Monthly Archives: June 2012

Swimming: A Great Summer Exercise, With or Without Diabetes

Swimming in the summer is a great way to get the exercise you need, spare your joints and enjoy the simple pleasure of being active in the water. While in New Englandwe are held captive in chlorinated indoor pools most … Continue reading

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Understanding the Sliding Scale in Diabetes Care

One of the tools physicians use to help people who take insulin keep their blood glucose in control is a sliding scale. There are many reasons your health care provider may prescribe this type of insulin regimen for you but … Continue reading

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Calculate Your Weight Loss Goals

A new online weight loss calculator is getting some attention; it can tell you how long it will take to lose a specific amount of weight, how many calories you need to cut and/ or how much additional physical activity … Continue reading

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Difficulties in Personalizing Diabetes Education

This editorial is by Nora Saul, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Manager of Nutritional Services at Joslin. We are forever trying to fit round pegs in square holes. We talk a lot about being sensitive to patient’s cultures and we have laws … Continue reading

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Beating the Heat With Diabetes: Safety Tips for Sweltering Summer Days

First day of summer and us East Coasters are having a heat wave. But it’s not just the East coast that is bearing the brunt of the sun’s force. Temperatures are supposed to reach the high 90s for the next … Continue reading

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The T1D Exchange: Gathering Data on Type 1

Every June thousands of physicians, researchers and educators head off to the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association to share ideas and hear the latest research on a myriad of topics in diabetes care. This year, attendees were treated … Continue reading

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Type 2 Treatment from the Alpha Cell?

Scientists are now taking a closer look at treatments for diabetes from the pancreatic alpha cell’s perspective. When we think of the pancreas and diabetes we immediately think of the beta cells and the hormone insulin. Insulin is responsible for … Continue reading

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Giving Celiac a Second Look: The Basics of Gluten Intolerance

You may have heard of celiac disease—also known as gluten intolerance, sprue or gluten enteropathy. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. In celiac disease your immune system mistakes gluten for a foreign invader and attacks it … Continue reading

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Salt–Is it Good, Bad, or Neutral?

This past weekend, the New York Times published an editorial on salt, and how we may not need to restrict it as much as we think. This line of thought is in stark contrast with the vehement warnings against American … Continue reading

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Another Insulin Choice Approved For Pregnant Women

For years NPH (neutral protamine hagedorn) also known as Humilin N® or Novolin N® was the only basal (longer acting) insulin approved to control glucose levels in pregnant women. Now the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has given the go … Continue reading

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