Category: Diabetes

A pint of Guinness later

Yesterday I met a fellow type 1 diabetic in a bar. She spotted my libre sensor and showed me hers. We were libre buddies. There the resemblance ended. Her blood sugar was at 15.2 mmol/l (274 mg/dl), and she was drinking a pint of Guinness. When she pulled out her iPhone with the librelink app…
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The Legacy Effect

A collaborative project between the University of Gothenburg and the University of Oxford looked at the significance of blood sugar levels in the first years after diagnosis with type 2 diabetes. Scientists found that diabetics benefit from getting control of their blood sugar fast, much more so than we previously thought. Targeting an HbA1c of…
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Diabetes and Covid-19

I read a study the other day that showed that two out of every five Americans who die from covid-19 are diabetic. It makes diabetes one of the highest risk conditions in the pandemic. It’s sobering that while only 10% of the US population suffers from diabetes, 40% of covid-death cases are connected with the…
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Why you don’t want a pancreas transplant

I’m taking a summer course in dystopian fiction. This week we’re reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, which annoys me no end. It presents organ transplants as a route to life extension in a near-future England, where human clones serve as the donors. The problem I have with the novel is that it disregards…
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Dead in bed syndrome

One of the fears I had as a newly diagnosed diabetic was that I would go to sleep and not wake up again. It is known as dead in bed syndrome, where you go to bed fine, but then they find you dead in the morning. The reasons why it happens are unclear. Scientists speculate…
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What is HbA1c?

When you’re diagnosed with diabetes, there’s a lot of new terminology. What’s the difference between basal and bolus insulin? Why do we need continuous glucose monitoring? Which is the best app for carb counting? You end up with more questions than answers. For me, the most confusing thing was HbA1c. When I went for my…
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Three common arguments against low-carb

When I first asked my endocrinologist for regular insulin, she wondered if it wouldn’t be inconvenient for me to pre-bolus before meals. We’re obsessed with the idea that diabetics should eat a standard diet. There’s a race to come up with faster-acting insulin to make this possible. Few people address the elephant in the room,…
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Liver fat could cause insulin resistance

Scientists believe that the liver could hold the key to preventing and treating type 2 diabetes. With 95 percent of diabetics diagnosed with type 2, it’s a lot more prevalent than type 1. All current therapies for type 2 diabetes primarily aim to decrease blood glucose. It’s treating a symptom, much like decreasing the fever…
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Walmart starts selling low-priced analog insulin

Walmart’s sold regular insulin under the ReliOn brand for some time. It’s a lifesaver for diabetics in the US who can’t afford the insane list prices from pharmaceutical companies. Regular insulin follows the slow glucose release from protein, so it works well on the Bernstein diet. On the other hand, it’s not so good for…
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Exercising with type 1 diabetes

Three weeks ago I started jogging. It was humiliating as people ran past me all the time. Since then, I got a bit faster and more resilient. Beginnings are always the worst. It’s been interesting to see the difference it’s made to my blood glucose. My insulin sensitivity changed quite a bit, and there were…
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