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Why We Rotate Insulin Injections

Insulin is life for those of us living with T1D and many of those with other types of diabetes. There are many nuances to taking insulin, including the importance of rotating where insulin is injected into the body. When insulin is injected repeatedly in the same part of the body, it can cause changes in the skin that make insulin absorb erratically. Here’s some more information to help you avoid unnecessary challenges with managing blood sugars. Lipodystrophy Anyone who took Latin or medical terminology classes, this will be a little easier for you! For the rest of us, we’ll break […]

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Looking at Hybrid Closed Loop Systems

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 hybrid closed-loop systems for people with diabetes, as well as some helpful information about closed-loop systems. 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 operating independently of […]

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Taking Diabetes Back to School

Kids often say things such as, “I never get to do (insert something that they probably actually get to do all the time)” and may even ask the adults in their life why they are not allowed to do certain things. But if your child has diabetes, and they are being told “no” by someone at school to treating a blood sugar, this is a huge problem. Luckily, there are protections in place in the U.S. to keep children with diabetes safe in schools. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is a law that helps prevent people with disabilities […]

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Traveling with Diabetes

Diabetes shouldn’t get in the way of living the life you want to live, and traveling is no exception. There are some important tips and tricks that can help keep you safe while traveling and ensure that you are able to enjoy your journey. Planning Ahead This is really the biggest piece, and although you may not be someone who enjoys planning, with diabetes in the mix, the extra planning can really make a big difference. How far you are traveling can also play into your preparation, as well as how close you will be to medical facility or medical […]

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Diabetes Distress

We often talk about how diabetes can be overwhelming, and there are some different terms that can help identify exactly how diabetes is impacting someone’s mental health. Some people experience depression with diabetes, others experience diabetes distress, and some experience full on diabetes burnout. Identifying what type of mental health issue is present is crucial to be able to receive the appropriate treatment. What is Diabetes Distress? Diabetes distress is a term that describes the negative emotional burdens associated with living with diabetes.1 This includes worries or fears that people with diabetes have, such as anxieties about high or low […]

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All About your Gut Microbiome

The human body is incredible when it works properly. There are so many different systems that intertwine, depend on one another, and work together to help the body function optimally. Something that has gotten researchers’ attention more recently is the intestinal microbiome, or the tiny organisms that exist inside your digestive system.1 This is often referred to as the “good bacteria” that helps with various processes in the human body. There is a lot of research underway to try and figure out exactly how the microbiome affects the body, and what things affect the microbiome. What does the microbiome have […]

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Pregnancy with T1D

Pregnancy is something many young women with diabetes worry about, and often these anxieties start at a much younger age than they plan to try to conceive. It’s common for healthcare providers to share with their patients the many things that can go wrong in pregnancy with diabetes. Their motivation is to help ensure women with diabetes conceive only when it is safest for mom and baby. But these stories can also create anxiety for women with diabetes. While it is important to plan a pregnancy properly, the added anxiety may not be as beneficial as the providers intend. Luckily, […]

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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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Advocacy Opportunity – Share your story!

DPAC (Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition) is seeking patient stories for individuals who have been negatively impacted by a Copay Assistance Accumulator Program (CAAP) included in their insurance plan. A CAAP is where a manufacturer provides a coupon to a patient to enable them to purchase a drug at retail for a discounted amount; however, the patient does not get credit towards their deductible or out of pocket maximum for the amount of the coupon by their insurance plan. The result is that the plan gets the deductible paid twice – once by the patient and once by the manufacturer through […]

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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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