The Low Blood Sugar Fire Drill

By Darren Bolton Chalk it up to a “life lesson” that was well-learned and safely resolved. Sometimes you get thrown an unexpected curveball, just when you think you have everything under control. Here’s my story. When I was first asked to write this article about managing an emergency low-blood-sugar episode for Countdown, I was not […]

Traveling with Diabetes

By Kalia Doner No matter where you’ll be spending your vacation, summer is a time to kick back and relax. For a person with diabetes that might sound easier than it actually is, but with just a little bit of planning, a relaxing vacation can be simple. “Just give yourself plenty of time to get […]

Know Your Numbers

By Kalia Doner When it comes to managing type 1 diabetes, there’s a lot of pressure on you to hit your target blood glucose levels day in and day out. That can make worrying about other measurements of your overall health—cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight—seem like more than you want to take on. “But the […]

16 Self-Care Tips: Five Experts Offer Their Best Advice

Your Tour Guides for the Most Effective Diabetes Self-Care Ever: William Tamborlane, M.D. Trevor Orchard, M.B.B.Ch Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. Marian Rewers, M.D., Ph.D. Francine Kaufman, M.D. William Tamborlane, M.D., pioneer in the development of the insulin pump and deputy director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; chief, Pediatric Endocrinology, Yale University, New Haven, CT “It’s […]

Happy Holiday Advice for Parents

The holidays usually mean lots of changes in your normal routine—changes in eating habits, activities, stress levels, and surroundings, among others. When you have a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D), these changes require extra careful planning, but with a positive attitude and some practical tips, you can still have a wonderful holiday season.

Managing Emotions after Diagnosis

Coming to grips with the emotional challenges of a new diabetes diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience for families. At a time when patients and parents are at their most vulnerable, they must quickly overcome the initial shock of the diagnosis, learn complex information, make considerable lifestyle changes, and help develop new attitudes and behaviors. […]

Diabulimia: Skipping Insulin to Lose Weight

A new type of “eating” disorder has surfaced recently, one that only strikes people with type 1 diabetes, many of whom are young women. Sometimes referred to as “diabulimia,” this condition occurs when type 1 individuals skip or restrict their required insulin doses in order to lose weight. Called “ED-DMT1 by medical professionals, diabulimia and […]

Depression in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Learning the symptoms and how to cope In the 40-plus years since Larry was diagnosed with diabetes, he has raised a son through a divorce and brought up three step-daughters. He has suffered from complications of his type 1 diabetes that led to him losing his sight in one eye. And he’s suffered from depression, […]