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No More Shots?
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Finger Pricking and insulin shots are daily routines that Type 1 Diabetics experience. However, what if there was only finger pricking and no shots?   Recently, Afrezza – an inhaled insulin – has breathed new life into the daily habits of Type 1 Diabetics. Afrezza, an inhaled insulin, is meant to replace bolus or mealtime insulin. Although it not does not replace basal or long-lasting insulin, Afrezza works as a...

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Sugar, Sugar… Ah… Honey, Honey!
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Sugar, ah, honey, honey You are my candy girl And you got me wanting you. I am sure a majority of you know this oldie but such a goodie (after all it is Throwback Thursday…). No matter what generation you are growing up in, there’s nothing like a classic song that can connect you to other age groups. One advantage of time progressing is...

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Medical ID Jewelry
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A couple of weeks ago, my amazing hubby bought me one of my most important accessories for our 6-month anniversary. It’s not from Tiffany’s, but it is a lot more useful than a pretty blue box. Being a Type 1 diabetic that is constantly on the go, it was a medical ID / emergency bracelet that includes important life-or-death information: my name, (2) ICE phone numbers, and my medical condition...

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Follow The Money…
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As the saying from All The President’s Men holds, if you want to get to the bottom of something, “follow the money.” In the latest quarterly report from Medtronic, I noticed this largest multinational company had recently funded Glooko, a type 1 diabetes monitoring software. Along with Medtronic, IBM Watson Health, an extension of IBM, participated in the $16.5 million Series B funding. As I was curious to see what Medtronic...

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National Donut Day!
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In my former pre-diabetic life, today was one of my favorite days! No, not really… okay, maybe a little bit. : ) I mean, doesn’t everyone love a big, sugary donut?! As I grew older (and wiser), this love turned to lust. The initial feeling of a great donut is wonderful, but its after effects are brutal! Over the years, I learned that the crash from a...

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Finger Prickin’
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During my last Doctor’s visit, he made the comment that I’m testing my blood sugar levels quite frequently. The Glooko app also confirmed my constant finger pricking, as I’m averaging a little over 9 pricks a day. Ouch! Good thing I have good health insurance, as buying these test strips without a prescription are over $1 a strip! Yes, these frequent finger pricks hurt (sometimes more than others) and make...

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Going “Goo Goo” for Glooko!
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A couple of weeks ago, my husband discovered the diabetes software – Glooko – on the Internet. Founded in 2010, Glooko’s innovative app allows both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics to analyze their blood sugar levels more efficiently. Wave goodbye to manually entering blood sugar readings in your logbook – or waiting until your next doctor’s visit to review your blood sugar readings! We can now collect,...

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Apple Cider Vinegar’s Impact on Blood Sugar
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As I mentioned in a blog post a few weeks back, I’m still experiencing the “Dawn Phenomenon”. My blood sugar has been rising 20-40 points while I sleep, which is unusual due to the fact that I’m fasting during this time. I used to be scared of getting low in my sleep – now ironically, it’s the opposite. For the last several nights, I...

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Double D’s: Dating And Diabetes
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Since it’s officially Friday (yay!), many unattached Type One’s may be planning for a “date night.” Personally, dating with diabetes makes me extra anxious. Since I was officially diagnosed at the age of 23, it was something I had to learn how to do later in the game. And trust me; I am still learning six (amusing) years later. Before becoming a diabetic, there wasn’t much...

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I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Had Hypoglycemia
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Hypoglycemia feels awful and the lower, the worse. This morning, as I wrapped up physical therapy, my blood sugar was at 57. I could tell it was low because my hands started to get shaky. I usually don’t get sweaty – just shaky and weak. As I was leaving the office, I needed to get a letter from my Doctor to give to my HR department...

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Your Loved One Has Type 1, Now What?
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It’s hard to imagine being told that you have Type 1 Diabetes, let alone your loved one. When my wife recently received her Type 1 diagnosis, there was part of me that wished it was me instead of her. Why did she have to receive this news? Why couldn’t it be me? I was the fighter, she was the healer. However, I quickly learned...

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“My Grandma Has Diabetes.”
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When people hear that I’m a Diabetic, one of my favorite responses is, “My Grandma has Diabetes too.” These days, I just smile and chuckle a little on the inside. Don’t get me wrong: I feel for your Grandma, but she most likely has Type 2 Diabetes, which is very different than my scenario. Type 2 Diabetes is when your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin to offset your carb...

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Bread and Butter Dreams
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If I got to pick my last meal on earth, my answer would be EASY. I wouldn’t go after a fancy steak, a high-end lobster dish or something (extra) deep fried. My top food preference is super simple – bread and butter. Out of all the food choices out there, I can’t get enough of bread and butter. I honestly think I could eat...

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Happy 1 Month Birthday To Me!
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  Today, May 17, 2015, is my one month anniversary of being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and starting my insulin injections. Below is a brief summary of how I’m doing – both mentally and physically.   Since starting insulin, my highest blood sugar has been roughly 250 mg. It was during my first week of taking insulin, or I like to call my “trial...

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Run, Ashley, Run!
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How Insulin Improved My Work-Out Performance   Like most Type One Diabetics that were diagnosed as young adults, you can probably relate to the following: having extremely high blood sugar results in lethargy, which results in a meager work-out performance. Before my diagnosis, I was very tired which deteriorated my running mileage and time. However, at the time, I just thought I was a not-so-great runner that...

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The “Dawn Phenomenon”
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Lately, I have been going to bed with a blood sugar around 90-100, and waking up with a blood sugar much higher – between 130 – 170. At first, I thought it was a fluke, but it’s happened several times over the last week. How can my blood sugar increase if I’m not eating any carbohydrates at night? During my last visit with my...

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JDRF Brings Hope To Type 1 Diabetes
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Introducing Type One Nation   On Sunday, April 19, 2015, my husband and I had the privilege of attending JDRF’s Annual Type One Nation Event at Hotel Irvine. It was a great, educational event for Type Ones to learn about the advancements in healthcare, see different pump options, hear from industry specialists, and attend small group seminars – in addition to mingling with other...

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No Vacation Days
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With Type One Diabetes, there are simply no vacation days from the disease. We must carb count and give ourselves insulin shots – every – single – day. And once you’re diagnosed, there’s no time for denial either. We are forced into shots on our tummies (my preferred injection spot) and counting carbohydrates at every meal – whether we like it or not. I think it’s funny when people tell me, “I’m horrified of needles. I could NEVER...

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Insulin Mathematics
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Shots, Shots, Shots It’s just like the song, right?!   Since I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes on April 17, 2015, I have been taking 2 types of insulin – Lantus (long lasting) and Humalog (for my meal-time insulin). Because I’m newly diagnosed, I’m most likely in my “honeymoon” phase; therefore, my insulin needs and dosages are expected to increase over the next several months. The honeymoon...

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