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Is it time to let her go?

Is it time to let her go: diabetic cat edition. [more inside]
posted by politikitty on Aug 13, 2010 - 29 answers

How do I get my insulin filled in a foreign country?

Oh, hive mind. I am very soon going to go join my boyfriend in Macau, China for an indefinite amount of time. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic. I am quitting my job and therefore, losing my insurance... is this going to cause problems? [more inside]
posted by the_royal_we on Jul 2, 2010 - 24 answers

Grilling pizza crust... for diabetics?

I'd like to do pizza on the grill, and I have the equipment. The challenge? Boyfriend is diabetic. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jun 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Effective glucose monitoring for an elderly diabetic

Wearable glucose monitors? Do they exist and if so, are they worth it? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on May 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Tattoo N00b

[TattooFilter] I've finally decided to lose my tattoo cherry, and have a pretty good idea of what I want, but specific questions remain. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on May 27, 2010 - 25 answers


Should I be worried about a higher-than-normal fasting glucose level (117) on my last blood draw? And if so, what should do about it? [more inside]
posted by wholebroad on May 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Weight, genetics, and ratios. Or: Motivate me to drop some pounds

According to my waist-hip ratio, I am unattractive and will die of heart disease. How much will weight loss help? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Apr 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts?

Dealing with a morbidly obese, bi-polar diabetic with chronic depression and suicidal thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Diabetes Disability - who pays?

I have a friend (living in the U.S. Southeast) who is not working due to type 1 diabetes. He was recently working the assembly line for a major Japanese automobile manufacturer before diabetes forced him to stop working and now he's on some kind of disability for the rest of his life. Does his employer write his disability checks or the Social Security system or is this unknowable without asking him probing questions?
posted by loosemouth on Mar 25, 2010 - 7 answers

How did "sugar" come to mean "diabetes"?

So what do you know about "sugar", "sugar diabetes", or "the sugar" being used as synonyms for "diabetes"? And how did that meaning come to be, exactly? [more inside]
posted by skoosh on Mar 6, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me prepare my type 1 diabetic teenager for life after high school.

My daughter is going to be graduating high school next year, and hopefully going to college. She is also a type 1 diabetic. What should/can I be doing now to prepare us both for the future? [more inside]
posted by cottonswab on Feb 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Snacks or dessert for someone with gestational diabetes?

Baby shower. Gestational diabetes. What can I bring? [more inside]
posted by zix on Jan 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Financial crisis in the family, what can we do?

My mom was diagnosed earlier this year with diabetes, and thats where things started getting really bad. The insurance we have won't cover anything she's needed for it. [more inside]
posted by jrdnbaade on Dec 4, 2009 - 33 answers

Help me help her!!

How can I best encourage and support my wonderful little niece who was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Nov 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Does Pterocarpus marsupium work?

I recently heard that Pterocarpus marsupium extract can be beneficial for those of us with high blood sugar. Have you tried it yourself? Has it been helpful? Have you seen results? Any side effects?
posted by RajahKing on Nov 6, 2009 - 1 answer

If I'm so healthy, why do I feel like crap?

I'm thirsty, fainting, dizzy, and cold. Do you know why this might be? [more inside]
posted by motsque on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I care for a cat with diabetes?

How do I best care for a cat with diabetes? [more inside]
posted by dbgrady on Sep 25, 2009 - 15 answers

Best science-based resources to help me understand pre-diabetes?

Help me understand pre-diabetes. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Sep 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Why does hypoglycemic sweat stink so bad?

I am a type 1 [insulin-dependent] diabetic, and sometimes at night, when I haven't eaten enough to cover the insulin I took that evening, I 'bottom out': my blood sugar goes down very low and I wake up bathed in sweat and must go searching for orange juice. My question is about this: The nighttime sweat from low blood sugar just... stinks. It is powerfully rank sweat, as though I had not washed in many days. My partner agreed, he has noticed that it is different from any other sweat I sweat. "You NEVER smell like that any other time. It's a low blood sugar thing." Yet only at night! I also become clothes-soakingly sweaty if low blood sugar happens during the day, BUT it seems 'normal', the same as when I exercise. Can anyone tell me why this might be? Why is the night-time hypoglycemic sweat so incredibly smelly? [more inside]
posted by st looney up the cream bun and jam on Aug 24, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I make a move of my unhealthy mother to San Francisco be successful?

I would like to move my schizoaffective, obese, diabetic, IBS mother to San Francisco from Maryland so I can help manage her health and get her healthy again. What resources should I look into? What problems should I anticipate? [more inside]
posted by fourmajor on Aug 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Should a person with diabetes have to hide their illness out of politeness?

Calling all diabetics: when out in public, like in restaurants for instance, do you inject your insulin/test blood sugar out in the open, or do you go to the rest room to do this? And if you do it out in the open, has anyone ever made a negative comment about it, and if so, how did/do you respond? [more inside]
posted by weesha on Aug 3, 2009 - 69 answers

Diabetic cat question

My diabetic cat has an off-again-on-again pancreas, so his insulin needs vary. I asked my vet about home monitoring using a glucometer. The vet said no one she knows who's tried it with a cat has succeeded. I tried it following this excellent video and found it was a piece of cake. Now we adjust his insulin based on twice-a-day readings, just as humans do (three times a day). I'm considering offering free home-monitoring training to owners of diabetic pets in my community who might benefit from home testing, as a public service. Do you think this would be useful?
posted by markcmyers on Jul 29, 2009 - 7 answers

the diabetic who came to dinner

What food/drink should I bring to a small dinner party where there will be one diabetic person? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Support for spouse with type II diabetes

It looks like my husband probably has type II diabetes, and I am at a loss. [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Jul 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Diabetes, glucose, and food -- Oh my!

Type II Diabetes filter: How do measured glucose levels vary depending on how long it has been since eating? [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Jun 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Do I need to see a doc now for sudden diabetes related symptoms?

Urgent-care-or-not filter: Excess thirst and frequent urination for the past two days, with pitting edema in the feet. Can this wait until next week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 5 answers

No fat, no sugar.. now grill it!

Grill Recipes for Father's Day - The catch? Dad's diabetic and a heart patient. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Might Metafilter Mitigate My Metformin Misery?

So there is this lovely drug called Metformin that I take to help control the ole blood sugar and it works a treat. However, it seems to be leaving me with a constant low grade stomach ache and very very frequent Diarrhea. My Doctor and I have experimented with lowering the dose but it does not seem to make much difference. This is a known side-effect of the drug, but I am reluctant to start changing things and risking introduction of new side-effects or lose some of the effectiveness of my current cocktail since it does a good job of keeping the numbers where they should be.

Has anyone out there experienced this issue and found a way to help minimize the side effect? (besides taking it with food, which I do)
posted by Lord Widebottom on Jun 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Levemir for diabetes?

Questions about using Levemir. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Assistance Needed...

Having intestinal reactions to meds that I've been taking for a while. I'm searching for a new Doc, but I'd like to ask the hive for assistance. [more inside]
posted by bach on Apr 1, 2009 - 6 answers

That was then. This is now.

I am killing myself because I can't get over the past. Please help me take control of my disease. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Husband diabetic. short term affordable health insurance info.

I need information on affordable health care for my type 1 diabetic husband. [more inside]
posted by Chele66 on Mar 17, 2009 - 12 answers

How to handle a costly, weak-bladdered dog?

Our six-year-old diabetic maltese is getting progressively more difficult to care for. He has frequent accidents on our and our two young daughters' beds; he needs regular insulin injections every 12 hours; and the cost between insulin, allergy shots, and a host of pills is challenging. How can we make things easier on ourselves without making him suffer? (As in, not crate him 24/7.)
posted by lexfri on Mar 6, 2009 - 26 answers

Are You Happy with Your Insulin Pump?

I am a 60 year old male who has had type 1 diabetes for 54 years. I have taken insulin injections every day since being diagnosed. For the last 30 years, I have taken 2-4 shots daily. Since the needles are now so thin and sharp, I don't feel pain with the injections, but it is such a nuisance to always have insulin and syringes with me and sometimes to have to find a place to inject. I am still fairly active (knock, knock) and am considering an insulin pump. Will you kindly tell me your experiences, good or bad, with your pump? Thanks!
posted by konig on Mar 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Risks of T1 Diabetes and pregnancy

As a Type I diabetic, the two risks of 1) passing the genes for diabetes through the population and to your child at a 100% greater risk than in the general population and 2) pregnancy-induced retinopathy (which could eventually lead to blindness) make me seriously doubt whether pregnancy is a viable option. How did other people think about these issues, and what made the difference in making this choice? [more inside]
posted by mccn on Jan 30, 2009 - 17 answers

What to feed a diabetic?

What to feed a Type 1 diabetic soon after giving birth? [more inside]
posted by I_drew_an_angelfish on Nov 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for meal ideas for Murphy's Law pregnancy: Gestational-diabetic-menu-filter?

Can you wonderful ladies (and awesome supporters of same) who have experienced gestational diabetes, even though you already ate pretty well, post as many meals as you remember eating/liking/working for you? [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration on Oct 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Sweet, sweet blood sugar...monitor

Diabetes-filter: Which continuous glucose monitoring system is best? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 on Sep 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Anti-social cat, help w/insulin regimen/travel/sociability?

Anti-social cat that needs twice-daily insulin shots and oral meds; solutions for travel? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Aug 31, 2008 - 16 answers

The Eyes Have It.

Why do diabetics intermittently get little swaths of redness at the outside corners of the eye? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

help me live my life

Can you give me your tips, tricks and valuable information for living with type one diabetes? [more inside]
posted by bobber on Aug 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Should we have our baby induced?

What are the reasons for and against inducing childbirth in cases of gestational diabetes? [more inside]
posted by faustessa on Jul 24, 2008 - 14 answers

Can frequent periods of low blood sugar be a precursor to diabetes?

Can frequent periods of low blood sugar be a precursor to diabetes? I know that diabetes is actually high blood sugar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2008 - 13 answers

Is my shoulder frozen forever?

Will my frozen shoulder ever stop hurting? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Jun 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Diabetic cat care

How do I best care for my cat after a hypoglycemic reaction until I can get him to the vet? [more inside]
posted by Stacey on May 17, 2008 - 1 answer

Help, I need motivation to lose weight.

I'm fat and diabetic. My first year after diagnosis I lost 50 lbs and stuck to my diet. How do I stick to it for the long term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2008 - 20 answers

I hate needles. Please help me avoid them a while longer.

So I've been diagnosed as prediabetic. What now? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on Apr 23, 2008 - 21 answers

Mom diagnosed with MRSA & has complications?

Long story, starting with a diabetic having an infected kidney removed, ending with MRSA. [more inside]
posted by phox on Apr 10, 2008 - 6 answers

I'd like to eat more than cheese and butter.

Insulin Resistance Filter: I've just been put on metformin. What next? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles on Feb 25, 2008 - 15 answers

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My dog may have the beetus. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone on Feb 22, 2008 - 7 answers

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