May 2018 eNewsletter

May 2018 eNewsletter

  May 2018, ISSUE 115                                 Sponsored by           
Dear DiabetesSister, 
I hope April's showers are bringing everyone beautiful May flowers. In Chicago, we are finally starting to see blooms and sunnier days.
This month, our PODS meetup groups are discussing exercise, and we are offering a free webinar on May 16 at 4pm est. See the link below to register and learn more about the relationship between diabetes and exercise. We are also providing a book excerpt from Christel Oerum's book, Fit With Diabetes - check it out!
We connected with our friends at Dexcom to learn more about the newly launched G6 continuous glucose monitor system, and later this month, I will be trialing it and offering you my insights on how the system works. I am excited to share with you in June!
Read about our PODS Meetup group in New York State. This group has been meeting for years with great results. If you are interested in attending a PODS Meetup or starting one in your area, please let us know. We can help connect you.
Until next month!
In Sisterhood,

Anna Norton, MS, CEO
24 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

Candid Discussions About Diabetes and Exercise with Rachel Zinman and Christel Oerum, hosted by Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN
Wednesday, May 16, 4pm EST

Do you find exercising with diabetes intimidating? Do you feel like you don't know how to get started with a fitness routine? Tune in for this FREE discussion on the common challenges of exercising with diabetes and learn how to manage those challenges. We will explore the ways that general fitness and yoga can help your diabetes management. You will also learn where to find the tools and support you need to be successful when exercising with diabetes.


We recently had a chance to chat with Kevin Sayer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dexcom, about the new Dexcom G6® CGM System, including questions from our PODS Leaders throughout the country.
What are the main differences between the G5 (current system) and the G6? The first visible difference to patients is that the G6 requires no calibration, without sacrificing the accuracy. Another exciting difference is that the entire form-factor has changed. There is a new automated inserter which allows the needle to be withdrawn within seconds! Also, the transmitter is smaller, so it will catch less on clothing and other things, giving a much better user experience. And last, but certainly not least, the G6 is approved for up to 10-day sensor wear.
What does "no finger-sticks" mean? We were pleased to learn that you do not have to enter a glucose value at all during the time one is wearing the sensor. 
Disclosure: Dexcom is a 2018 National Strategic Partner of DiabetesSisters.

Exercising with diabetes can be tricky. Different kinds of exercise can have different effects on the blood sugar. Christel Oerum, of DiabetesStrong, shares advice from an excerpt from her book, Fit with Diabetes.

There are two levers you can adjust when it comes to managing your blood sugar during and after cardio: 1. What you eat 2. Your blood sugar-regulating drugs (any drug that gets impacted by exercise such as insulin and Type 2 diabetes drugs like Amaryl and Prandin).

It's not always easy to figure out how to adjust those two levers, but there are some general guidelines available.

In January 2017, the first official consensus statement on exercise and type 1 diabetes was published in The Lancet. I've highlighted the main recommendations from the statement in the figure below. It contains the general guidelines for insulin and carb consumption for exercise lasting longer than 30 minutes.

As per the guidelines, there are several options for insulin reduction regardless of whether the cardio is done fasting or non-fasting. The idea is not that you have to implement all of the recommendations, but that they are options to play around with if you'd like. Given they all address how to reduce the risk of low blood sugar, they are mainly relevant for aerobic cardio.
Source : Exercise management in type 1 diabetes: a consensus statement: The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology 2017

Connie Hanham-Cain, RN, CDE met DiabetesSisters Founder Brandy Barnes at the American Association of Diabetes Educators conference in 2009 and attended the first DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conference in Raleigh, NC. In June 2010 she invited some colleagues with diabetes to join her in creating the first Part of DiabetesSisters (PODS) Meetup in the greater Albany, NY area. A small group of women with diabetes met at one of their homes. They were so excited and happy to make the connection with each other that they decided to meet two weeks later for dinner at a McDonald's. Their group activity that evening was reading and discussing the placemat menu with nutrition content listed for the various food items (carbs, calories, protein, fat, sodium) so they could make healthier selections that fit their individual plans.
After that, the women decided to have monthly PODS Meetups. Connie and Helen Morgan began as PODS leaders for the first several months, after which Katie Goot joined them as a third leader. The group doubled from the first 5 members to 6, and then 9 or 10 regular members. Gail Nurnberg joined them as a co-leader in 2015. And after giving birth to her son Alex, Katie recently began leading a second PODS Meetup in Clifton Park, NY.
As a CDE, Connie gives DiabetesSisters brochures and PODS Meetup info to each woman that she sees for diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) so they know DiabetesSisters is here for them, in person and/or online because "connecting with d-Sisters is energizing and awesome!"
PODS members say they like learning new things about diabetes and hearing tips from members about what has worked well for them, such as new food choices or a trick to solve a common insulin pump issue. The Albany-area PODS members love the camaraderie and support they feel from women who really "get it" about life with diabetes and its frustrations. They support each other through thick and thin. One member was on a waitlist for kidney donation for two years. When she received a kidney donation and had transplant surgery in February 2018 her d-Sisters celebrated with her - and continue to support her throughout her recovery.
In addition to official PODS Meetups, members sometimes get together for lunch or to attend a play or a movie. Several have attended the DiabetesSisters Weekend for Women conferences in past years. Katie says that she likes the DiabetesSisters conferences and the Partner Perspective track so her husband could attend and have his own focused education.


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* Have Type 2 diabetes

*Live in CA, FL, IL, NJ, NY, NC or TX

*Identify as African-American, Latino, or Asian

* Are 18+



Source: AADE

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