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Making Meaning of a Life with Diabetes

September 22, 2021

The expression “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” may have merit when it comes to living with a chronic condition. This is an outlook with which my parents raised me—that diabetes was tough, but we should remain optimistic. And moreover, that we would help other people do the same, which we have been doing […]

Gluten Free Buffet at FFL Orlando 2018

Screening for Celiac Disease

September 15, 2021

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body reacts to gluten, a protein that is found in foods such as wheat, barley, and rye.1 When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, it can damage the lining of the small intestine and cause absorption issues. This can further complicate blood glucose management if the person […]

Using Smart Insulin Pens in Kids

September 8, 2021

Having options for managing diabetes is so important because people are different and have different needs. This is also important for children who have diabetes, some of whom do not want to wear an insulin pump. What’s great is that there are more options than just pens or syringes, there are also smart pens. What […]

Being a Sibling of a PWD

August 31, 2021

At CWD, we encourage families who have a child with diabetes to have honest conversations with the siblings of the child with diabetes about their experiences.  We have learned through the many families who attend the Friends for Life conferences, and through our own personal experiences, that siblings have their own challenges with diabetes in […]

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Exercise and Hybrid Closed Loop Systems

August 25, 2021

When people hear the word “diabetes” they often think of diet and exercise, given its importance with the management of type 2 diabetes and that type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes. For type 1 diabetes, exercise is also incredibly important, but it can be difficult for people with type 1 […]

Gastroparesis and Hybrid Closed-Loop Systems

August 18, 2021

Sometimes, despite all the hard work and attempt to stay healthy, diabetes can cause complications. One of those complications is called gastroparesis, which is a type of neuropathy that causes delayed emptying of the stomach.1,2 It causes severe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and feeling full after very little is eaten, as well as causing […]


Bolusing for Fat and Protein

August 11, 2021

The era of continuous glucose monitoring has put a spotlight on the many fluctuations that a person with diabetes (PWD) has in a day, and even in an hour sometimes. With access to this data, it is understandable why PWD are looking to make the hills in their blood sugar roller coasters less steep. One […]

From Laura: What’s the best way forward?

August 6, 2021

Well, here we go again. Since a successful Friends for Life Orlando last month, I’ve been very hopeful that CWD’s in-person conferences could continue on the path ‘back to normal.’ With the recent resurgence of COVID-19 in the form of the Delta variant, however, we’re back to considering the risks and figuring out the best […]

The Relationship Between COVID-19 and Type 1 Diabetes

August 4, 2021

There have been many big questions about how the Sars-CoV-2 virus relates to diabetes, especially for our CWD community. Now that we are 18 months into the pandemic, we have more answers to help you navigate the COVID-19 era. Q: Are adults with type 1 diabetes at an increased risk for severe illness if they […]

Closed Loop Experiences

July 27, 2021

Closed loop insulin delivery systems are becoming more accessible to people living with diabetes (PWD). They come in different forms, but have a few key pieces in common: an insulin delivery method (usually a pump), a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), and a software algorithm that uses the data from the CGM to drive insulin delivery. […]