Dexcom G6 CGM gets FDA approval


Expected to be available in the U.S. in the next few months.

New advantages – no fingerstick calibrations, easy inserter, 10-day wear time, (bad news hard shut off, you can’t extend the sensor) approval for ages 2 years and older, no acetaminophen interference.

Mike Hoskins over at DiabetesMine did a great write- up.

Love the video, if nothing else the music will get you excited –

The Type 1 Versus Type 2 Diabetes War

HuffPost #7 – For this post I reached back to my second year writing on HuffPost. But the story is as relevant today as it was then.

There’s long been a friction of sorts between type 1 and 2. A sense that “you don’t understand what it’s like for me” no matter which side you’re on. The feeling among many type 1s that they live in the shadow of type 2, and a difference of opinion whether either side would benefit if we were more distinct?

That along with myths busted from my second book, “50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It” and more in this post, including a full and clear description of each condition.




JDRF trains type 1 diabetes specific psychologists

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I think this is great news. And I wrote about it on Thrive Global. I know there’s always been a raging debate where the JDRF should put its efforts. Many think only on research toward a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) or also helping people live wth the day to day of T1D.

I’m in the latter camp. I’d love a cure, but until that day I’ll take anything that helps make getting through the day easier. Not only will psychologists who understand the lived experience of type 1 diabetes help those who are struggling, but help us all. Find out how in the post.

HuffPost #6 – The Antidote to Living with Diabetes

On this Sunday evening, I hope to send you off to sleep with reason to congratulate yourself. You work hard managing diabetes, own what you do.

I first wrote this article for a creative expression contest run by Eli Lilly many years ago. I later included it in a HuffPost that today makes the sixth of my top 10 posts I’m recalling here.

As I was told by a wise man when I did volunteer work at a diabetes clinic for the poor in Bangalore, India, “Be good, do good, feel good.”


Final. The antidote to diabetes - Living Proud

Got my Stanford peer leader certificate and first taste of yuca

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This is my graduating class: warm, dedicated, wonderful women who are also a mosaic reflection of New York City. We each received four days of training to become peer-leaders of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program.

The program is now under the auspices of the Self-Management Resource Center  but it’s the same program Kate Lorig, PhD Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Nurse, created while at Stanford. It became the gold standard for diabetes education.

I interviewed Lorig only a few months ago for HuffPost when I wrote about this educational program going online.

A funny feeling to be back “in school” forty years later yet each of these women knitted a small circle of support around each of us so that, as we hunched over our training manuals, nervous like newbies, we all got through boot camp.

I’m grateful to our master trainers, Guedy and Chris, who do this work in the community and have now equipped a score of us to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes.

I’m grateful to my new peer-leader partner and friend, Meryl, who will co-lead classes with me, and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, is my partner.

And I’m grateful to my adventurous friend, Susan, who left our classroom each day at lunchtime to walk the streets of Harlem in search of her favorite yuca, a vegetable I had never tasted before, and each time she returned victorious and shared her delectable find with me.