Blog Entries With Tag: Type 2 Diabetes


Posted: Aug 27, 2009

Earlier this summer I had the good fortune to be a presenter at a conference on the use of Social Media in medical marketing and education.    Two of the most interesting folks presenting there were bloggers from the diabetes community, Kerri Morrone Sparling of and Manny Hernandez of .  What really struck me was how they both took a challenging chronic condition, Type1 Diabetes, and turned it into a platform for health advocacy.   

As a result both have become leaders for progress in this field, challenging both technological progress and social sterotypes.    They're not only well-spoken, they're funny and fun.    They have a rich social life as a result.    While I went to my hotel room to answer e-mail and Skype my family, they went out to a hip restaurant with a group of online friends from Philadelphia.    They were all meeting face to face for the first time but had bonded based on mutual support and advocacy.

Since studies have shown that people dealing with a chronic condition like diabetes can become isolated, I think there's a lot to learn from Kerri and Manny. Anyone with a diabetes (or any chronic condition) can enrich their network, although it can take some work at first.

Here are a few of their insights:

The Big Picture:

On Advocacy:

On Why People with Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes share common goals:

Next Post - Great insights from an emerging blog voice (Kerri & Manny, here comes GK...!)

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Nitrates/Nitrites in Alzheimer's and Diabetes
Posted: Jul 23, 2009

There has been mounting evidence over the last five years that there is a connection between Alzheimer's and type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance.  Researchers continue to figure out the details.

A July 16, 2009 article in Diabetes Health discussed other potential connections with Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes including nitrates, nitrites and nitrosamines which are found in cured and preserved food, beer, fertlizers, pesticides and the manufacture of rubber products.  Examples of cured food which are already known to exacerbate if not cause migraine headaches are:  bacon, sausage, salami, some types of cheese, etc.

According to the article, "When nitrites combine with other nitrites or proteins, they become nitrosamines, which are highly reactive at the cellular level, altering gene expression or causing damage to DNA. One of the bases of nitrosamines is sodium nitrate, a chemical added to meat and fish to assist with a range of tasks, including preservation, color and flavor enhancement, and the prevention of toxins.

The high temperatures involved in frying or flame broiling generate nitrosamines from sodium nitrate, and the researchers think that they create changes in the cells that are much the same as the alterations that occur in aging or diabetes."

Also of note is that "nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds that can be highly carcinogenic at high levels."

Though I can't imagine cutting bacon out of my diet ... what's better than good, crunchy bacon on Sunday morning?  We all might be well-advised to moderate intake of such food and consider on a weekly basis "gee, what did I eat and how good or bad was it for me"?  Did I eat 10% bad food or 75% bad food?  Was it worth it? 

I'm also not someone who can afford organic food but if fertilizer is a primary source of these chemicals, the more I harvest from my own chemical free garden the better.  It makes me wish it were a larger garden and that I had a larger deep freezer! 

The technical source of this article is:  was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Volume 17:3 July 2009).  

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