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Coming Soon! A needless pain free way of obtaining blood for lab tests and fingersticks

Gone may be the days of sitting in the lab waiting room as you nervously anticipate your turn to have a lab draw. The old large needles, and tourniquets used to draw blood from your arm may be headed for a museum that depicts old barbaric ways of practicing medicine. Enter the new kid on the block: the Touch Activated…

May 31st is “World No-Tobacco Day”

So what do diabetes and World No-Tobacco Day have in common? Actually I was shocked when I did the research…  I suppose I should have known…but I didn’t… Smoking causes diabetes?!? According to the CDC smokers are 30-40% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And smokers have a harder time managing and controlling their diabetes. What I’ve…

Remote Control Workout

I laughed as I remembered what Richard told me about his exercise, or movement routine. At first I didn’t get it, what he was showing me, but then I saw what he was doing. He looked like he was lounging on the couch, and pointing an object toward the TV.  Yes, I finally got it; he called it his “Remote…

I give up trying to control my diabetes!

Liz threw down her food and blood sugar long on my desk as she entered my office; clearly she was frustrated, and confused. “Let’s talk about it, tell me what’s happening that makes you want to give up,” I asked her, I needed more details to help unravel and make sense of Liz’s frustrations. Understanding blood sugar patterns can be…

I’m going to pass out if you make me do this!!!

Larry had a needle phobia, and teaching him to inject himself with insulin was going to be a challenge for him.  While not those exact words, most of my patients say the same thing. Even I will admit it isn’t something I want to do, but if I had to, I know I could do it. Think about it, don’t…

But I love food! I’ll never be a good diabetic.

Lisa grumbled (a combo of mumbled and groaned) as she learned she had Type 2 diabetes. She looked like she was in a daze absorbing the news of her diagnosis. I could almost see her beginning to grieve what she thought she was losing in her life. From years of working with patients, I knew the road ahead could be…

The mindset of navigating food challenges like holidays, celebrations and social events for people with diabetes.

Navigating the holidays, celebrations and social events  when you have diabetes can be a challenging time.  Sometimes they bring stress and anxiety and other times; joyous happy times together.  Often it would appear that food is the main event… unless you choose to see it differently. Now don’t get me wrong,  food is an important part of adding quality to…

The High Cost of Ignoring Symptoms and Warning Signs

For about a week, I'd been smelling this odd smell while driving my car around town. Sort of like a wet burning dust smell, but there were no warning lights blinking, and the temperature gauge was showing in the low cool range. Everything appeared normal, but I couldn't shake the feeling that something was off. Just didn't know what it…

Cure Diabetes? Really?

What do you really think about all the claims that are currently on the radio, internet and TV that say: “You can cure diabetes within 2 weeks using our product” I have lived with these claims through the lives of my patients, and the feedback they give me. I’ve also seen the results in their blood sugar tests, they show…