Around the online diabetes community: August 2021

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As we wind down the summer months, our diabetes radar has heated up with all of the outstanding posts from the Online Diabetes Community (DOC). In no particular order, here are the posts that caught our attention during the month of August 2021:

Back to school has arrived and with it, concerns about the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of your level of education. We appreciate all available resources, from JDRF and College Diabetes Network to the American Diabetes Association Safe Schools Program, with great information to help you at any time of the school year.

Hot and humid summer weather has hit a lot of us in the United States, and it can impact blood sugar levels. Lawyer and actress Anita Nicole Brown on Instagram has a question for DOC on their own glucose experiences during these hot summer times… Go check that out and share yours.

The large annual association of specialists in diabetes care and education (ADCES) conference took place in mid-August, with thousands of diabetes experts, advocates and industry people tuned in to the organization’s second all-virtual event. Hundreds of meaningful presentations, research topics and themes were explored. You can review the streams of live tweets using the hashtag # ADCES21.

ICYMI, President Joe Biden spoke about insulin prices during a recent speech and personal meeting with one of our own diabetes advocates, who even had the opportunity to take control of the White House Flow on Twitter briefly in a recent day. DiabetesMine caught up with Colorado defenseman and longtime Type 1 Gail deVore after that conversational experience with President Biden in the Oval Office, and you can read his experience here.

You can’t miss the “The Art of Thriving With Diabetes, “ written by journalist and blogger Riva Greenberg, who has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over half a century. She shares an incredible insight in this Beyond Type 1 interview.

Everything is better with dogs, right? August 26 was International Dog Day, and we loved seeing it instagram photo of Beloved Diabetes Alert Dog Wolfie Helping His Mother With Low Blood Sugar!

What is the most important thing in diabetes advocacy? Renza Scibilia in Australia writes about this problem and the critical importance for event planners and hosts to bring in people with diabetes who are on the front line and living with this disease. As the mantra says, “Nothing about us without us.”

The football season has resumed, so that Diabetics Podcast episode with former NFL star Kendall simmons is still as timely. For those who don’t know his name, Simmons is the first player with T1D to win a Super Bowl ring. This is a great podcast with lots of diabetes topics, so don’t forget to listen to it!

Have you ever wanted to share your diabetes story, but you don’t know where to start? Well you’ll want to check this out great questions / answers with longtime D advocates Scott Johnson and Cherise Shockley discussing the top three tips for sharing your voice in this diaTribe chat.

In a poignant podcast episode of “The Soul of Diabetes,” Attorney Chelcie Rice chats with author Tonya Hegamin about diabetes in the black community and her D alert dog named Bobo. You can listen to this episode here.

Grainne Flynn’s Thrivabetes Video Series in Ireland this month featured a two-part interview with Ken Barclay, who was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 10 and is well known in the Dublin Adults with Type 1 Diabetes group, as well as in the DIYAPS Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems space, where it offers “endless support” to people who want to learn more. A big thank you #WeAreNotWaiting to Ken!


We share our favorites every month, and would love to include yours too! Please send us your D-post selections for the month of September by email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.

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