December 2016 e-Newsletter

December 2016 e-Newsletter


 December 2016 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 99                        Sponsored by: 
Dear DiabetesSister, 
This December, I reflect on the many adventures of DiabetesSisters and my first full year as CEO of this amazing organization. My list of successes is long and winded, and I am incredibly thankful for our members, dedicated PODS Leaders, Board of Directors, industry partners, talented faculty and engaged followers on social media. 

This year, DiabetesSisters has brought countless hours of education and support to women living with diabetes. From webinars to blogs posts, leadership trainings to in-person meetings, ours is an organization that continuously grows and meets the ever-changing needs of life with diabetes. We've grown existing programs and launched new ones, always keeping your needs at the forefront of our strategic thinking. We've challenged you to support DiabetesSisters - and you generously have! We've delved into the world of research, asking your most pertinent questions to relay them to healthcare providers. We've engaged new partners to continue to drive our mission forward.

As the year closes, I hope you will reflect upon the greatest successes of your year, and begin making plans to exceed them in 2017.

At DiabetesSisters, we already have projects in the works for the coming year - and we will share some of those next month. Until then, from my family to yours: happy holidays!

Until 2017,
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS (and family)
23 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes


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By Katie Crupi-Sullivan, RD, CDE

Katie Crupi-Sullivan is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Medtronic Diabetes Clinical Manager for Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She dedicates her professional career to helping people with diabetes have a better understanding of how food affects diabetes control. She loves to educate people about advanced pump features and continuous glucose monitoring to improve diabetes management.

People often wonder if they should count their net carbohydrates or total carbohydrates, which appear on some food labels. Medtronic Diabetes Clinical Manager for Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Katie Crupi-Sullivan, RD, CDE, tackles net carbs, and the advice she gives her patients with diabetes.

Net carbs or total carbs: "I'm confused"
One of my patients recently asked me about a low-carb bar her mom had purchased for her to use as a quick snack. She wanted to know, "What is the deal with net carbs?" Net carbs was a phrase coined by the food industry when low carb diets became popular about a decade ago, and doesn't have a formal definition. It's not a term recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or American Diabetes Association (ADA). Net carbs usually subtract fiber, sugar alcohols, and glycerin from the total carbohydrates. This can be misleading for anyone counting carbs and using insulin to carb ratio to bolus for food.


Along with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and TrustNetMD, we are gathering women's voices on questions, resources, and thoughts on relevant health topics for women and diabetes via a new website: DiabetesSistersVoices
We invite all women over the age of 18, living with all kinds of diabetes, to register to the site and begin conversations with other women on life with diabetes, share resources, and pose pressing questions about the future of healthcare as it relates to life with diabetes. These contributions will shape the future of research, to be published in a final report, and distributed to healthcare providers.

Your thoughts, questions, and resource sharing are integral to research on diabetes and women. Please register today at

Funding for this project was awarded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

DiabetesSisters has been awarded a Dexcom One Step Ahead Foundation in support of its signature PODS Meetup Program. The PODS Meetup Program offers monthly peer-support meetings to all women living with diabetes providing education, networking, and a non-judgment zone to discuss successes and challenges of living with diabetes.
The Dexcom One Step Ahead Foundation also awarded grants to four other diabetes organizations including: American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA), College Diabetes Network, Riding On Insulin, and Type-1-Today/Children with Diabetes (CWD). Each organization's programs aligns to the Foundation's focus on assisting people living with diabetes and their caregivers to better understand their medical condition, manage their diabetes more effectively, and live healthier lifestyles. The grants were awarded by the employee-funded philanthropy, launched by Dexcom employees dedicated to doing more for the diabetes community.

With the holidays approaching, please consider using this link for a portion of your sales to impact DiabetesSisters.




DiabetesSisters helps to connect women living with diabetes through peer support, education, and advocacy that improves their health and quality of life.  We invite you to be part of expanding that network of sisterhood and strength by joining our new Sister Strength Monthly Giving program.


Since 2008, your dollars have allowed us to continue to grow our signature programs such as the PODS Meetup program, which reaches over 1,200 women annually, as well as maintain our online programs such as this e-newsletter and our website, which hosts over 440,000 visitors each year. Programming in 2016 and beyond will continue with existing and new programs, but we desperately need your support.


Set up your monthly gift today: Together we will build a stronger future for women with diabetes!

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