It was so quick, apparently this was online and finished before anyone told me it was live. That said, it was still an honor, or maybe a hoot, to be chosen to be part of Revlon’s charitable donations campaign to organizations that support women and health. The profile as it ran below. Ignore the fact that in the second to last paragraph I’ve been transformed from Greenberg to Goldberg. I’m ignoring it :-).
Daniele Hargenrader, she’s actually much taller than the picture above, has pulled off a dream that involves you. She’s created a fantastic week-long series of videos with people who have diabetes just like you and loved ones sharing how we THRIVE (translation: flourish) with diabetes. I’m among the almost 30 people sharing their stories, their wisdom and their hearts.
The videos are completely free from November 1-7, with giveaways and prizes ON TOP of a huge community of support and sustenance. Tune in, you’ll learn, laugh, be moved, and most important of all, feel you’re no longer alone.
Register here and join us all on November 1.
I may have posted this years ago, I have a feeling I did. But I saw it again today and thought it’s just so wonderful. How remarkably easy behavior change can be when it’s fun.
I consider all the great technology and devices that keep coming out to help us manage our diabetes extraordinary. From the simplest, almost painless lancing devices and insulin pens to my sophisticated CGM that shares data and smart pumps. I call these devices “hardware.”
I also know something else is essential for good diabetes care and self-management. I call this “Heartware.” Learn more in this article on the Huffington Post.
Adam Brown, Senior Editor of diaTribe and fellow type 1 whom I much admire, wrote a fascinating article about his lo-carb/hi-carb eating experiment. Here is the link.
Adam found that by doubling his carbohydrate intake, his blood sugar average was the same as when he follows his usual low carbohydrate meal plan. He was surprised, and so was I frankly reading his post.
But this is what was different – he experienced four times as much hypoglycemia on his high carb diet, a lot more guessing regarding his blood sugars and insulin dosing, a lot more work managing his diabetes and a lot more stress.
Insulin is a dangerous drug, and doubling my carbs required 34% more every day. Large-carb meals also required two to five times more insulin in a single dose. My typical lower-carb meals needed one or two units at a time to cover vegetables, nuts, protein, and a bit of fruit – all raise glucose in small increments (+20 to +60 mg/dl) over a couple hours. By contrast, higher carb meals – even whole grains – often required five- and eight-unit boluses. Insulin has been called the second most dangerous drug (after the blood thinner warfarin), and insulin errors cause more than 97,000 hypoglycemia hospitalizations each year. I see value in taking smaller doses.
Adam’s article confirms my own long-held belief shared by many type 1s, that eating low carb makes our blood sugars easier to manage, keeps us in range more of the time and requires less insulin.
Whenever I’m off my low carb routine, times particularly when I’m traveling and can’t control my food, I feel like I’m chasing my numbers all day long. The typical American diet for me requires two to three times more insulin for each meal.
No matter how much you know about blood sugar management, you’ll find this experiment and post enlightening.