Top 50 Diabetes Blogs

There’s a list of top diabetes blogsout by Masters In Public Health. The site’s creators, Mary and Paul Hench, say their lisrepresents excellence in content and research, and blogs are listed in no particular order. 

The list is neatly categorized into“Personal Blogs Of Diabetics,” where you’ll find DiabetesStories, “Diabetes Social Networks,” “Diabetes News and Updates” and “Blogs From Moms of Diabetics.” 

Each blog has a line or two describing it making it easier for you to chose where to dip in. The Hench’s created their site after spending months researching masters in public health programs and unable to find a reliable database of usable information. So, you guessed it, they created one. 

Take a look at the blog list and see what value might be there for you. The Hench’s would be pleased.


Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs


If you don’t know who Aimee Mullins is, you should. She’s an athlete, fashion model and inspiration on two prosthetic legs that often graces theTED stage.

Born with missing fibula bones, she had both her legs amputated below the knee when she was one year old. 

But Aimee has risen so far above her perceived handicap that she’s redefining how we see disability. 

She talks of the empowerment that can come from a perceived deficit and how we can, if we chose, be the architect of our lives, and identity. How the conversation is shifting from overcoming “deficiencies” and “disabilities” to having them augment us and our potential. And, she redefines “adversity” along the way.

In her quiet, unpretentious way, and with humor, she opens your mind to think differently and see your condition, whatever it be – for most of us it’s diabetes, as a launch pad for doing greater things.

This 10-minute video is, as are all her TED videos, smashing – for the places your mind will go and its visual richness, as she shares her dozen legs. In her tallest pair of legs, Mullins says she stands six feet one inch high. I think she stands far taller no matter which pair she may be wearing.  

New Facebook game creates a healthier you

Leave it to Manny Hernandez, founder of tudiabetes and estudiabetes, to come up with a Facebook game to help people with diabetes improve their eating and fitness habits. And the gem is, while you’re learning and doing, your ‘friends’ are helping you through it!

The game is called HealthSeeker and was launched June 14th with Joslin Diabetes Center collaborating on content and the sponsorship of Boehringer Ingelheim. Already, there are more than one thousand players.

How it works is you enlist your Facebook ‘friends’ to be your support circle and ravers as you take action steps that help you meet your healthy lifestyle goals. You’ll track your progress and you can share your game results via Facebook status updates and send them out to your Twitter followers.


As Manny, who has been living with diabetes since 2002 says, “I cannot overstate what a source of support, information and inspiration social networking tools like this can be for someone living with a chronic condition like diabetes.”

HealthSeeker™ provides simple action step suggestions and rewards your success through achievement badges and experience points you earn, kudos your friends can send you and comments they can leave on your Fridge door. (Your game Fridge door, that is!)

While your computer is home base, getting away from your computer is where the action happens – in the supermarket, in your kitchen, on the basketball court, in the pool. Then you come back and share your results.

The game is set up so that you choose “Missions” (healthy actions) as in the lingo of the old TV show, Mission Impossible – “Your mission if you choose to accept it….” 

These missions are the stepladder to achieving your goals. As you complete your mission, you move up in the game and get access to more and more detailed action steps where you will need to sharpen your healthy living-chops. For example, if a mission on Level 1 suggests you eat a certain kind of food once a week, later on you will have to do it twice or three times per week – and that’s the beginning of building new habits.

Manny has made going after health fun to give us all a helping hand to improve our diabetes management, and our life. Further, the fun of playing the game with hundreds of others, scoring yourself, seeing yourself gain more points and sharing your results, may be just the motivation you need to now get in the game. 

So get online and then get out on the field! There’s nothing holding you back now but you.

Way to go Manny!

Vancouver-based social game development group, Ayogo Games, Inc. developed the game code.

The 1st annual “Food for your Whole Life Symposium” shows we know a lot, but aren’t making good use of it


For the public and health professionals, NYC


David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P.


Michael Roizen, M.D. and conceptualizer ofRealAge


Eat your nuts and berries!



The first of hopefully an annual event was held this past June 6 & 7– the“Food for your Whole Life Health Symposium” – spearheaded by Dr. Oz. It was a two-day free event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City to explore how food and lifestyle choices affect overall health. And, to better arm dietitians to help patients make better food choices.

I happened to miss the first day that was open to the general public and drew 1,000 people, but attended the second day exclusively for health professionals, largely dietitians and some diabetes educators, and media. 

I find it interesting with all the constant information coming at us these days on health and healthy eating that people just aren’t indulging in it. So I asked the same questions of everyone I met while meandering between lectures and standing on the long line into the ladies room: “Why, with all the information out there on healthy eating, are people fatter than ever?” “Why are half the people with type 2 diabetes not managing their diabetes very well?” “What has to change so that people change their behavior?”

I heard the same reply from everyone—there is too much information out there and it has become too confusing. Some of it is contradictory, and none of it is laid out for people to act on easily.

In a private interview I conducted (yes, I’m still getting used to this Huffington Post blogger status) with a key speaker at the symposium, Dr. David Katz – a Yale University researcher and authority on nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease and a leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care – he confirmed these observations. He also pointed to the media’s collusion. With an endless need for “new” news and a ravenous appetite to titillate us, the media barrages us with an endless supply of findings that has left the general public reeling with confusion. The result:  heightened stress and not knowing what to do. The other result: people do nothing. 

Katz has been working along with several others on a nutritional ranking system called “NuVal™” that’s being piloted by Kroger, a chain grocery. Kroger is piloting it in 23 stores in Lexington, KY. It’s anticipated they will roll NuVal out to their additional 2500 stores in 31 states.

NuVal ranks foods from 1 to 100 as a guiding system on nutrition to help consumers make healthier choices among a category of food. For instance, you’ll know the healthiest crackers among all the available crackers in the supermarket.

Right now NuVal is in 600 stores with another 400 stores rolling it out later this year.  Katz believes if people begin to choose the most nutritious foods in most categories, these small shifts can make a significant health difference. Katz also shared with me that his wife, a PhD, returned to their house one day with five loaves of supermarket bread and said basically – You pick the healthiest one!  

Katz also said regarding diabetes that many doctors tell their patients in very vague terms what to do, like “Lose some weight” and “Get some exercise.” These directives fall right off patients’ shoulders as soon as they walk out of their doctor’s door. He also said most doctors think diabetes patients are “non-compliant” because they have no willpower, but Katz made it abundantly clear that it is not a matter of willpower, but the enormous lack of translating all this information into easy-to-understand, actionable steps.

The day I attended the symposium, the speakers elucidated us on the upcoming changing dietary guidelines, likely out in November, and took us through a healthy eating map from childhood through old age. The message, throughout however seemed pretty consistent: eat mostly fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats.

Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic with numerous other impressive titles behind his name, and Oz’s writing partner, closed the event outlining Cleveland Clinics’ progressive “Lifestyle 180 Program” that they first test-piloted on employees of the Clinic with remarkable results and a cost-savings to the Clinic well worth the investment.

For patients, the program encompasses a six week immersion program that is geared to change the four factors 75% responsible for chronic illness: smoking, food choices and portion sizes, physical inactivity and stress.

Very briefly, the program includes overhauling one’s cultural climate, largely your kitchen ridding it of toxic foods, having participants experience “I can do it” aha moments, muscle memory of right eating and exercise and a buddy system. One of the bottom line messages was – while our genes are our inheritance, our lifestyle determines whether they get turned on or not.

For those with diabetes who have gone through the program, Roizen said 60% were able to discontinue one or more of their medications for blood sugar, cholesterol or hypertension (high blood pressure) within six months.

Most of the people I met at the event thought it was of value and, for me, it only points to the urgency with which we are all recognizing we must turn this ship around that is so badly headed in the wrong direction.   

The principal sponsor of the event was the California Walnut Commission. Affiliated sponsors numbered 7, including Healthcorps and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.  

I did manage to sample the delicious wild blueberries which I was told are available in my favorite grocery, Trader Joe, as well as other chain groceries. I also got to grab a few packets of 1 oz servings of walnuts – that’s about 7 whole walnuts. Unfortunately, I also managed to forget the bag I stowed them in, leaving it under my conference table. 

Obviously, I need to eat more berries and walnuts to improve my aging memory!

New, less painful lancing device by One Touch


Delica Lancing Device – less pain, more labor 


Pelikan Sun – pain free but gone. Too costly for insurers 


Accucheck Multi-clix – a longtime favorite


I’ve been trying out a new lancing device sent to me by the public relations firm for One Touch. It’s called the OneTouch® Delica™ Lancing System and it’s available now at some retailers and will be available across the country mid-July.  

A few days after using it I emailed this report:


1. Thin needle and non-vibrating action makes lancing less painful than other similar devices (except for thePelikan Sun. However, I am sad to say it’s no longer being made.) 


1. Device is so lightweight that it’s sometimes hard to hold steady against my finger when lancing

2. Replacing one lancet at a time is time consuming and laborious

3. Thin needle is easy to bend, has happened already

I thought that would be that, and I’d return to my tried and true Accucheck Multi-clix. This is my favorite among typical lancing devices because it’s less painful and 6 lancets come in an easy-to-load drum.

But, I surprised myself. Every other time I lanced my finger I would reach for the Delica™, sturdiness be damned. 

I did actually find it less painful than the Multi-clix. And now I use it more often than my Multi-clix. Of course, I don’t change the lancets each time, probably after 6-10 finger pricks, and I’ll soon run out because my sample only came with 10 lancets. 

So I leave you to decide for yourself. 

The press copy says: 

The OneTouch Delica System features a new, proprietary 33 gauge lancet that is 40% thinner than current industry standard 28 gauge lancets.

In a clinical study of nearly 200 people with diabetes, 4 out of 5 reported the OneTouch Delica Lancing System was virtually painless/pain free and the most comfortable Lancing Device they have ever used.

And yes, I can attest to its non vibrating motion and 7 adjustable depth settings. 
The estimated retail price is $19.99 and includes 10 lancets. 100-count OneTouch Delica Lancets have an estimated retail price of $15.99. Both the device and lancets are covered by Medicare Part B and most private insurance plans.
Turns out quite by accident, Amy Tenderich over at DiabetesMine is also reviewing pain-free lancing devices today, so you can catch additional info. 
As for me, I still like that my Accucheck Multi-clix is sturdy, easy to hold and load so it doesn’t require fussing or touching the needle. 
Guess, I’ll have to make the big decision when my Delica™ lancets run out.