What You Need to Know about Diabetes Alert Dogs

Before there was the continuous glucose monitor, there was the diabetic alert dog, or, to use their adorable acronym, the DAD. These highly-skilled furry medical assistants are trained to do something remarkable: they can sense your blood sugar and warn you when it is too low or too high. Diabetic alert dogs have saved lives. […]

The Value of Diabetes Camps: Building Skills and Grit in a Safe and Supervised Way

A few years ago, I attended a function for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their caregivers. A breakout session on type 1 at school was packed with parents of newly diagnosed children, most wearing the familiar look of worry and exhaustion that us veteran parents remembered all too well. These weary […]

The Importance of Sleep Health for Diabetes

Everyone who lives with diabetes knows that the cornerstones of successful management include insulin therapy, strict monitoring of one’s diet, exercise, and managing stress. But another, lesser-known key element to good diabetes management is sleep health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 in 3 Americans don’t get enough sleep. […]

Diabetes is Ruff: Diving into the World of Diabetes Service Dogs

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Julia Kenney When you think of tools to help you manage diabetes, you likely think of therapies and devices – but what about dogs? We spoke with Mark Ruefenacht, who trained the first diabetes service dog in the world, to learn how these special animals […]

Diabetes and Divorce: Getting Through the Process

Diabetes can wreak havoc not only on one’s physical health, but on one’s mental and emotional health as well, and oftentimes the toll that diabetes takes will affect the entire family. If you’ve faced or are currently facing a divorce and live with diabetes, you know all too well that it adds a complicated layer […]