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Yes, I can eat that: Answering Diabetes Questions

When someone learns you have diabetes, one of the first things they’ll do is ask a question based on a common misconception, or myth. This should have been listed on the job description when we took diabetes as our second full time job, but of course, it was not. And, by the way, none of us chose this job and would give it away if we could. Here are some of the most common questions I have gotten about diabetes and some tips and tricks for dealing with them as people with diabetes (PWD) and loved ones of PWD. I […]

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A T1D’s Experience with COVID and Paxlovid

Those of us who have been very cautious throughout the pandemic are seeming to catch the more recent variants of the SARS-COV-2 virus, also known as COVID, myself included. I knew it was only a matter of time, and the timing for me was a big bummer because it came right before Friends for Life Orlando. So, for the first time since FFL Orlando 2000, the very first Friends for Life, I did not attend the conference. I hope that sharing my COVID experience, as well as my experience with the medication, Paxlovid, as a person living with type 1 […]

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When Your Child Gets Diabetes

One of the biggest decisions in a person’s life is whether or when to become a parent. If you decide to become a parent, one of the things you wish for is a healthy, happy child. Sometimes, your child is healthy for most of their life aside from the normal colds, flus, and now COVID-19. But sometimes your child gets diagnosed with a chronic illness like type 1 diabetes, and it turns your whole life upside down. Where Do You Start? There are many important basic skills that should be top priority to learn within the first week of diagnosis. […]

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Tips on Adjusting Insulin

Earlier this year, we published an article about Looking for Glucose Patterns about how to identify patterns in your glucose levels. The follow-up is what to do when you find certain patterns, whether it’s adjusting insulin doses, changing the timing of insulin dosing, or reaching out to your healthcare team because you need guidance; we hope to help you feel more confident and comfortable in navigating pattern management. As you become more experienced in your diabetes journey, you should find it easier to self-manage. If you’re earlier in your diagnosis or have not gotten any instruction on how to adjust […]

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Sometimes Diabetes Can’t Take the Heat

It’s summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, and with the new season comes the usual increase in temperature. Add climate change and the continuing rise in temperature on our planet into the mix, and it creates some very concerning risks for people with diabetes and other chronic conditions. These risks are even more concerning for more vulnerable populations with diabetes, such as children, elderly, and people without access to cooler temperate environments. Heat Exposure and Hospitalization for People with Diabetes Given that this is something that we will not be able to avoid in the near future, […]

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CWD Beyond Friends for Life – ADA’s 82nd Scientific Sessions

After the amazing experience everyone heard about Children with Diabetes’ (CWD) events at the Advanced Technologies and Therapeutics in Diabetes (ATTD) conference in Barcelona, many people in the diabetes professional world were asking about what events CWD was hosting at the ADA’s 82nd Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, Louisiana. Most people think of Friends for Life (FFL) when they hear Children with Diabetes or CWD, but there are many other things that the organization does to help people and families affected by type 1 diabetes. Collaborations CWD collaborates with a number of health care professionals, diabetes advocates, diabetes industry groups, […]

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Developments in Autoimmunity Screening: ASK Program

Autoimmunity Screening for Kids Study (ASK) is based at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colorado. ASK is a general population screening effort to identify children who are likely to get type 1 diabetes (T1D) or who may have undiagnosed celiac disease (CD). T1D and CD are the most common autoimmune diseases in childhood. The main goal of the ASK program is to identify children with T1D before they are sick with life-threatening diabetic-ketoacidosis, according to Dr. Kimber Simmons, MD, MS, and Cristy Geno, PhD, MPH, of the ASK Program. In the first general population-based study of […]

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CGM Alarm Fatigue

When you have a device that monitors your glucose levels as a person with type 1 diabetes, you are likely quite familiar with alerts and alarms. At diabetes events, like Friends for Life conferences, or diabetes camps, you will hear an assortment of alarms from pumps, CGMs, smart phones, etc. It can even be fun to try and pick out what beep came from what device. Less enjoyable are the alarms that we get about our own glucose levels. The feeling that we get when we get a high alert after eating something we know we probably underestimated the carb […]

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Finding your Footing with Physical Activity and T1D

Physical activity has many benefits for both physical and mental health, and yet there are many people who are not meeting the recommended weekly amount of exercise. This could be due in part to the many common barriers to exercise: time, energy, accessibility, motivation, etc. People with type 1 diabetes may experience the same barriers plus the added challenge of managing blood glucose levels during and after exercising. Exercise Basics: The recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are:1 Adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and two days of muscle strengthening activity per week Children ages 6-17 […]

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Monitoring and Treating Ketones with T1D

Ketones can be like kryptonite for people with type 1 diabetes, and the symptoms of ketone build up are often what lead to the diagnosis of T1D. People are increasingly being diagnosed in what’s known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which can be life-threatening. Understanding what ketones are, how to measure ketone levels, and what to do when you have ketones is critical to managing T1D. What are Ketones? Ketones are a biproduct of the body burning fat for energy, and for people without diabetes, this is not a problem because their body will level out the ketones. Ketones commonly occur […]

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