to, if I want more details on a particular topic. If you want to save time, know exactly what is going on in a sound bite from a 27-year Veteran; sign up for my AskNadia email and be in the know. I understand how different self-management is when it comes to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The emotional roller coaster and burnout everyone faces can feel hopeless. Combine this with the higher depression rate for people with diabetes, staying motivated and optimistic can feel overwhelming. I am here to keep you inspired. Helping you stay motivated when no one else understands. I am the voice that says dont give up. I know how hard it is. You can do it. Let me ask you this? How many online diabetes sites do you go to that have owned and operated a diabetes store and radio show? How many online sites have you gone to that offer you someone like me, a person who has trained physicians and nurses in the leading hospital on insulin pump therapy? How many online sites have you gone to that have lived with type 1 and type 2 diabetes with a tragic family story of losing two loved ones to type 2. Do Continue reading >>

34 Diabetes Bloggers Give Us A Glimpse Of Behind The Scenes

34 Diabetes Bloggers Give Us A Glimpse Of Behind The Scenes

Writing is not everyones strongest feat. Those who can convey a story, a lesson learnt, or a memoir through their writing are not only storytellers but also educators. Bloggers and advocates who write about diabetes are just that. Through their stories and experiences, they share with us a vulnerable part of them in order to get a message across just in case it can help someone else who may be in their shoes. Its their way of saying you are not alone in your journey!. Before we continue with this article, I wanted to let you know we have researched and compiled science-backed ways to stick to your diet and reverse your diabetes. Want to check out our insights? Download our free PDF Guide Power Foods to Eat here. We reached out to 34 amazing bloggers and advocates of diabetes to share with us their thoughts and to invite readers into the world of ideas, thoughts, and personal sphere. They share with us their hardest diabetes related topic they had to write about, some of the techniques they use to draw readers interest, and some equally interesting comments and questions they have gotten in the past about their articles. All these bloggers have a main goal: to raise awareness and to educate us about the journey one is on with diabetes . What is the hardest diabetes blog subject that you had to write? What are some of the best techniques that you use in order to create a story to draw the reader in, and also help keep their attention while they learn about diabetes? What are some of the most interesting comments or questions that you have had in relation to your articles about diabetes A1: It can be challenging having people understand there is no magical diabetes dietpeople have a hard time believing that they can enjoy their favorite foods as long as they substitute in Continue reading >>

Travelling Prepared With Diabetes

Travelling Prepared With Diabetes

I spent my final days of 2017 feeling under the weather. Which is a mild improvement on last year, when Dad grazed the back of his head on a running ceiling fan while changing a light globe, but that’s a whole other story… At the time of year where I wanted nothing more than to enjoy leftover cheesecake, munch on Nonna’s biscotti and sip on icy cold percolated coffees, I was devoid of all my appetite. I could feel bloating, wind and a great deal of discomfort in my stomach. As I thought back to Christmas Day, I honestly felt that I hadn’t done anything extremely out of the ordinary. Our family brekkie of bacon, eggs and grilled tomato, with Baileys and a few choccies was nothing out of the ordinary. I only picked a few of the more tempting options for dinner at my Uncle’s place, rather than attempting to try everything and then feel the food and high blood sugar coma for the remainder of the night. There were a few small blips throughout the day, but the highest I could remember my blood sugar peaking at was 13mmol. I was feeling super proud of myself at the conclusion of Christmas Day. Two days after Christmas, I was left with next to no explanation for my symptoms. I went without dinner, and breakfast the following morning. I had a few water crackers for lunch, before finally feeling able to manage small meals. I was shit scared to give any insulin until I’d actually stomached anything, for fear I would be forced to finish something I physically couldn’t. I even remember suspending my basal rate to bring myself away from a very minor hypo, because I really did not want to eat a glucose tab. However when the symptoms still hadn’t passed by the weekend of New Year’s, I began to think about the implications of my diabetes. The rational side of my brain Continue reading >>

13 Books That Can Help You Live Better With Diabetes

13 Books That Can Help You Live Better With Diabetes

One of the untold secrets to thriving as a person with diabetes is to never stop learning, never stop studying yourself and your habits, and never stop trying to gain a better understanding of how your own body works and what it needs. Whether you have type 1 diabetes and are juggling taking doses of insulin with counting carbohydrates, or have type 2 diabetes and are either taking no medication or managing some combination of insulin and oral medication, there is always more to learn. But it’s not just about following a diabetes-friendly diet, or just about taking insulin, or just about getting enough exercise and losing weight — indeed, if you have diabetes, you already know that living with this disease is so much more complicated than that. In my pursuit to better understand and demystify many aspects of diabetes (I’ve lived with type 1 since 1999), I couldn’t help but write a few books myself: Dealing With Diabetes Burnout: How to Recharge and Get Back on Track When You Feel Frustrated and Overwhelmed Living With Diabetes I’ve researched and written on many aspects of diabetes, so you could say I’m pretty particular when it comes to recommending other books. Only the best! To point you in the right direction of other great resources, I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are must-read diabetes books for anyone seeking advice on diet, emotional health, medication management, and more. Best Books for Day-to-Day Blood Sugar Management by Gary Scheiner, CDE This book should be handed to everyone the moment they are diagnosed. While it speaks largely to those people who are taking insulin, it also teaches readers how to manage diabetes based on the many variables in your body that impact your blood sugar and insulin needs. Through the insights of Gary Sch Continue reading >>

10 Brilliant Type 2 Diabetes Blogs: 2018 Edition

10 Brilliant Type 2 Diabetes Blogs: 2018 Edition

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can come as a shock and will likely entail many questions. While your doctor will be on hand to answer many of these, support, advice, and insight is readily available online, largely from those living type 2 diabetes themselves. Such blogs are also part of a wonderful online community, where you can interact with people around the world and share wisdom with one-another. While there is an abundance of such resources available, we have narrowed it down to 10 of the very best all of which are active, engaging, and brimming with information and advice. Diabetes.co.uk is a wonderful resource for anyone living with diabetes, be it type 1 or 2, with a community of over one quarter of a million people. The blog is a particularly fascinating and eclectic part of the site, featuring fascinating stories that you may not find elsewhere. It is also chock-full of practical advice for people living with diabetes, making it one of the most comprehensive blogs on the web. Sue Rericha was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a decade ago, and has faithfully written her blog for almost as long. The mother of five had gestational diabetes throughout each of her pregnancies, and her blog gives readers an insight into many facets of her life. Sue is a prominent figure in online diabetes advocacy, and her blog provides a wonderful insight into her daily life from the fun to the frustrating and everything in between. For those looking for expert view on diabetes, and the latest news in the research world, the Diabetes Self-Management blog is one to bookmark. Penned by a range of authors including nutritionists, nurses, people living with diabetes, and other experts the blog is frequently updated with news, information, and advice. With its origins in print media in Continue reading >>

12 Diabetes Blogs You Should Be Reading

12 Diabetes Blogs You Should Be Reading

We spend a lot of time reading blogs and news stories to stay on top of what’s going on in the DOC (diabetes online community). Because of that, we’ve piled up our RSS reader with tons of great articles and have found some bloggers that really stick out above the rest. Here’s 12 diabetes blogs that you should be reading on a regular basis, in no particular order. 1. Six Until Me (www.sixuntilme.com) – The brainchild of Kerri Sparling, Six Until Me is a first person account of life with diabetes. Kerri started the blog after getting frustrated by not being able to find any resources that spoke positively about life with diabetes. Six Until Me helped pave the way for the larger network of diabetes focused blogs today. 2. Diabetes Mine (www.diabetesmine.com) – Diabetes Mine is a community of PWDs that covers almost every facet of life with diabetes. They have facts about diabetes, tips for management, interviews and write-ups about celebrities with diabetes, as well as diabetes product reviews and research papers. 3. Insulin Nation (www.insulinnation.com) – Insulin Nation is a great resource for the PWD community and focuses entirely on diabetes therapy, covering news and research about insulin and insulin related products and technology. 4. A Sweet Life (– A Sweet Life was started by a couple, Mike and Jessica, after they were both diagnosed with T1D. Their blog has grown tremendously and features staples like diabetes-friendly recipes, diet tips, and news. They’ve also got a great section of personal blogs covering diabetes from almost every perspective – college students, young adults, endurance trainers, parents, and seniors. 5. Scott’s Diabetes (– Run by Scott K. Johnson, this blog covers the personal aspects of managing T1D, along with some gene Continue reading >>

What It’s Really Like To Have A Child With Type 1 Diabetes

What It’s Really Like To Have A Child With Type 1 Diabetes

I have two daughters with Type 1 diabetes, and in my experience there’s a disconnect between what people think it’s like to have Type 1 diabetes and what it actually is like. Many people are not aware of all the variables that come into play to control blood sugars. Some people think you take your medicine and you get a steady blood glucose of 120. In reality, you have to guess what the dose of your insulin is based on your guess of what the carbs in the food are based on what your guess is of the portion of food that will be eaten. Plus, you must take into account your guess of the amount of fat and protein in the food, and whether one has just exercised or is about to exercise (and how much exertion that exercise will involve). If you are about to go to sleep that must be taken into account, or if you’re going to be somewhere difficult to treat a low (such as a child on a school bus) keep that in mind as well. And don’t forget to pray that your pump infusion set is working and that your insulin didn’t fry in the heat. Now push go on your pump, or poke your arm with a needle and, voilà, you’re done! A diabetes disconnect also results from confusing headlines, such as Cure for Type 1 Discovered (it’s in mice) or New Drug for Diabetes (it’s for Type 2). Many book titles are misleading as well, often using language like ‘Reversing Diabetes’ or ‘Preventing Diabetes’ while meaning Type 2 diabetes and not Type 1. Even medical journals often don’t distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in their titles. Recently, I saw a friend whom I hadn’t seen for a long time. When I pulled out my daughters’ meters and lancets to check blood sugars, she said “I didn’t think you still had to do that.” This is not the first time I’ve heard someon Continue reading >>

You Know You're A Type 1 Diabetic When - Type 1 Diabetes Blog

You Know You're A Type 1 Diabetic When - Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Having Type 1 Diabetes is challenging yet it becomes part of our everyday routine. To the outside world what a type 1 diabetic deals with may seem unimaginable, but to those in the diabetes community we totally get it and can find humor in our everyday lives. The Best of You Know Youre a Type 1 Diabetic When 1. You accidentally cut yourself and wonder if you can get enough blood to test your sugar. 2.Explaining to worried teenagers in the public restroom.I am taking an insulin shot because I am a type 1 diabetic, Im not a junkie. 3. When you look at food and see numbers. 4. When your finger tips look like they need blackhead removal. 5. You have a drawer of candy for emergencies. 7.When youre scooping out the very last scoop of ice cream from the container and havent had time to bolus for it yet and your husband comes into the kitchen and wants some and you look at him innocently and say oh, Im sorry I just bolused for that. 8. When you wake up with a test strip stuck to your face. 9. When someone tells you that cinnamon can fix all your problems. 10. You are up all night correcting or being forced fed when all you want to do is sleep. 11.When someone thinks youre drunk but you are really just low. 12.When the butter compartment in your fridge is no longer used for butter. 13.When your outfit revolves around if it can hold your pump up or not. 14. One day your fasting can be a perfect 77 and the next day its 343. 15. When your handbag is the size of a suitcase to carry all your diabetes stuff around plus your normal stuff. 16. When you have to pee like a race horse in a Kentucky derby. 17.When your mom, in front of everyone says, baby, you are high! 18.When you get up during the night going low, invade the goodies cupboard and turn into a complete savagethen wake in th Continue reading >>

The 10 Best Diabetes Blogs

The 10 Best Diabetes Blogs

Living with diabetes can be a challenging burden. But it can be helpful to share your frustrations and successes, and read about people's similar experiences. We have identified the best diabetes blogs that aim to inspire, empower, and educate readers. Diabetes is a group of diseases that impact how the body uses blood glucose, and it affects around 29.1 million people in the United States. Having type 1 diabetes means that the body does not produce enough insulin, and the condition is more commonly diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. But having type 2 diabetes means that the body cannot use insulin properly, and this type is more common in individuals over the age of 40 years. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 95 percent of all diagnosed diabetes cases. Keeping on top of your diabetes treatment plan can be a round-the-clock commitment that may feature blood sugar monitoring, medications and insulin, healthy eating, and regular physical activity. Medical News Today have rounded up the top 10 diabetes blogs, based on the quality of their information, helpful tips, recipes, fitness advice, and personal accounts. Speaking of Diabetes Speaking of Diabetes is the blog of the Joslin Diabetes Center. The Joslin Diabetes Center is a research and teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. Their team of more than 300 scientists is dedicated to finding innovative pathways to prevent, treat, and cure type 1 and type 2 diabetes. While in pursuit of a world without diabetes, Joslin is helping to improve the lives of individuals with diabetes through patient education programs and care provided by their highly specialized and multi-skilled team. Speaking of Diabetes is designed for people with diabetes, as well as for their friends and family. Recent posts include tips for barbec Continue reading >>

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