I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
There have been several projects
and “stuff” that I’ve been meaning to blog about but I just never seem to get
around to it.That’s why I decided to
write this post: a potpourri of things that I feel you might find interesting.
Bennet Dunlap, who blogs at http://www.ydmv.net/ ,created this website as a way to
draw attention to the fact that the test strips we rely on are not necessarily
as accurate as they should be (due to lack of oversight by the FDA).Not only does Bennet want us to know this
fact, but he’s asking for our help by writing letters to our elected officials
and the folks at the FDA.You can start
by taking the quiz on this website to see just how much you know about the test
strips you (hopefully) use every day.
Ginger Vieira has created a series of exercise
videos.Ginger is a certified personal
trainer, health coach, author and person with type 1 diabetes.(She rocks!)You can purchase all 4 videos for just $5 and every
single penny of the
money will be donated to the Diabetes Hands Foundation Big Blue Test.
The Big Blue Test exists to
raise money for those people around the world who don’t have access to diabetes
supplies, including insulin.You can
help by just “taking the test” as many times as you can, usually in
November.Participating nearly 2 years
ago taught me just how much exercise can positively affect my blood sugar. Go here
to purchase these videos.DO IT!
Way back on June 1st,
a new collaborative blog began called the Type 2 Experience.This is just the beginning of a vision that
Beatriz Dominguez has to have a place specifically for people with type 2
diabetes by people with type 2 diabetes.I’m pleased to be among the contributors to this new venture along with Bea,Bob,Sue,Mike, Rachel, Dr. P, and Lizmari.
Most of us have our own blogs about living with type 2
(just click on the names above to go to their websites) but it’s great to be
collaborating with some awesome folks.Check it out!
I mentioned in a previous post
about how I had the opportunity to participate in a blogger summit specifically
for type 2 bloggers.I have yet to write
up my thoughts on that summit but I did want to tell you about a product that
was introduced to us that I think is really cool.It’s called the Vgo insulin delivery system
and it’s designed specifically with type 2s in mind. It was created by a small
company called Valeritas and I’m very impressed.I even wore one (without insulin) for 24
hours and I hardly knew it was there!The Vgo is a disposable insulin delivery device that you wear for 24
hours and then replace.It delivers a
basal rate of insulin as well as the option to bolus for your meals with just a
click or two of a button.You can swim
in it, shower, shovel rocks…just live your life!If you are a T2 and currently inject insulin,
I highly recommend that you check it out. Their website does a better job of explaining
than I can.It’s available by prescription and
will work with either Humalog or Novolog insulin.Seriously…check it out.When I start using insulin I will definitely
be wearing a Vgo.
Just an FYI, I’ve added some new
blogs to my blog roll on the left.
So there you have it, my potpourri
of information.How much would you like
to bet that as soon as I publish this post, I’ll think of something else I
meant to tell you about?