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Kycie Terry’s Type 1 Diabetes Fight and Death Heard by Many

On Saturday July 11, 2015, a post appeared on Facebook that shook the diabetes community and beyond. Five-year-old Kycie Terry, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes less than six months ago, had passed away. It was the kind of news that you have to read twice and even a third time, hoping that somehow you’re misreading it. Back on January 30, Kycie had suffered severe brain damage after Type 1 diabetes... read more

Type 1 Diabetes Song – A Little Bit Longer by the Jonas Brothers

I realize that this Jonas Brothers song has been out for a little while now (released in 2008), but a friend from high school whose daughter was just diagnosed with Type 1 posted it to her Facebook wall the other day. So, I thought it was a good time to remind fellow T1s and parents of T1s that you’re not alone, no matter how isolated you might feel at times. Like most of you, I wish that there were... read more

Type 1 Diabetic Kris Freeman – Olympic Cross-Country Skier

At age 19, the very same year that Kris Freeman was asked to join the U.S. Ski Team, he received the news that he could have let alter his future as a skier.  He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  The year was 2000 and by then Freeman had already been on a lifelong trajectory to become an Olympic skier.  His parents, who were both cross-country skiers themselves, pulled Kris behind them in a sled... read more

Google’s Diabetes Contact Lens Tests Glucose Levels in Tears

Yesterday, my wife sent me an article about a contact lens that Google’s secret lab was working on. No, this lens doesn’t overlay a computer screen in your field of vision, nor does it provide a visual map of turn by turn directions as you walk down the street, pointing out the nearest coffee shop or ATM machine. No, this isn’t the next generation of Google Glass.  It’s... read more

Can Sunburn Raise Blood Sugar?

With the warmer weather finally here, my wife and I headed to our community pool yesterday.  It was an overcast day, with the sun only occasionally peeking through the clouds.  I decided to forgo the sunscreen for most of the two hours we were there, eventually applying some to my shoulders an hour in.  Needless to say, it doesn’t take bright sun to give you a burn, and today I woke up a bit sore... read more

Type 1 Diabetes Hypoglycemia Deaths Per Year

Several times a year I hear of severe hypoglycemia taking the life of another Type 1 diabetic.  Most of us are familiar with “Dead in Bed” syndrome, which is the term used to refer to severely low blood sugars taking the lives of children as they sleep.  Since these deaths almost always can be prevented with proper management of the disease, I set out to discover just how many Type 1s... read more

Type 1 Diabetic Cough Medicine Scot-Tussin Review

The first time I got sick after developing diabetes in 2004, I was still living at home and I can remember my mom buying every type of diabetic cough medicine that she could find.  This included Diabetic Tussin, Sugar-Free Robitussin, Scot-Tussin and a slew of sugar-free cough drops.  Over the years, the one that has come to work the best for me is Scot-Tussin DM. Scot-Tussin diabetes cold... read more

C8 MediSensors Noninvasive CGM Approved for Sale in Europe

A little over a year ago I first wrote about C8 MediSensors HG1-c noninvasive continuous glucose monitor (nCGM).  This week I received word from the company that their device, which uses light to measure glucose in the interstitial fluid, has gained CE Mark Approval for sale in the European Union.  European customers can reserve C8 MediSensors Optical Glucose Monitor System via the company’s... read more
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