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Life or Death: Creating a Diabetes Survival Kit

Life or Death: Creating a Diabetes Survival Kit

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin Quite amazingly, many Americans still have no idea what diabetes is or the threats it poses every day to those struggling with the disease. Most still consider it “a small sugar problem,” which infuriates people to no end. While this blog is more …
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Is It Safe to Buy Glucose Test Strips in Vials?

Glucose test strips are very expensive. In terms of health, they’re also a necessity for anyone with diabetes. Accurate monitoring of diabetes is critical to avoid the dozens of health complications caused by the disease. Many Americans have started to look for cheaper ways of obtaining test strips, lancets, and other supplies. While there are …
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Obamacare and Its Impact on Diabetes

“The 9 most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” ~Ronald Reagan Here’s the question: Has the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had a positive or negative impact on Americans living with diabetes? It’s easy to digress on this question, but I’d like to focus on the …
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U.S. School’s Lack of Care for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

There’s no question that caring for students with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a difficult process for many schools. It’s a complex disease with potentially life-threatening consequences if not managed properly. Even if school nurses are trained to aid students suffering from the disease, it can still be a scary task. But that does not …
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The Cost of Diabetes – Finding Affordable Test Strips

This blog is based on an article from Diabetes Forecast Magazine – July/August 2015 “Stripped Down Savings – How to Cut the Cost of Blood Glucose Strips” This article from Diabetes Forecast is infuriatingly inaccurate, misleading, and useless. But before I that statement I just want to say that Diabetes Forecast is a great magazine …
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Type 1 Diabetes and Preventing Insulin Shock at Night

I had night terrors when I was a kid, but for people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), the greatest night terror is the risk of Hypoglycemia while sleeping. Hypoglycemia is a drop in blood sugar that can lead to Insulin Shock, which can result in death. New technology is continually helping People With Diabetes (PWDs) …
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What is Brittle Diabetes?

Today’s Blog starts with a Type of Diabetes I didn’t even know existed, and develops into a discussion about recent updates in Islet Cell Transplantations (ICT). As with all types of diabetes, Brittle diabetes is known by several other names (labile diabetes and unstable diabetes). They’re all terms used to describe uncontrolled Type 1 diabetes …
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America: Ignorant or Indifferent to Diabetes Epidemic?

I’m convinced. Most Americans are clueless about diabetes. Whether it’s ignorance or indifference (until they get diagnosed), they don’t understand the disease or the threats it poses to our health, our economy, or our future. Apparently the word “Epidemic” doesn’t seem to register. I’ve written about this in the past. Diabetes is not “a little …
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BLOOD GLUCOSE METER

Choosing the right blood glucose meter (BGM) is essential to managing your diabetes. It’s important to understand that while your PCP or Endocrinologist is there to help advise you, the decision on which meter is completely based on your personal preference. It’s vital to understand that you’re the one who has diabetes and it’s ultimately …
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Price of Diabetes Test Strips Will Continue to Increase

Despite new breakthroughs in manufacturing glucose test strips, the cost for diabetes supplies continues to increase. The global Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring (BGSM) market was worth 8.8 billion in 2011, and is continuing to explode. With demand continually increasing, there should be hundreds of manufacturers competing for market share, thus driving the prices down. But over …
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