June is Men’s Health Month to raise awareness about health care for men. C’mon gentlemen, it’s time to take charge of your health! According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys and men in the U.S., on average, die 5.6 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the top 9 out of […]
Does your spouse, parent, caregiver complain about finding blood test strips all over the house, car, bottom of purse? If so, then we can relate. It has definitely gotten better since Rhodes went on a continuous glucose monitor, and now only has a check/calibrate a couple times a day. But before his CGM, we were […]
Did you know that about 40 percent of diabetics leave their medication and supplies at home when they’re getting ready to go out and be in the heat? That’s not good. Pack your diabetes supplies and medication in a small cooler and bring them with you when you’re out and about this summer!
Are you tech-savvy and using apps to help manage your diabetes? Healthline’s Top Diabetes Apps of 2017 features 10 of the leading apps, but we would love to hear from you! Do you use any of these apps? If so, please share your feedback in our comments. The “mySugr: Diabetes logbook” review says it can produce a excel spreadsheet […]
March 27, 2018, is the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) National Alert Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes. If you are involved in our support group, you are probably already aware of the risks and consequences of a life with diabetes. However, you probably […]
Glucagon has saved Rhodes’ life three times. Three times, in 34 years, his blood sugar has fallen so low, that glucagon was needed to bring him out of “diabetic shock.” One of those three times, I should have been the one to deliver the life-saving dose of Glucagon, but I wasn’t. Because I broke the needle. […]
Rhodes and I were thrilled to attend the Central Virginia chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Hundreds of people gathered in Richmond to celebrate the work of our local chapter and raise funds for diabetes research to find a cure. Find your local chapter of JDRF and get involved!
Studies cited by the American Diabetes Association say that people with diabetes have a greater risk of suffering from depression than people without diabetes. Perhaps the symptoms of diabetes and depression are themselves a vicious cycle, but regardless of the cause, we need to keep mental health on our radar. If you or someone you […]
When did Valentine’s Day become an excuse to binge eat candy and chocolates? It’s like Halloween but for adults. We don’t think $5 cards are the answer either, so our suggestion for this Valentine’s Day is to think outside the (chocolate) box. “Diabetic-friend” or “Sugar-Free” candy is not the answer. No candy is totally carb free, and […]
Ever since Rhodes was diagnosed 34 years ago, he has been carb counting. As a Type 1 diabetic, who produces zero insulin himself, he needs to take insulin to cover every bit of food or drink that goes in his mouth. His doctors have recommend carbohydrate counting in order to determine how much insulin to take with […]