Low Carb Beer Recommendations

Beer bottles on wall
One of the challenges of being a Belgian and Ale drinker who also has diabetes is that most of the great tasting brews have a lot of carbohydrates and some have a lot of alcohol. Alcohol presents an interesting problem. The carbohydrates raise blood sugars ( within minutes ) but the alcohol lowers blood sugar hours later. For someone on insulin this present a challenge of how much insulin to take to control the blood sugars. I have tried a few low carbohydrates brews but … they leave much to be desired. Anyone have any suggestions?



57214038_535ca793cf_m.jpgI sometimes suffer from bouts of vertigo. Not sure what brings it on but it usually doesn’t last more than a week. Except a few years ago just before I was diagnosed with LADA. Come to think of it that was the first time I ever had vertigo. My regular physician thinks it’s fluid in the ears from upper respiratory infections and colds. But I’ve had those in the past, pre-diabetes, and I never got vertigo. Perhaps it’s age. My mother also gets bouts of vertigo; sometime for weeks. I have a theory of my own. I notice that the vertigo gets worse when I drink large amount of coffee. This week when I got the vertigo, I quit drinking anything with caffeine and the symptoms are slowly going away. Meanwhile my hot beverage in the morning has been White tea.

Googdle Diabetes Doodle Campaign

Please help my friends Manny and Kerri convince Google to make a special diabetes day doodle. Click the link to join the petition.

Help spread the word about the petition:
-Tell others about the petition.
-If you have a blog, online community or other web site, please consider adding one of the banners below by copying and pasting the code below each of them on the sidebar of your web site:

The Diabetes OC under new management

(Gina Capone of the Diabetes Talkfest) has acquired The Diabetes OC.  Gina will be updating the site with a fresh new look.

To be listed on the updated website, or to update your current information, please send in your NEW submission forms! There are a lot of blogs on here that have broken links or have not been updated in a very long time and Gina wants to make sure everything is current.

To be removed from this site please send me an email to diabetesoc@gmail.com and put REMOVE ME in the subject line.

World Diabetes Day – Bringing diabetes to light

Bringing diabetes to light: International Diabetes Federation encouraging citizens to raise awareness and protect future generations.

Theme for 2008 World Diabetes Day – November 14 – is “Diabetes in Children and Adolescents”

September 25, 2008, Brussels, Belgium – The International Diabetes Federation announced today that it is calling on groups and individuals worldwide to get involved in activities to raise awareness of diabetes in the 50 days leading up to World Diabetes Day on November 14. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.”

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases to affect children. It can strike children of any age, even toddlers and babies. Every day more than 200 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, requiring them to take multiple daily insulin shots and monitor the glucose levels in their blood. It is increasing at a rate of 3% each year among children and rising even faster in pre-school children at a rate of 5% per year. Over 70,000 children a year under the age of 15 get diabetes.

If not detected early enough in a child, diabetes can be fatal or result in serious brain damage. The obvious warning signs of increased urination, increased thirst, weight loss and tiredness are at times completely overlooked and the disease is misdiagnosed as the flu or not diagnosed at all.

“Every parent, school teacher, school nurse, doctor and anyone involved in the care of children should be familiar with the warning signs and alert to the diabetes threat,” said Dr Martin Silink, President of the International Diabetes Federation. “Children who are not diagnosed or misdiagnosed can die from DKA (diabetic coma). In the developing world insulin is not reaching many children who need it and the children are dying. The International Diabetes Federation is advocating that access to appropriate medication and care should be a right for a child with diabetes and not a privilege.”

World Diabetes Day made a global splash last year, organizing the lighting of several of the world’s most recognizable monuments in blue. For 2008 the Federation is reaching out to the global community for their ideas on how to raise awareness.

“There are activities planned worldwide. We hope to have them all listed on the World Diabetes Day website,” said Campaign Director Phil Riley. “We’re encouraging people to join in with activities in their community and contact us with their ideas.”

Some of the projects already underway include:

· A team of Silicon Valley professionals is racing the official World Diabetes Day race car – a 1969 VW Beetle – in the Baja 1000 in November. The team, Desert Dingo Racing, is conducting a drive-a-thon fundraiser for the Federation’s “Life for a Child” program and working with the Federacion Mexicana de Diabetes to distribute educational material in Mexico during the race.

· In the Middle East, an Australian motorcycle enthusiast, Youcef Cummings, is piloting the World Diabetes Day motorcycle in World Cross Country Rally events in the region. Youcef is also conducting a ride-a-thon fundraiser for the Federation’s “Life for a Child Program’’. Following a top-10 finish in the Rally of Tunisia in May, Youcef’s next race will be the UAE Desert Challenge in Dubai on October 24-31.

· In Italy, Diabete Italia has partnered with current Italian League Champions, Inter Football Club to have children sketch the World Diabetes Day logo on the field during the matches on the Nov. 10 and 16. The players plan to sign balls and t-shirts which will be auctioned.

“One of the most popular and visible projects is to identify a monument in the community and arrange to have it lit blue,” said Phil Riley. “We hope that 500 monuments will be lit this year and are looking to promote these projects worldwide.”

At this early stage more than 100 monuments are already confirmed including the Pyramids (Giza) and the Sphinx in Egypt; the Hofburg in Austria; Christ the Redeemer in Brazil; Tokyo Tower in Japan; Burj al Arab and Jumeirah Emirates tower in the UAE; Manneken-Pis in Belgium and the Brandenburger Tor in Germany.


Kerrita McClaughlyn
, IDF Media Relations Manager, office: +32-2-5431639, mobile: +32-487-530625, email: media@idf.org

I am NOT a diabetic

For the love of God! I am not a diabetic. The word diabetic is an adjective. A person can NOT be an adjective.

• adjective – having or relating to diabetes.

Just like I am not “a short” or “an intelligent” I am NOT “a diabetic”. I eat a diabetic diet and use diabetic supplies. I am also a short man and an intelligent man. Please fracking get it right.