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Travel Snacks for On-the-Go

Planning a car trip? Or just on the run? Like all diabetes management, packing snacks takes some time and effort if you don’t want to end up at the mercy of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores. We think glucose tablets are your best bet to treat lows– they are fast acting and don’t add calories or fat […]

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The Rising Cost of Insulin

National diabetes organizations report that the cost of insulin tripled between 2002 and 2013. If that wasn’t bad enough, two of the leading insulin manufacturers increased the list price on their products by about 8% in the last year. We know the high cost of insulin is a problem for many people. Organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research […]

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Men, Take Care of Yourselves

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 […]

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Blood Test Strips Everywhere

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 […]

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How to Stay Healthy in the Heat

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!

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Using Apps to Manage Diabetes

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 […]

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Diabetes Alert Day

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 […]

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Glucagon Failure

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. […]

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JDRF Gala 2018

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!

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Diabetes and Depression

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 […]

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