Why Can’t We Use It?

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I take care of adults with type 1 diabetes and have become a strong advocate for improvements in their care. Besides the fact that is has become harder and harder to get enough test strips for my patients, it particularly annoys me that once patients reach the age of 65 years, their continuous glucose monitors […]

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It has been almost a year since we were involved in the Beacon Hill Study for the bionic pancreas. Overall, both Anna and I had a very positive experience with the system that gave insulin when our blood glucose went up and glucagon when it was going down. What a mental five-day relief from the […]

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Part of my job as the community outreach manager of Glu is to build relationships with other type 1 communities to help them understand the value of Glu. On a recent trip to the West Coast, I not only was able to visit several clinics involved in T1D Exchange research, but I was invited to […]

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The New York Times series Paying Till It Hurts by Elisabeth Rosenthal recently featured life with type 1 diabetes, and demonstrated the high cost of diabetes management. The reaction from the diabetes online community (DOC) was mixed at best. Many people appreciated the description of life with diabetes and were glad it helped raise awareness. Many […]

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Glu, part of T1D Exchange, works with a network of more than 70 clinics, a registry of data from more than 26,000 patients, and a sample repository that supports researchers from industry and academia. The T1D Exchange Clinic Registry bolsters the development of projects and programs in type 1 diabetes by helping researchers characterize individuals […]


On April 1, 2014, an advisory panel of US regulatory advisors for the FDA voted that it should approve Afrezza for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Keep in mind, however, that the FDA does not have to follow the recommendations of this panel, but it’s an extremely positive sign moving forward. One of […]

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What are ketones? Ketones occur when the body can no longer break down any carbohydrate, so it needs to use its stored fat to help. They are small molecules made primarily of acetone that can be dangerous if ignored. Why do we check for ketones? Ketones are especially dangerous for those of us living with […]

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Tommy and James (made up names) are eighth graders. Both have T1, and live in Fairbanks. We’d been chatting at a restaurant for about an hour during dinner, when James’s arched eyebrows began to worry me. Did I have food on my chin? Tommy almost screamed, “What are you doing?” Tommy and James’s distress for […]

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I’m an optimist, usually happy to fend off life’s adversities with a smile and a smart comment. But when first my husband and then our only child were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes within a few years of each other, glib wisecracks were a pretty inadequate coping mechanism. Early Days When my daughter Laura’s condition […]

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A certified diabetes educator discusses what the condition is, how it might affect blood glucose management, and strategies for minimizing your risk.