Dear Diabetes, you suck.

a front end developer who also happens to have type 1 diabetes

Dear Diabetes, I’m wearing blue today.

I’m wearing blue today to do my part to help bring attention to World Diabetes Day, and to advocate and bring awareness for diabetes and the people living with it.

Check out the Facebook page for Blue Fridays — this is sponsored by the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF), a pretty neat foundation I stumbled upon whose mission is to connect, support and educate people living with diabetes by encouraging open and meaningful discussion of current issues impacting diabetes care through the use of social media and other platforms. #verycool

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing these resources! I will be checking them out and sharing them. It’s so important to bring awareness and provide support for those living with diabetes.

    My question for you is regarding the diabetic meal exchange program. I was recently placed on it to monitor my carbohydrates, but I was surprised that there weren’t any apps or websites that helped you calculate your exchanges or give you recipes with the exchanges already made for you.

    I started a blog to help people with meal ideas, and to post recipes that already have the exchanges calculated. Does this seem like it would be helpful to others or am I the only one who is struggling with this? Maybe you have information regarding existing resources?

    Thanks for your help/comments/ideas!

  2. Thanks for your comments — to be honest, I’m not really familiar with the diabetic meal exchange program. I reviewed the information on your page, it looks similar to the diabetic nutrition placemat, which is really just a balanced diet — is that about right? You are definitely not the only one who suffers in trying to calculate their meals for diabetes — regardless as to whether the unit is exchanges or carbs. I have mostly just been carb counting (looking up items using google) and then entering the numbers into a spreadsheet that I built to calculate my insulin needed based on blood sugar and carbs. This record has allowed me to see my history and compare insulin levels with carbs eaten in an effort to fine tune my program. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s been working for me so far. I’ve tried out some apps and have been looking for resources, but so far starting this blog and reaching out to individuals has been the most successful method for finding useful information. Hope this helps — let me know if you have any questions.

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