Type 1 Diabetes Management: GPS for Your Blood Sugar

Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years, diagnosed in 1986.
She lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”
Diabetes Symptoms: 1. Always tired 2. Frequent urination 3. Sudden unexpected weight loss 4. Wounds that won’t health 5. Sexual problems 6. Always hungry 7. Blurry vision 8. Numbness or tingling hands or feet 9. Always thirsty 10. Recurring bladder, skin, gum or vaginal infections 11. Dry itching skin
See a physician if you experience all or most of those symptoms.
Diabetes is a demanding disease that requires day-to-day and hour-by-hour management.
Eating nutritious foods  is key to diabetics and non-diabetics in order to stay healthy.
Now, there is integrated technology to help millions of Americans living with diabetes better manage their disease.
Kerri Sparling, the author of one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs Six Until Me talks to MedCrunch about her experience.
Kerri has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 27 years.
Six Until Me is one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs. http://www.sixuntilme.com
Kerri is joined by diabetes management expert Dr. Korey Hood. Dr. Hood works closely with people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in clinical, research, and advocacy settings.
 Kerri and diabetes management expert Dr. Korey Hood discuss what this significant approval means for those living with insulin-dependent diabetes.
They discuss diabetes management, the benefits of insulin pump therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring technology, features of the pump and how it helps with blood glucose control, and the importance of choice for people living with diabetes

LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://bcove.me/b0pv0g2r

 The Animas® Vibe™ Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System for the management of insulin-requiring diabetes was developed by Animas Corporation. The Animas® Vibe™ System is approved for use for adults over 18 years of age.
As an integrated system, it allows patients to view glucose data and administer insulin right from the pump; simplifying and aiding their ability to make more informed decisions to fine tune insulin delivery and manage their diabetes. The Animas® Vibe™ System is intended to complement, not replace, information obtained from standard home glucose monitoring devices.
For more information, please visit www.animas.com
LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://bcove.me/b0pv0g2r
Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri’s work can be found at diaTribe, Animas, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF’s Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time  as a writer and consultant. Her first book, Balancing Diabetes, debuted in Spring 2014.
Korey K. Hood, PhD, works closely with people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in clinical, research, and advocacy settings. Dr. Hood’s academic position is at Stanford University School of Medicine where he directs NIH- and foundation-funded research projects and provides clinical care aimed at promoting health and quality of life outcomes. Much of this work focuses on building positive coping and problem-solving skills to prevent diabetes distress and depression, and increasing the uptake of diabetes technologies and social media. He is the chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group, has published over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and is passionate about finding a balance between diabetes management with technology and optimal quality of life for people with diabetes.
KERRI SPARLING, Diabetes Advocate and Blogger
DR. KOREY HOOD, Psychologist, Diabetes Expert & Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine

LINK TO INTERVIEW: http://bcove.me/b0pv0g2r

headshot1  Maria Dorfner is the founder of MedCrunch.

Rev Run & Wife Justine On Adult Diabetes

More than 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for diabetes, and it doubles for African-Americans.

Risk Factors for Adult Diabetes include:

1.  Age 45 or older

2.  Race/Ethnicity

3.  Diabetes in Family

4.  Lack of Physical Activity

5.  Being Overweight

6.  High Blood Pressure


Increased Thirst

Increased Need To Urinate

Blurry Vision

Recurring Skin, Gum, or Bladder Infections

Dry, Itchy Skin

Unexpected Weight Loss

Slow-Healing Cuts or Bruises

Tingling Feet or Hands

Loss of Feeling in Extremities 


It’s one of the reasons one of the most iconic figures in music is passionate about raising awareness about risk factors for adult diabetes.

Another reason is his father has it, which also places him at risk. His manager’s father also had it. Since 5,000 new people are diagnosed each day, he wants to make sure everyone gets screened.


Rev Run is not only a legend in Hip-Hop, front man for RUN DMC, selling tens of millions of records worldwide, but he is widely credited for ushering rap music into the mainstream culture.

He also starred in MTV’s “Run House,” co-authored several books and is a sought after DJ and speaker.

His latest venture is teaming with The Novo Nordisk Ask Screen Know Campaign to help people know if they are at risk and to share tips on making healthy changes at home.

He created a website called askscreenknow.com to raise awareness and help others take precautions just as he is doing. I asked him how he gets people to get screened.



“I tell people do it for the ones you love…I look in my children’s eyes and realize I can be neglecting my health and hurt everybody in my family.”

                              -Rev Run

Joining him is wife, Justine Simmons.  Justine is an accomplished author, jewelry designer on HSN, co-author of a best-selling book with her husband, philanthropist and loving wife and mom.

Justine also works with the Simmons family charity organization helping children with art resources.  She joins Rev Run in urging people to take a Risk Assessment Test.


She discusses how they keep their family healthy since they are at high risk for adult diabetes.


[On Men Being Afraid to Get Tested] “You hear about these men passing (away) and it could have been prevented.” -Justine Simmons


Learn More. Get Screened. http://www.AskScreenKnow.com

Rev Run & Justine Simmons


INTERVIEW:  Hip-Hop Legend Rev Run & his wife Justine on Adult Diabetes


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As Rev Run and Justine say,

“Do it for the ones you love.”


headshot  Maria Dorfner is a health journalist and founder of NewsMD and Healthy Within Network (HWN). Her stories and original health programs have appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox, CNBC and Discovery.  Her book, “Healthy Within” is available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/maria_dorfner

Partial list of her awards include an Outstanding Achievement Award from March of Dimes, Media Recognition Award from American Heart Association for a series she created for CNBC called “Heart Smart,” a Medical Reporting Scholarship from American Medical Association, a Freddie Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting, Commitment to the Advancement of Women in Media from Pace University, Angel of a Sponsor Award from Make-A-Wish Foundation. She’s part of the CNBC Originals team that launched the cable network and also co-founded Cleveland Clinic News Service and more. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Women and the 2019 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from them. She began her career as an intern at NBC in New York City during her sophomore year of college at Pace University. NBC awarded her a scholarship to attend graduate school at Columbia University at night during her tenure.

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Learn More. Get Screened: www.AskScreenKnow.com