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My Life With Type 1 Diabetes - It's A Daily Battle, With No Days Off

My life with type 1 diabetes - it's a daily battle, with no days off

My life with type 1 diabetes - it's a daily battle, with no days off


My life with type 1 diabetes - it's a daily battle, with no days off
Ruby McGill talks about living with diabetes: "It infiltrates every aspect of my life, but I refuse to let it slow me down."
I'm Ruby McGill and I'm a type 1 diabetic. I'm also director of youth for Diabetes NZ, a mother, businesswoman, blogger and columnist.Even though type 1 diabetes infiltrates every aspect of my life, I refuse to let it slow me down or restrict me from living a full life. However, there have been many moments when I thought diabetes would win.
I was diagnosed when I was 14, half way through year 11at college. That was 18 years ago.
The first few years after my diagnosis are a blur. I don't think I truly understood the enormity of this disease and the complications I could face if I didn't take care of myself. Luckily I managed to make it through my teenage years relatively unscathed, with only a few diabetes mishaps.
Ruby and Hayden McGill, with 1-year-old Felix and 6-year-old Olive. Pregnancy presents a whole new level of difficulty for a type 1 diabetic.
I performed in the annual college productions, went to the ball, sailed around Great Barrier Island on the Spirit of NZ, hung out at school parties and passed most of my exams. However, during this time I was admitted to hospital a number of times due to extreme hypos or ketones. One visit I was even admitted to intensive care. I can only imagine what this time was like for my parents.
A few years later I met a boy. Hayden didn't truly know what he was signing up for when he asked me out, but 13years later he's still here. I Continue reading

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.6 Million “Visionary Award” for Diabetes Research

Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives $1.6 Million “Visionary Award” for Diabetes Research

Dr. Sumita Pennathur, an associate professor in UCSB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the prestigious “Visionary Award” from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The award includes $1.625 million to support her research for five years.
Pennathur is one of only two scientists nationwide to receive the ADA Visionary Award in 2017. The award recognizes established scientists from various disciplines who are applying their expertise to diabetes research for the first time. Pennathur has proposed to address one of the most fundamental engineering challenges for diabetes monitoring: continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Efficiently measuring glucose levels is vital for patients with diabetes to manage their disease effectively. Normally, the human body monitors its own blood glucose levels: the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which determines how and where glucose is absorbed. In the body of a diabetic, however, this feedback loop is broken. Both CGM and insulin administration must be outsourced to needles, pumps, and sensors.
More than several hundred attempts have been made to develop a technique for continuous blood glucose monitoring, but only a couple of them have received FDA approval. The CGM devices currently on the market — subcutaneous needles that normally stay in the body for about a week — are problematic, because they need to be calibrated twice daily and can give inaccurate readings. Pennathur has proposed to develop a painless, minimally invasive, accurate, disposable “patch” to alleviate those problems. If successful, t Continue reading

The Best Bread for People With Diabetes

The Best Bread for People With Diabetes


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Barbie Cervoni MS, RD, CDCES, CDN, is a registered dietitian andcertified diabetes care and education specialist.
Richard N. Fogoros, MD, is a retired professor of medicine and board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist. He is Verywell's Senior Medical Advisor.
Whether you're newto diabetes or have had the conditions for many years, you may have heard that bread is "off limits." For some people, this makes managing diets easierditching bread eliminates the need to worry about or decidewhat kind to eat.
Understandably, though, you don't want to feel restricted and would rather learn what types of breads suit you best and what you should look for when shopping for a store-bought brand. If you have diabetes, you can eat breadand there are plenty of healthy choices. Whole grain breads such as whole wheat, rye, sprouted breads, and organic whole grain varieties are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein compared to refined, processed options, like white bread.
The tricky part is sifting through the grocery store inventory and locating a tasty and nutritious brand. Withmany options to choose from, you can certainly get lost in the bread aisle. Having an understanding of what you should look for and what to avoid can help you make better choices.
It's important to focus on what's most important for you and your health. For example, are you looking for a bread that's strictly low-calorie and low in carbohydrates? You can find these options, but they may contain artificial ingredients, flavorings, and Continue reading

The diabetes setup

The diabetes setup

People are people…
But around the world there are some things that make us quite unique.
When you think of Norway, images of tall, beautiful blonde people come to mind…
Then there’s France — synonymous with rich food and red wine… and Japan, reminding us of ancient traditions, sushi and longevity.
But nothing reminds people of America more than baseball and apple pie… except maybe our growing diabetes epidemic.
Are we just fat, lazy Americans who excel at bad health habits, or is there something else at play here?
Lazy or duped?
Before I leave anyone offended, let me clarify: I don’t believe any of us are fat, lazy Americans.
I believe we are being duped into diabetes… specifically type 2 diabetes.
There are currently more than 30 million of us right now struggling to manage diabetes. But even more staggering — 84.1 million of us are waiting in the wings with prediabetes.
Prediabetics have elevated blood sugar, and those constant sugar spikes make them more and more insulin resistant. Unless, something changes they are at high risk of continuing on a disease trajectory straight to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
But so few Americans are getting the word from health givers that there’s anything they can do to stop it. In fact, the health advice they’re often given is pushing them closer towards diabetes and a lifetime of medication.
Hard to believe? Then, tell me what you had for breakfast?
There’s a big chance it was cereal. The average American consumes about 160 bowls a year, and most of us probably think it’s a good idea because cereals are fortifie Continue reading

Opinion | Diabetes Shouldnt Bankrupt You - The New York Times

Opinion | Diabetes Shouldnt Bankrupt You - The New York Times


If there was one thing that doomed the Republican proposals to remake health care last year, it was the great uncertainty about how they would cover patients with chronic illness and pre-existing conditions.
Throngs of people with a wide range of ailments staged dramatic protests in and around the halls of Congress during the debate. Night after night, Jimmy Kimmel, whose infant son was born with a serious congenital heart defect, took up the cause on his talk show.
Only one in five people approved of the last failed Republican bill, Graham-Cassidy. A big reason: 87 percent of respondents, including 79 percent of Republicans , said in one poll that insurers should be required to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The bill could have allowed insurers in certain states to charge more for such coverage.
Who doesnt have a family member or friend with a long-term or potentially recurring medical condition, whose life is maintained by expensive treatments patients with diseases like Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, cystic fibrosis and cancer? They are grateful for medical innovations that allow them to lead long, productive lives but afraid of financial ruin or an inability to get good coverage.
But there is one large group of patients whom the federal government long ago effectively immunized against these now-widespread fears. Through a quiet act of Congress in 1972, people on dialysis with end-stage kidney failure can gain automatic Medicare coverage.
When the law passed, dialysis patients probably seemed pretty exceptio Continue reading

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