September 2016 eNewsletter

September 2016 eNewsletter

 September 2016 NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 96                        Sponsored by: 
Dear Sister , 

Last month, our staff and volunteers traveled to San Diego to attend the 2016 American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting.  I'd like to thank Sarah, Heather, Aimee, Erika, Cindy, and Karen for their hard work during this time. Each spent hours at the DiabetesSisters booth, speaking to educators and patient advocates about the programs and services we provide. It was an eye-opening experience to many to learn of the impact our organization has on patients and educators alike. See photos below of our time in San Diego, and be sure to read Sarah's recap!

As we begin our journey into Fall, I hope you will take time to appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons and take a look at our favorite diabetes books (right sidebar) to help you settle into the cooler weather. Also, Jennifer Smith will be leading our next webinar on September 21, so be sure to register via the link below.
Finally, I'd like to thank YOU - our member - for the support you have been providing as we near the end of our $30,000 challenge grant. We are NEARLY at our goal, and your gift, regardless of amount, can make a HUGE impact in the lives of women with diabetes. Our generous donor will match every dollar raised until September 30th, so please consider making a contribution today.
Until next month,
In Sisterhood,
Anna Norton, MS
23 Triumphant (NOT Perfect!) Years THRIVING with Diabetes

Get Ahead of the Holidays: 
Tips for Making it Easier
Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE
Settle back in your own time and enjoy a "tip-filled" hour of information to help make management a bit easier.  Fall begins soon and tends to be a time of year things can start to "go south" due to so many holidays one after another. This webinar is packed with great tips to give an idea of how to stay on top of management and still enjoy the fall/winter holiday fun!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
4:00-4:30 pm EST 

All registered attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a copy of 

Gary Scheiner's book Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in 
Diabetes Self-Care. 



By Guest Contributor
Bonnie Goldberg, MA, RD, CDE
This post is sponsored by
Do you think of insulin pumps as a device just for people living with type 1 diabetes? It's a common misconception! However, more and more research is demonstrating that people living with type 2 diabetes on multiple daily injections of insulin can benefit significantly from switching to an insulin pump. And, it's not complicated and could even simplify your diabetes regimen.
In March 2016, the 12-month results of the OpT2mise Trial1 were released. The OpT2mise Trial was the largest global study to evaluate and compare insulin pump therapy versus multiple daily insulin injections (MDI) for people living with type 2 diabetes. OpT2mise found that MiniMed® insulin pumps can help people living with type 2 diabetes achieve better glucose control than those on multiple daily injections. Learn more about the OpT2mise Trial by clicking here.

There are three primary takeaways to remember from the study:
  • Glucose control was significantly improved for patients using pump therapy; patients achieved a 1.2% reduction in A1C.
  • Clinical benefits achieved by pump therapy are reproducible. Two different study groups achieved the same reduction in A1C.
  • Glucose control with pump therapy is sustainable in the long term. Study participants had an additional 0.1% reduction in A1C in the second half of the study.
One of the most striking aspects of this study was that the people living with type 2 diabetes who participated followed a very simple protocol for the pump therapy regimen. Some people living with type 2 diabetes consider insulin pumps to be very complicated and difficult to use. However, this study demonstrated that patients could achieve very good results and better glucose control on a MiniMed pump than on MDI by following a few simple guidelines.

AADE 2016: 
Last month, DiabetesSisters ventured to San Diego for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Annual Meeting. This meeting brought together more than 3,300 Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs), Diabetes Advocates, and patients for a three day conference where DiabetesSisters showcased the organization. We are grateful to those who stopped by our booth to learn more about the organization and those who stopped by to thank us for the work we do for women living with diabetes.
We would like to thank Aimee Gallagher, Society for Women's Health Research, for joining us and helping showcase our latest report: 
Many attendees stopped by our booth to learn more about DiabetesSisters
DiabetesSisters (L-R): Erika Armani (PODS Leader, Denver), Harmeet Chhabra (Former PODS Leader, Boston Metro), Cindy Campaniello (PODS Leader, Rochester), Anna Norton (CEO), Heather Gabel (Program Assistant) and Sarah Mart (Director of Operations)  
Erika Armani, Cindy Campaniello, Heather Gabel, Karen Graffeo (Virtual PODS Leader), and Cherise Shockley (Leadership Institute speaker) celebrate at one of the evening events sponsored by Tandem.

DiabetesSisters has received a monetary gift from a generous donor but we need YOUR help to acquire the funds. For every dollar raised between now and Spetember 30, 2016, your gift will be matched up to $30,000.
Please help us reach our goal and continue to offer our online and in-person programs for women living with diabetes.


Communication is the building block for almost all other encounters we have in our lives.  It's how we get what we want, share what we feel, and connect to other people's experiences. In thinking about communicating as a person with diabetes, the same fundamental principles are present as with any other type of communication.  It just sometimes feels like there is more at stake, which can result in miscommunication and conflict.
Important things to keep in mind as an effective communicator:
1. A time and a place
Before starting any important conversation about your health, think critically about the best time and place to have this dialogue. Good times to avoid a conversation are: when there are distractions present (TV, work, computers, other people), when you or the other person are hungry (this is a must, hungry can easily turn into hangry), right before bed or when you are otherwise tired, and at times of high stress.  The key is to think through what might be good opportunities to have uninterrupted time to talk with limited distractions.  This is different across families, but for our family good times are often: long car trips/commutes, Saturday morning after breakfast or over brunch, earlier in the week as opposed to Thursdays/Fridays, and when these options aren't available, I tend to use email to set up a planned time to have a conversation.  This may seem ridiculous, but often just knowing that something is planned can let both people prepare and get into the "headspace" necessary for a lengthy conversation.





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Settle into Fall:
Our Favorite Reads
Our staff recently got together and discussed diabetes books that have helped us manage our diabetes better, both mentally and physically. We hope our list will be helpful and you'll add them to your library as well.
50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes
A Woman's Guide to Diabetes 
After the Diagnosis: Transcending Chronic Illness
Balancing Diabetes

The Complete Diabetes Organizer

Dealing with Diabetes Burnout

The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes & the Discovery of Insulin

The Physician Within

Pumping Insulin
Until There is a Cure
You Don't LOOK Sick: Living Well with Chronic Invisible Illness
Your Diabetes Science Experiment



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