<![CDATA[Can Mom Have a Piece of My Birthday Cake? - Blog]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:11:34 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Up-Down Desk Equipment Helps Blood Sugars? ]]>Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:02:50 GMThttp://diabetesinthefamily.com/2/post/2014/03/up-down-desk-equipment-helps-blood-sugars.htmlPicture
I just received adaptive equipment that enables me to stand and sit at my work desk. I have a job that requires me to sit at my desk all day in front of a computer. My A1C has been steadily rising since I've worked at my company over 7 years now. Fortunately, an employee can request this equipment only if your doctor claims you have a disability. 
Is diabetes a disability?  Well, quite literally, diabetes is NOT a disability; however, if our diabetes runs out of control, and we sustain complications, those complications will become a disability. So, am I entitled to this piece of equipment?  Apparently, my company thinks so. Most of my co-workers have rallied around me lauding the decision to try at least one invention for keeping blood sugars stable.  A few downer employees don't see how I'm entitled to it...they claim diabetes is NOT a disability.  Should we look at this through a black or white lens? Wouldn't it benefit a company to keep an employee healthy?  Check out this article by Dr. Levine from the Mayo Clinic. I 

<![CDATA[SGLT2 Brand New Class]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2013 01:03:53 GMThttp://diabetesinthefamily.com/2/post/2013/04/sglt2-brand-new-class.htmlPicture
It's spring, a time for renewal, and a time for a new class of diabetes drug to take on the market.  This one is made by J&J, and it's called Invokana.
The oral drug works by getting rid of excess sugar in the blood stream by filtering it through the kidneys and out the urine stream. 
My curiosity has to do with the urine lab test strips doctors utilize to detect sugar in urine, prompting them to look further for diabetes!  Will this test be waived for patients taking Invokana?  Is this a silly question?  I'm always thinking of the little things, for little things sometimes count.

<![CDATA[Diabetes Vernacular]]>Sun, 30 Dec 2012 03:50:34 GMThttp://diabetesinthefamily.com/2/post/2012/12/diabetes-vernacular.htmlIs cheating in the diabetes vernacular?  I am addicted to chocolate, but a few units of insulin will cover it.  Insulin will cover just about everything. The diabetes police tell me I cannot have any sweets, but sometimes we need them to avoid passing out while experiencing hypoglycemia.  With type 2 diabetes, the CDEs tell us we can exchange carbohydrates with an equitable sweet.  Since we have more information and better technology, I think not having sweets has now transformed itself into not adding calories or weight vs. cheating.  There's no such thing as cheating in diabetes vocabulary, so I hereby strike it.  Do you think you're cheating if you eat a sweet?]]><![CDATA[Brittle is the Norm?]]>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 03:50:05 GMThttp://diabetesinthefamily.com/2/post/2012/12/brittle-is-the-norm.htmlPicture
Is it truly possible to attain an hbA1C of 5.5% for Type 1 diabetes?  It's possible, but when I hear about the T1 people who appear to deftly get into the normal range, I ask them the question, "Do you ever get hypoglycemia?"  The answer is always yes, and every day.  I just don't think the technology we have is ready to handle this, and if I had to weigh being around 7.0% A1C or hypoglycemia and being brittle every day, I'd surely take the 7!

<![CDATA[Drinking and Diabeting]]>Sun, 25 Nov 2012 03:26:11 GMThttp://diabetesinthefamily.com/2/post/2012/11/drinking-and-diabeting.htmlPicture
Now that the holidays are upon us, what's the deal with drinking and diabetes?  Does beer lower your blood sugar?  Is red wine higher in sugar than white wine?  I've had the diabetes police tell me under no circumstances should I ever drink because my diabetes will get worse, but then I hear mixed comments from certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and from endocrinologists.  I like this link on carbohydrate counts on alcohol, http://citygirlbites.com/blog/archives/8283.  It is surprisingly low, but high in calories for some drinks. What is the answer?  How do you handle a drink and diabetes?

<![CDATA[Diabetes Misdiagnosis in Adults]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2012 03:14:26 GMThttp://diabetesinthefamily.com/2/post/2012/11/diabetes-misdiagnosis-in-adults.htmlI was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1997 at age 32, but I'm Type 1.  I never thought that diabetes was such a difficult disease to diagnose, but there are multitude categories, and we don't fit into them nicely.  The article from the Wall Street Journal resonates with me perfectly.  See the link at 
Comment on whether you had a difficult time receiving a diabetes diagnosis.