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The Dramatic Story of Discovery Of Insulin

November 9, 2014
Diabetes Time Machine

Diabetes Time Machine

The traveling version of the exhibition Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin which chronicles the discovery of the world’s first miracle drug, the impact of this breakthrough, and the evolution of insulin production and diabetes patient care throughout the twentieth century was on display at the ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

The traveling exhibit sponsored by Lilly was part of the Divabetic Pavilion hosted by happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic.

This year marked Divabetic’s eighth consecutive appearance at the ADA Expo in Pittsburgh.  To celebrate Mr. Divabetic presented the  explosive new Diabetes Stage Show, the Diabetes Time Machine.  The program featured  “Diabetes Time Travelers” includes healthcare professionals (Lorraine Starsky RN, BSN, Jan Koshinsky RN, MS,  CDE, Connie Frazier RD, LDN, CDE, Lori Bednarz MSN, CDE, Sue Cleveland MS, RD) and Mama Rose Marie.

Nine famous ‘Divabetics’ helped to bring to life the dazzling history of diabetes including Cleopatra, writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, movie star, Mae West, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, TV icon, Mary Tyler Moore, entertainer Miss Piggy,  R & B legend, Patti Labelle,  LPGA professional golfer Michelle McGan and Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor.

“The goals of our stage show productions are to take traditional diabetes education out of the clinical setting, address taboo subjects (such as sexual health and depression) as well as highlight important information in an entertaining way,” says Mr. Divabetic.  “Teri Seidman, Associate Director at ADA helps to bring my ideas to life!”

Whether or not you are aware of the history of diabetes including the discoveries or innovators responsible for many of today’s treatment advances, these forces have had a hand in shaping your daily self-care practices. The knowledge you gain from this presentation can help you to appreciate the methods and treatments available today and hopefully motivate you to take advantage of them!

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Discovery of Insulin on Display at ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA

October 7, 2014

banting and bestThe happy healthcare, Mr. Divabetic presents the Diabetes Time Machine  stage show featuring the history of diabetes at the ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  From the origins of its discovery to the dramatic breakthrough in its treatments, this dazzling retelling of the history of diabetes is sure to educate, enlighten and entertain you.

The traveling exhibition, Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery Of Insulin will also be on display on the ADA Expo floor in conjunction with Divabetic’s newest stage show. This traveling exhibition chronicles the discovery of insulin, the impact of this breakthrough, and the evolution of insulin production and diabetes patient care throughout the twentieth century.

The discovery of insulin in 1921 marked the first great medical breakthrough of the twentieth century. Thanks to the scientists, physicians, and brave patients who participated in the earliest human insulin experiments, Diabetes mellitus was transformed almost overnight from a fatal disease to a chronic but manageable condition. A unique collaboration between the University of Toronto, Eli Lilly and Company, and the Joslin Diabetes Center brought treatment to millions of sufferers, empowering them to take control of their disease.

Diabetes mellitus, a serious disease resulting from the body’s inability to absorb carbohydrates, was first recognized by the Egyptians and the Romans. However, the causes and proper treatment of the disease eluded physicians for centuries thereafter. Following World War I, a doctor named Frederick Allen developed a “starvation diet” for patients with diabetes, keeping them alive by cutting their caloric intake. Dr. Elliott P. Joslin, a Boston clinician who began the first diabetes registry, endorsed the Allen diet. Together, these two men represented the most influential physicians of the pre-discovery period.

Then in 1920, Frederick Banting, a young Canadian physician with an interest in diabetes, developed a revolutionary hypothesis involving the ligation of the pancreatic ducts of dogs. To facilitate his research, Dr. John J.R. Macleod, head of the physiology department at the University of Toronto, provided Banting with lab space, experimental animals, and an assistant named Charles Best. Once Banting and Macleod had isolated a pancreatic extract that seemed to regulate carbohydrate digestion, Macleod assigned biochemist James B. Collip to assist in its production. Rocky from the onset, relations between Banting, Best, Collip, and Macleod deteriorated under the pressure of their imminent breakthrough. By the time the success of insulin had been confirmed and the Nobel prize was awarded in 1923, the four men were barely speaking.

Doctors everywhere pleaded with the Toronto team to accept their dying patients in clinical trials and studies. But difficulties with mass production meant that only the worst-off cases were admitted. Elizabeth Hughes, daughter of Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, was placed under Banting’s care only after her mother begged persistently. Nearly all of these initial patients made rapid and remarkable recoveries. An articulate writer, Elizabeth documented the ups and downs of her treatment and her self-actualization as she learned to administer her own insulin injections and manage her own care.

In the immediate post-discovery period, it seemed as though the production of insulin might be too expensive to meet the needs of the general population. The Connaught Laboratories at the University of Toronto were unable to produce sufficient high-quality insulin to sustain even Banting’s demand. George Clowes, head of research at Eli Lilly and Company, approached Macleod about the possibility of commercial production. By entering into the first formal contract between a university and a pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and the University of Toronto assured the universal availability of insulin. As the sole licensed American distributor and manufacturer of the drug, Lilly continued to improve the product and supply test-papers and other devices for measuring glucose absorption. Elliott Joslin, the founder of the Joslin Diabetes Center and third partner in this insulin collaboration, was instrumental in educating patients about insulin therapy. Joslin recognized that insulin alone was insufficient to curb diabetes and had to be supplemented by a restricted diet and regular exercise, however frustrating this lifestyle might be for patients.

Whether or not you are aware of the history of diabetes including the discoveries or innovators responsible for many of today’s treatment advances, these forces have had a hand in shaping your daily self-care practices. The knowledge you gain from this presentation can help you to appreciate the methods and treatments available today and hopefully motivate you to take advantage of them!

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 – 4 PM

Diabetes Time Machine at the American Diabetes Association Expo

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Elliott P. Joslin, MD by Dr. Beverly S. Adler

October 2, 2014

Diabetes Time Machine

October’s  Diabetes Late Nite podcast guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler  akaDr. Bev”shares this short biography of Elliott P. Joslin, MD – the pioneering doctor who,  in 1918, specialized in treating patients with diabetes.

Elliott Proctor Joslin, MD (1869-1962) was the first doctor in the United States to specialize in diabetes and is considered the pioneer in diabetes. In 1918, he published the Diabetic Manual—for the Doctor and Patient. This was the first diabetes patient handbook, and it detailed how the patient could take control of the disease. The significance of this book cannot be overemphasized; educating patients about diabetes was the first step toward people feeling empowered instead of victimized by the disease.

Insulin was discovered in 1922. Joslin believed insulin was a tool–not a cure. One distinctive characteristic of Joslin’s approach was his belief in the “troika,” the Russian word meaning threesome. Joslin created a three-horse chariot to reflect his philosophy of living with diabetes—the three-horse motif symbolized insulin, diet and exercise, which are needed to achieve “victory” over diabetes. Joslin’s unique approach gave people with diabetes the responsibility for their own care.

In addition to putting the patient front and center, Dr. Joslin expanded the role of nurses after the discovery of insulin. The “wandering nurses” would go out into the community to educate diabetes patients about diet, exercise, foot care, and insulin. These nurses were the forerunners of today’s Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs).

In 1956, Joslin founded the world’s first diabetes care facility. Today, the Joslin Diabetes Center, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the premier diabetes research and treatment center in the world. Their mission is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes.

In 1993, the results of the 10-year Diabetes Control and Complications Trial confirmed Joslin’s belief that tight control was the key to successful diabetes management.  To honor Dr. Joslin’s foresight, buttons were produced for the Joslin Clinic patients and staff that read “I Told You So.”

Elliott Joslin revolutionized long-term care of diabetes by being the first to advocate for teaching patients to care for their own diabetes. He is credited with saying: “The patient who knows the most, lives longest.”He emphasized strict blood glucose control and advocated the three-pronged management plan of diet, exercise, and insulin.  Dr. Joslin was truly a pioneering supporter of empowering people with diabetes. 

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Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Theater, Pt.

September 18, 2014
Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio

Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio

Here’s part six (and final part) of the script for Divabetic’s Diabetes Late Night Mystery Theater podcast starring Mr. Divabetic, Mama Rose Marie, Jennifer Martsolf from Trigg Laboratories, USA Today Best-Selling Author Tonya Kappes, author of the novel ‘GOOD LIKE THIS’ Peter Arpesella, Leisa Chester Weir, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach (Neva White CDE, and Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDE) and  Lorraine Brooks. Listen to the podcast for free on demand at divabetic.orgblog talk radio and/or i-Tunes. Enjoy:

Narrator: Thank goodness that is over, and everyone is safe!  No one really suspected sweet Mama Rose Marie of being a two-faced killer. Yet who could believe that a master of disguise would pretend to be her in order to frame Mr. Divabetic of murder!!!.Thankfully our quick-witted host is just as quick on his feet!*

Randolph, Randolph

Oh, for shame!

But you won’t kill DIVABETIC!

We’ve now exposed your evil game…

You’re nothing but pathetic!!

MAX: Wow, I always knew my cardio kick boxing classes at New York Sports Club would come in handy one day – Tonya!

TONYA: I’m not so sure about that but I will say that Jennifer’s tube of lube, sure did help.

JENNIFER: I always say every girl should carry some Platinum lube. But in this case. it was a lifesaver. It helped make our hands slippery so we could untie them without Randolph noticing.

TONYA: Yeah, once Max let out that scream like Miss Piggy. We made our move.  Randolph lost his focus and Neva, Patricia, Jennifer and I were able to wrestle him to the ground

NEVA: Then, Jennifer squirted some lube on his gun so it slipped out of his hands just as the police arrived

PATRICIA: We certainly lived up to our name, the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach! Fighting for justice.

NEVA: One of all and all for one. GLAM MORE FEAR LESS

TONYA: I hope they don’t mind that the gun is covered in lube.

JENNIFER: It’s fine.  The police are big fans of our product.  Everyone uses it.

MAX:  Tonya, you were one step ahead of everybody. You knew something was up with my Mom. That’s why you asked me to trick her into thinking Neva was hosting the podcast. Did you know the whole time that it was Randolph?

TONYA: Honestly, I had no idea!

MAX: He has a screw loose but he got one thing right.

TONYA: How so?

MAX: The pharmaceutical approach to stopping diabetes isn’t doing enough when compared with the overwhelming health statistics that we’re all fighting, it’s like David and Goliath

NEVA: And Goliath is winning, big time!

PATRICIA: It’s ridiculous. There’s so much money being spent on phony cures like Cure Sugar Now.

Neva: We need to shift the focus away from ‘miracle’ cures to empowering people with diabetes to feel more confident in their ability to manage their self-care like we do at Divabetic. On this podcast and at our monthly meetings.  Until there really is a cure

TONYA: So …  if people with diabetes don’t feel empowered then they fall for scams and phonies like Randolph Kincaid and products like Cure Sugar Now

MAX: See, right there’s where we lose the battle! We can’t treat people with diabetes like they are an afterthought

PATRICIA: We need to keep empowering patients to take charge of their health

JENNIFER: But what can you do? Especially if you’re fighting against those odds?

MAX: Jennifer, there’s only one thing we can do and that’s to go on with the show!

Narrator: Well that was certainly an interesting evening at Divabetic Studios!  Randolph was arrested and taken to jail, but he wasn’t charged with murder, but with fraud, for selling his useless dietary supplement SugarCure.  The autopsy report revealed that Loretta Goner didn’t die from the knife wound to her back, but she had a heart attack from taking too many supplements! Randolph Kincaid stabbed her as she was experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack.  Let this be a lesson to you, my listeners, to talk to your doctor before you decide to add any supplements and/or over the counter products to your daily self-care regime. I’m also happy to announce that the real Mama Rose Marie is safe and sound. She was out of town during this whole ordeal at her 50 year Mercyhurst college reunion. She’s now home curled up reading the newest Charming Crime novel by author, Tonya Kappes.

 Mr Divabetic and I would like to thank our sponsors: Dr. Greenfield’s Diabetic Friendly foot and hand creams, Cabot Cheese and Nu Naturals for their ongoing support and SONY MUSIC for giving us permission to play songs from the award winning Pink Panther album by Henry Mancini.   We all hope you enjoyed tonight’s special edition of Diabetes Late Nite – and remember – GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS!!!*


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ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert Has Built-in Insulin Calculator

September 17, 2014
Divabetic Product Reviews

Divabetic Product Reviews

Since our Divabetic community members already love the  ACCU-CHEK FastClix lancing device because it’s so easy to use and less painful so much, we decided to check to the new Roche ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert which claims you can enjoy a meal without worrying about the math!

Roche’s ACCU-CHEK® Aviva Expert system is the first and only blood glucose meter system with a built-in insulin calculator to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This device represents a significant advancement in blood glucose meter technology for people with diabetes who take multiple daily insulin injections. The meter’s integrated bolus calculator provides easy-to-use and reliable dose recommendationsbased on automated calculations, eliminating the need for manual dosing calculations.

HOW IT WORKS: The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert meter calculates an insulin dose and/or carbohydrate intake based on user-entered data. The ACCU-CHEK Bolus Advisor, as a component of the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert meter provides insulin dose recommendations in response to blood glucose, health events, and carbohydrate input. The ACCU-CHEK Bolus Advisor provides insulin adjustment guidelines within the scope of a pre-planned treatment program from a healthcare professional. Before patient use, a healthcare professional must prescribe the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert system and provide the patient-specific target blood glucose, insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio, and insulin sensitivity parameters to be programmed into the ACCU-CHEK Bolus Advisor.

A survey of ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert users found that 79% reported increased confidence with insulin dose calculation, and 52% reported a reduced fear of hypoglycemia.

“The availability of the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert system marks an important, game-changing milestone in diabetes self-management by making the process of calculating insulin dosage easier and less susceptible to error,” said Dr. Bruce W. Bode, a clinical associate professor with Atlanta Diabetes Associates in Atlanta, GA. “One of the biggest barriers to optimal self-management is the ability to calculate bolus doses. My hope is that the device will become the standard of care for patients on multiple daily insulin injection therapy due to the simplicity of the built-in bolus calculator.”

The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert provides peace of mind for many people with type 1 diabetes.  They to feel confident that theyinjected the correct dose of insulin due to the ease of using the bolus calculator vs. making the calculations himself

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Meet the New Diabetes Innovators with Mr. Divabetic

August 29, 2014
Mr. Divabetic Show

Mr. Divabetic Show

Mr. Divabetic hosts the new  creative minds and brightest stars in diabetes and health and wellness. Meet the makers of the mobile apps, ‘HelpAround ‘and ‘mySugr,’ the co-founder of Jerry the Bear and the author of a “divabetic” inspired mystery series. Guests inlcude Scott Johnson, Tyora Moody and Aaron Horowitz.

HelpAround is a mobile safety net for people with diabetes. When you post a request on HelpAround, the app searches for “helpers” in their Diabetes Safety Net. HelpAround identifies people with the highest chances of being able to help you, notifies them, and invites them to respond.

mySugr is a mobile app that has a similar purpose as a diabetes logbook. It provides immediate feedback and helps you stay motivated. You win points for every entry made which help tame your diabetes monster. The goal is to tame your monster every day. Challenges are available to help you set and attain personal goals.

Jerry the Bear is a best friend for children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He helps kids master their medical procedures, from counting carbs to monitoring their blood sugar levels – all through play!

Tyora Moody is an author and literary entrepreneur of Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. Eugeena Patterson is a newly retired, recently widowed, empty nester who  was recently diagnosed with diabetes. When this self-proclaimed “divabetic” isn’t managing her blood sugars she’s solving murders as an amateur sleuth who lives in Charleston, SC.

Divabetic is a national diabetes nonprofit organization with a mission to empower people to manage their diabetes with confidence, knowledge and inspiration. Join Divabetic’s growing Facebook community.

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Diabetes Innovators Podcast features Help Around

August 23, 2014
Mr. Divabetic Show

Mr. Divabetic Show

What do you do when you’re at a Miranda Lambert concert  and you discover that  you forgot your diabetes supplies? Do you leave the event? Risk your health? Or look for help around?

Introducing the HelpAround mobile app. HelpAround is the first ‘mobile safety net’ for people with diabetes (PWD), and their friends, family and caregivers, revealing local, empathetic members of the diabetes patient community to provide a new layer of support.

Mr. Divabetic will be talking to the creative minds behind HelpAround on the Mr. Divabetic Show scheduled for Tuesday, August 26, 6 -7 PM, EST  TUNE INMr. Divabetic Show podcast on Diabetes Innovators featuring Help Around, mySugr mobile apps, Jerry the Bear and Eugeena Patterson Mysteries

HelpAround was developed by Yishai Knobel after hearing how his friend forget his son’s diabetes supplies at  a hockey game.  The friend came to Yishai to develop his idea, because of Yishai’s extensive background in the diabetes device industry.

Keep in mind, HelpAround isn’t meant to replace emergency room or doctor’s office visits, but as the first ‘sharing economy’ service for consumer health, it helps alleviate the feelings of extreme loneliness many members of the PWD community feel by giving them the tools to care for one another.

Why you might want to consider using HelpAround:

First ‘Mobile Safety Net’ for People with Diabetes – helps resolve sudden health crises faced frequently by People with Diabetes and their friends, families and caregivers, like getting caught in public without essential supplies like blood glucose test strips – by revealing fellow PWD nearby, who can help

Improving Peer-to-Peer Support –personalized to users’ health needs and location, HelpAround’s community helps crowdsource the best healthcare services, insurance plans, doctors, pharmacies and retail opportunities nearby; a vital upgrade to the static content from outdated online forums – nearly impossible to read on mobile devices, and in-person support groups, which lack the comforting anonymity of a virtual medium

First ‘Sharing Economy’ Service for Consumer Health –  gives patient communities an important, new collaboration tool; users care for each other by providing over-the-counter supplies in times of need, physical aid when one feels too weak to self-treat without assistance, and emotional support when healthcare crises catch them off guard

Identity Based Groups – like Type 2 Diabetes, Moms of Children with Diabetes and Teens with Diabetes help users direct their questions and help offers inside HelpAround to the right place

Partnering with Existing Patient Communities – HelpAround welcomes existing local and regional patient communities looking to expand their mobile presence, including diabetes camps and university groups, as well as nonprofit organizations and online communities to create groups inside its platform.  An example is, one of the largest Spanish-speaking diabetes patient communities, which has a group inside

HelpAround is available from both iTunes and Google Play.  For more information, visit

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“How I Met my Meter” by Taryn Bentaous

July 21, 2014

DIVA44.001July’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast features a segment with the Digital Divas (Taryn and Jessica) titled, “How I Met My Meter.” If you have diabetes the relationship you have with your blood glucose meter is very important.

Checking your blood sugar is one of the best ways to know how well your diabetes treatment plan is working. The main goal of treatment is to keep blood sugar levels in the normal or near-normal range.

Here’s Taryn’s story on how she met her current blood glucose meter:

“Since I started using insulin six months ago, I have started testing my blood sugar on average 8 times a day. To me, checking my blood sugar is as banal as brushing my teeth, and although it can be annoying I won’t complain. I just do it as part of my self-care routine and I can’t imagine not being able to check my blood sugar at any moment.  I even have separation anxiety if I run out of test strips or need to charge my meter. I can’t stand not being able to check, because my imagination runs wild at these times.  Most of the time, my meter reassures me that everything is ok, and that I’m not doing as badly as I had suspected. Of course, there have been times when I wanted to throw it across the room, but that’s another story. Most people with Diabetes have a love-hate relationship with their meter, but we can’t live without it. We use it multiple times a day without blinking an eye. For me, this wasn’t always the case.

It was the fall of 2011 when I was diagnosed, the day before Halloween. Yes, that seemed like a cruel joke at the time. I remember my first meter very well. It came in a plain, black case that made me feel like an old, sick person. I remember sitting at the kitchen table crying because I just couldn’t do it. My hands were shaking, and I couldn’t bring myself to push the button to make the finger prick. Looking back, this seems almost silly, but at the time it was a real struggle. I didn’t think that I could get past it, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to test and therefore not take care of my Diabetes. Fortunately, after that first week, it became easier. It is now a habit that is like second nature for me. I test everywhere and anywhere. I am no longer afraid of needles, and thankful for that. It really is amazing what we can get used to doing when we don’t have a choice.

Since I bring my meter everywhere with me, I decided that the boring black case was just too depressing. It made me feel old and sick when I looked at it. Well, that just wouldn’t do. For the past two years, I’ve been carrying my meter in a brightly colored cosmetic case and that has made such a difference. It is no longer a reminder of my sickness, but rather a celebration of how I am taking care of myself and trying to enjoy the process.”

The results of blood sugar checking tell you if your diabetes treatments are on target. However, blood sugar results can be affected by activity levels, foods eaten, and medications (including insulin and oral diabetes medications). To interpret results, it is important to consider all of these factors.

You should review your blood sugar results regularly with a healthcare provider. The record should include the time and date, blood glucose result, and dose of medication used; additional notes about what you ate, exercise, and difficulties with illness or stress can also be helpful but are not generally required every day.

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Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Died

July 17, 2014
Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch

The brash Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch died earlier today and what a ‘Divabetic’ she was!!!

She recently starred  in an amazing documentary that looks at her life as she ages with type 1 diabetes on and off the stage called, ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.’

“There’s no reason to stop living. You just have to treat it, keep your blood sugar as normal as possible,” said Elaine Stritch,

Elaine Stritch was diagnosed in her 40s, at the height of her Broadway career. “I showed all the symptoms,” Stritch recalled. “[I was] losing weight, which I loved. My figure was in great shape for a while—then I got too thin. I got all the good parts. But my husband was exhausted from my diabetes.” Stritch’s late husband, actor and playwright John Bay, helped her manage her health, she said. “When I had John, I had no worries about anything. Because he was the love of my life and he took care of me.” And once she got in the swing of treating her diabetes with insulin injections, she says, there was “no reason to stop living. You just have to treat it, keep your blood sugar as normal as possible.”

In recent years, Stritch’s care was state of the art—she used a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, a useful tool for predicting lows, but sometimes the alarm didn’t wake her as her glucose falls. Like hair and makeup, regular blood glucose checks were part of her preshow preparation. In fact, she could only remember only one instance when she had a severe low on stage: She was performing her Tony-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Her blood glucose was in the safe range before the curtain went up, but as she delivered her first line—”As the prostitute once said, ‘It’s not the work, it’s the stairs’ ”—she knew she had gone low.

“I walked down to the apron of the stage and said, ‘I don’t feel good. I thought you oughta be the first to know,’ ” she said. “They laughed again. I still had the humor. But I was fading away. I said, ‘I really have to get off stage and see if I can do something about this.’ “

Stritch was able to get backstage and drink some juice to bring her blood glucose level up. Shirley MacLaine was in the audience that night, she remembers, and helped keep the crowd from getting too restless before Stritch returned to the stage half an hour later. “I was so proud of that audience,” she said.

Elaine Stritch said diet, exercise, frequent testing, and insulin therapy (she uses pens)  helped her keep her diabetes in check. When the weather was nice, she would take walks with friends. She still had her signature great legs—”And I didn’t need 78-inch heels to get a look from a guy,” she quipped. She didn’t perform as often, but occasionally would still appear in her cabaret act, Elaine Stritch: At Home at the Carlyle.

Always, she said, diabetes care must be at the forefront. “It has to be a 24-hour job,” she says. “I don’t care if you broke both legs. It’s your whole life—behavior and results.”

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Tracy Morgan: Diabetes, Car Crashes and ICU

June 10, 2014

40825_proTracy Morgan remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital,” said Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay.

Tracy Morgan  was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996 and received a kidney transplant in 2010.

Patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus are frequently admitted to a hospital, usually for treatment of conditions other than the diabetes.  The main goals in patients with diabetes needing hospitalization are to minimize disruption of the metabolic state, prevent an untoward result, and return the patient to a stable glycemic balance as quickly as possible. These goals are not always easy to achieve.

The stress of the acute illness tends to raise blood glucose concentrations but the anorexia that often accompanies illness or the need for fasting before a procedure tends to do the opposite. Because the net effect of these countervailing forces is not easily predictable in a given patient, the target blood glucose concentration is usually higher than when the patient is stable.

“He sustained these injuries (broken nose, broken ribs) in an accident as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware.

“His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available.”

Morgan said he experienced a wake-up call when his diabetes made him very sick during the taping of the first season of the NBC comedy. In a 2009 Time magazine article, Morgan said he almost had his foot amputated.

I feel fortunate to have the disease but not have it affect me, he said. My first season on ’30 Rock,’ I wasn’t taking the disease seriously. Then one day I got really sick. The doctor was like, ‘Hey, listen, we may have to take your foot.’ That was it for me. Now I take my insulin every day. My blood sugar doesn’t get over 120.”

Never one to shy away from telling a good story, Morgan appeared in character on 30 Rock, at the center of a satirical bit meant to highlight the disconnect in educating the country’s African American population about the disease.

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