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In the KNOW … Foods.

I was asked to review a box of KNOW foods, and I did that.  Forced to try waffles and muffins?  Twist my damn arm.

Actually, I didn’t do it alone, as the review process became a neighborhood taste-testing party.  We made a chart.  It was a thing.  Check out the review over at A Sweet Life!

The Friday Six: Sea Serpent of Doom.

I’m not going to complain about the weather.  Nope.  Not even a little bit, because eventually it will be so balls hot that the sidewalks melt and crumble into an oatmealish texture, so I am going to be quiet about the fact that we STILL HAVE THE HEAT ON and it’s mid-April.

It’s time for some link-sharing, because there’s lots of curious bits and pieces to read.

Sixty-three years with type 1 diabetes.

Charlie Kimball and his continuous glucose monitor make the news again.

Is being a night owl bad for your health?  (I hope not.)

I really like this Instagram account:  Beyond Type 1.

Adam Brown issues ten diet commandments for better diabetes management.

What are your plans for July?  If you haven’t attended the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference, this year would be a great year to get to know your extended diabetes family for the first time.  Or to reconnect.  Either way, your heart will thank you for it, even if your pancreas is still too lazy to even get out of bed.

In pursuit of closing the loop.

DHF Joins Diabetes Advocacy Alliance.

diaTribe takes a look at the Diabetes UnConference.

This stupid fucking headline made me want to throw my computer.  The JDRF UK’s response on Facebook was awesome, though.

Patrick Peterson discloses that he’s diabetic.”  Yes, I had to cut-and-paste that headline because I know zero about anything related to football.

Dexcom® Introduces Apps That Enable the First Ever Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) on the Apple Watch”  Well hot damn, Dexcom!

I had no idea the Brontosaurus was ever up for debate.

And last week, I did one of those “drink wine and paint something while carefully supervised” sorts of events.  It was fun.  I’ve never painted anything before (other than the walls of our house and a birdhouse one time), and I followed most of the instructions. Until I got bored.

We did a paint-and-drink-wine thing, with careful instructions from a local artist. I followed most of the directions.

A photo posted by Kerri Sparling (@sixuntilme) on

Happy weekend!!

CGM in the Cloud and All Over the Web.

diaTribe has posted a new column about CGM in the Cloud and the why (and why not) of clouding your Dexcom data, and thanks to a lot of input from people in the diabetes community, there are a dozen different perspectives.  Click over to diaTribe for a read.

And diaTribe isn’t the only site talking about CGM in the Cloud this week.

Why wait?  #WeAreNotWaiting.

Friday Six: Masterlab, TypeOneNation, and Jim Turner!

There used to be only six links, but I’ve made a mockery of that and now it’s a pig-pile of resources.  All clickable and informative, though, so dive right in!  –>

Jim Turner has always been on my list of “awwww, isn’t he charming?” and the fact that he has type 1 diabetes didn’t hurt that sentiment.  This week, Christopher Snider talked with Jim about diabetes and his journey as an actor on Just Talking.

“How do we educate the younger generation into a world of acceptance, responsibility, and a little less anger towards the uneducated and ignorant? How do we promote peace, understanding and use social media for good?”  Insightful post from Jess at T1DActiveLiving.

If you live near Austin, TX or are planning to be there the weekend of June 20th, join the JDRF for the TypeOneNation Texas event.  I’m excited to be on their list of speakers and am looking forward to visiting Austin again.

“The Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) this week announced the launch of the DTS Surveillance Program for Cleared Blood Glucose Monitors. This surveillance program will provide independent assessment of the performance of cleared blood glucose monitors following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance against accepted standards, and generate information that can assist patients, healthcare providers, and payers in making the right product selection.”  Bennet blogs about it here, and the DTS has a full update here.

A Sweet Life is hosting an excerpt of my book, Balancing Diabetes, on their website, focusing on Walking the Blood Sugar Tightrope (you know … that thing we do every single day?).  Insight from Dr. Shara Bialo, Dr. Sean Oser, and Dr. Jill Weissberg-Benchell make me so proud of this particular chapter.

Oh hell yes.

“The pride of my four year old daughter in her ability to aim her vomit was kind of heart-warming were it not for the fact that previously in the day, she’d thrown up all over me.”  New column up at dLife’s Generation D.

Are you a Boston-local and with some free time next Wednesday night?  Join me, and the crew at Glu, for a discussion about Dexcom and life with type 1 diabetes.  Details here.

“Acceptance means that I don’t have to like the fact that I need to make these decisions, but I can be kind to myself while doing them.”  Leeann’s guest post about diabetes and mental health, part of a series on the You Can Do This Project website.  Amazing stuff.

“Want to be a champion for effective diabetes policy? You’re in luck. The Diabetes Foundation will host the very first MasterLab, July 2, 2014 at Marriott’s Orlando World Center in Orlando, Florida!”  Learn more about the MasterLab program, and how you can become part of it, at the Diabetes Hands Foundation website.

Happy weekending!!

Cupcakes for PWD? Yes. No. MAYBE.

It’s not a matter of can, but more a matter of should.  I’ve written a column over at A Sweet Life about the cupcake conundrum:

“People with diabetes can eat anything,”  ”they” say.

Yes, yes they can.  They can physically bring a food item to their mouth and consume it.  This is true.  It’s not a matter of “can’t,” but “should.” 

“People with diabetes shouldn’t ever eat cupcakes,” the “other they” says. 

I have a hard time accepting absolutes.  The absolutes are what make me feel frustrated.   

“People with diabetes shouldn’t ever eat cupcakes, or have babies, or eat gluten, or lick wallpaper, or ride unicycles, or shimmy their shoulders sassily on airplanes.”  Or, “People with diabetes should always prick the side of their fingers – never the pad! – and CGM sensors can only be worn on the abdomen and if you’re not on an insulin pump, you aren’t trying hard enough.”

For the rest of the article, click on over to A Sweet Life for Sticking it to Diabetes.

Should people with diabetes eat cupcakes?  Yes.  No.  MAYBE.


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