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In my last post, I took a look at what hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is, how to recognize it and what to do if you see symptoms. On the other end of the spectrum is hyperglycemia – or high blood sugar. In doing my research on both conditions, I learned that it’s significantly important for caregivers and those living with diabetes to be aware of what these conditions are and how to deal with them. Here’s what I found …

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Sep 27

Hypoglycemia: Know Your Risk

I recently came across the results of an online survey showing not all people with diabetes know just how serious hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can be. The findings in the survey surprised me, so I thought it might be beneficial for me to learn more about the causes, symptoms and effects of hypoglycemia. During my research, I also found information for treating hypoglycemia if it does occur.

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Sep 21

Diabetes Help Team: A Go-To Resource

In August, I shared some background on what Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) are and what they do. These talented individuals are vital to the diabetes world and are some of my favorite people. I also shared some of the interesting discussion that took place at their annual AADE conference. Given Sanofi US has a team of CDEs, I wanted to have my colleague, who manages the team, share more about what they do in her own words. It’s my pleasure to have Kathy Beach write for Discuss Diabetes today.

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Learn about my experience at the Unite for a Healthy Future event yesterday in Central Park, organized and supported by groups such as the International Diabetes Federation and the Diabetes Hands Foundation just to name a couple. I wrote last week about how excited I was about the event, and my excitement was justified. Not only did I see, and finally meet, a number of DOC friends, but I was inspired in a number of ways.

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Sep 16

Data, Design, Diabetes: The Semifinal Round

In large part, diabetes care is about comprehending information and personal data, which is why we got so excited by the prospect of facilitating innovation in diabetes via the Data, Design, Diabetes Innovation Challenge – an initiative that encouraged participants to consult and make use of the open data made available at HealthData.gov.

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For those of us working in the field of diabetes and/or for those of you living with diabetes, we are often focused on the disease and can sometimes lose sight of the fact that there are others around the world with different diseases who are facing their own daily challenges. That is part of the reason the United Nations is holding its high-level summit on non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, cancer and heart and lung disease on Sept. 19-20.

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It’s baseball season, and if you’re anything like my colleagues, you like to keep tabs on all the top players and their statistics; things like RBIs and batting averages are carefully reviewed in preparation for Fantasy Baseball. In the diabetes community, there is a test that acts like a baseball player’s batting average that can give you and your doctor(s) a good sense of how controlled your blood sugar is.

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Sep 9

September 2011 Events Round-Up

Here’s a list of this month’s diabetes-related events. Know of any upcoming events? Feel free to submit them using the link at the bottom of the calendar widget, and we’ll review them and do our best to get them on the calendar.

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The “F as in Fat: How obesity threatens America’s future” report by Trust for American’s Health has been released annually since 2006 and has been an important measuring stick for the nation’s battle with obesity. While the full contents of the report could take multiple posts to truly analyze, I chose instead to do a deep dive into the report’s diabetes-related information. For me, the most interesting aspect of the report is the data behind the population of those living with diabetes, how diabetes rates are distributed across the U.S., and how the statistics have evolved throughout the years.

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Earlier this month, in my Back to School Checklist post, I shared a few helpful YouTube videos from Pam and John Henry, founders of MyCareConnect and BlueLoop. Recently, I had the chance to chat with Pam and John about the products and services they provide to parents and their personal story of how diabetes has touched their lives.

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