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Guiding Growth: Parenting for Diabetes Autonomy

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs people experience. You want to be kind but not too passive, supportive but not an enabler. You want to give your children the world, but not spoil them. When you add a chronic disease, that means their life will be different than most of their peers, making it challenging to enforce all the added rules. As a person with diabetes, a nurse, and a diabetes care and education specialist, I’d like to discuss what I’ve been seeing more lately with families. My experience First, a big acknowledgment that I am NOT a […]

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When it’s more than T1D

Many people know that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, but what you may not know is that autoimmune conditions sometimes come in multiples. Some are more commonly associated with type 1 diabetes than others, but most can affect blood glucose levels – especially if undiagnosed. Here are some of the most common conditions that coexist with T1D. Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland, found in your neck and responsible for metabolism, among other things, does not make enough thyroid hormones.1 Symptoms: Weight gain, fatigue, cold intolerance, body aches, thinning hair, dry skin, depression, and even slowed heart […]

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Rights in the Workplace for PWD

In general, people with diabetes feel like diabetes should not stop them from living an everyday life (whatever that is). Since diabetes is ever-changing, it keeps you on your toes, which means that you may need accommodations to care for yourself appropriately and work or study as you desire. Definition of a Disability The legal definition of disability, according to the U.S. federal government is “an individual is considered to have a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, […]

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ATTD Updates for PWD

The CWD Team traveled to Florence, Italy, to attend the annual Advances in Treatments and Therapeutics in Diabetes conference and learn about the latest updates on diabetes care. Here are some updates that may be pertinent for PWD, their loved ones, and any healthcare professionals who work in diabetes. Artificial Intelligence for AID Algorithms Throughout the last couple of years, more research has been focused on using artificial intelligence to enhance the algorithms for AID systems. Multiple groups are pursuing this path, including Dr. Boris Kovatchev and Marc Breton at UVA and Dr. Roman Hovorka at Cambridge. Both groups presented […]

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When Your CGM Fails Away from Home

When traveling with T1D, we try to be prepared for anything. We pack extra supplies and keep them in our carry-on bag. We bring extra insulin so we don’t run out. We bring a meter and test strips even though we rarely use it anymore with CGM. But sometimes, we may not have enough of the supplies we need to ensure we have a backup for our trip. Or our backup fails and we don’t have a backup to the backup. When your CGM fails Recently, I traveled to Colorado from Ohio with my children and husband. It was a […]

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Behind the Scenes of CWD & FFL

Despite being a small team, Children with Diabetes (CWD) is a non-profit organization that is able to accomplish many things! For two decades, it was run by only two people, Jeff Hitchcock and Laura Billetdeaux. They worked tirelessly and took few vacations for twenty years to grow CWD into the trusted, global resource that it is today. CWD now consists of six employees, the most it has ever had, and the small but mighty team does a lot to help the mission: Care today, Cure tomorrow. Friends for Life Conferences Most people know CWD for our major events for people […]

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Automated Insulin Delivery Systems 2024

Diabetes technologies are changing quickly, so we at CWD want to make sure you have the up-to-date information on what’s available to you in the U.S. For your reference and to help with any decisions you may need to make, we put together this chart of the current Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) systems for people with diabetes, as well as some helpful information about AID in general. Some Quick Definitions: Basal – Background insulin Bolus – insulin taken for food or correcting a higher than target blood glucose CGM – Continuous Glucose Monitor Open Loop –  when the pump is […]

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Super Bolus – A Game Changer in Diabetes Care

Most of us are familiar with the Super Bowl, but you may not be familiar with a super bolus. Here is all you need to know about this relatively new concept in diabetes care. What is a super bolus? A super bolus is a 1.5x normal pre-meal dose of insulin and suspension of basal insulin for 2 hours.1 Stopping the basal insulin helps ensure that there is not too much insulin circulating in the bloodstream at once and lowers the risk of low blood sugar from the bolus. Why would you do a super bolus? This is typically done when […]

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Being your own Advocate

Diabetes is one of those things in life about which everyone seems to have an opinion, despite how little they know about it. This is often how your self-advocacy journey with diabetes starts. You tell your coworkers or classmates that you have diabetes, and the reactions range from, “my aunt has diabetes and she does keto” to the all too common, “you don’t look like you have diabetes.” Then some of them try to be pushy and tell you what you can and can’t eat. It starts with peers It’s important to make sure people around you know you have […]

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CWD in the Community

Children with Diabetes (CWD) began as a grassroots organization of families with diabetes looking for information and support. While CWD has grown into an internationally recognized brand, we continue to participate in local events for people and families with diabetes whenever possible, given the value of connecting as a community. We believe community matters. The very foundation of CWD was creating an online community for people with diabetes and their loved ones. Jeff Hitchcock, CWD’s founder, recognized how powerful it was to connect with other parents after attending a family diabetes camp with his daughter. In the early days of […]

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