Monthly Archives: February 2012

Diabetes Pump Dictionary

All the lingo of a pump can be overwhelming. Temporary basal, extended bolus, combo bolus, insulin on board, max basal and bolus. So here is a pump-dictionary, to help you sort through the jargon. Basal insulin is small amounts of … Continue reading

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On the Road with Diabetes: Yield to Hypoglycemia

People who have diabetes depend on their ability to drive just as much as anyone else. But driving when you have diabetes requires extra precautions. It’s not enough that you check your blind spot before pulling away from the curb; … Continue reading

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An Interview with Stacey O’Donnell, a Diabetes Nurse Educator

Stacey O’Donnell, R.N., C.D.E., has been a nurse educator at Joslin Diabetes Center for the last five years. She graduated from Curry College in 1996 and spent three years in the cardio thoracic and two years in the vascular intensive … Continue reading

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$10.8 Million Goes to Expand Joslin’s Mission

The Joslin Diabetes Center just received $5 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and raised another $5.8 million to match by tapping its donor base. These funds will build a Translational Center for the Cure of Diabetes. Translational research … Continue reading

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Back to Basics of Diabetes: Nutrition Supplements

What nutrition supplements should I take? At present there isn’t enough data to recommend that people with diabetes as a group take any particular supplements. Although the data regarding the efficacy of foods such as cinnamon and vinegar is equivocal, … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Clinical Trials

If you receive your health care at a major medical center you may have seen flyers soliciting your participation in clinical trials.  So what are clinical trials? What are the responsibilities of the researchers? And most importantly for you, what … Continue reading

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A False Sense of Hypoglycemia

By Nora Saul, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Manager of Nutritional Services at Joslin Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood glucose level below 70mg/dl. But many people find that they feel the symptoms of low blood glucose at levels much higher than … Continue reading

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Back to Basics of Diabetes: What are the risks for complications?

Am going to lose my feet or go blind now that I am on insulin? The only potential complications attributable to insulin are hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and, in some instances, weight gain. Usually people who experience complications after starting … Continue reading

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Pump Infusion Sets — Getting the Most out of the Connection.

If you are considering a pump with tubing, you may know that you will be required to wear an infusion set, but have little idea of what these are or what your role is in their proper operation. The infusion … Continue reading

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The Effects of Type 2 Diabetes on Brain Function Study

Description: In this study, we are looking at whether people with Type 2 diabetes show early signs of changes in their thinking processes.We are looking for people both with and without type 2 diabetes so we can compare their thinking … Continue reading

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