My Diabetic Tattoo

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I first decided I wanted a diabetic tattoo a few years ago. Sometimes you just don’t want to wear a medical bracelet all the time. A tattoo is always with you so you can’t lose it and you can’t forget it! When deciding on a design, I didn’t want something too big or something that […]

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My name is Hannah McDonald, and I am a diabetes advocate. Or activist. Whatever you want to call me, that’s me. There seem to be some arguments over the semantics of various terms, but here’s what you need to know. I’ve been blogging about my life with diabetes since 2006. I was diagnosed with Type […]

And other mishaps with medical staff I've had to deal with because of my type 1 diabetes.

Learning from Experience

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I spent a good part of my senior year of college trying to get a job that would land me in Sydney, Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics. My mother had, as a graduation gift from high school, taken me to the 1996 games in Atlanta. I had it in my head that Ihad to be […]

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We present to you the results from the first study that we conducted on Glu, which was focused on hypoglycemia. Thanks to everyone who participated! Our goal is to share the research results with the community, which we hope will spark a conversation, and allow researchers and the type 1 community to learn, engage in […]

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  Have you ever felt that diabetes management is like trying to hit a moving target? Maybe you get close to getting that A1C goal but never quite hit the bull’s eye. Or, perhaps you get there and then your healthcare professional tells you how you can do even better the next time. Perhaps, you […]

A woman with type 1 diabetes describes being left out of carb-heavy celebrations as a child, and why she thinks it's important to give herself permission to indulge in empty, carb-rich calories from time to time.


  I am not spontaneous nor am I carefree. I make lists about things that don’t need to be listed, and every time I leave my apartment, I stock my bag with enough diabetes supplies to manage a small village of people with diabetes. So it’s probably no surprise to you that I started to […]

Thinking About the Future


It was 1988, my first day at work as a psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. I had been asked to see Josh, a nice young fellow with type 1 diabetes. When I asked Josh how I could be of help, he said, “Today is my 30th birthday. Now what?” As a young […]

Welcome to Glu!

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My name is Dana Ball, Co-Founder and CEO of T1D Exchange. I’ve spent the past 11 years funding type 1 diabetes projects and programs for The Iacocca Foundation and The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. In fact, I wake up every morning thinking why do people get T1D, how can we better […]