Best Health Central posts from 2010.

Ann Bartlett Health Guide
  • The start of a new year can be filled with hope, but sometimes the strength of our convictions comes from what we know.  In order to change patterns and to think differently, we should look to the past! 


    This year has been one that opened many new opportunities for me.  It has been a year of learning more about diabetes then I ever imagined I would care to know!  The best part has been opening my arms wide and letting friends into the interesting world of diabetes and educating them.  But it also has been a two way street! 


    This year fostered my reaching out to fellow type 2 experts, who are so knowledgeable on the relationship with diabetes, food, exercise that their knowledge surpasses most of my phd sports physiology friends! 

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    The diversity of information from this group of Amylia, Bill, David, Fran, Gretchen, John, Joan (Verdungal), Kelsey, Beth and Kerri has educated and entertained me all year!  So I have decided, on this last day of the year, to post some of my favorite expert’s shareposts by this community and some from other communities on Health Central!


    Gretchen Becker’s Learning from Type1’s. I had the pleasure of attending a conference at Cleveland Clinic with Gretchen.  Her depth of knowledge and good common sense make her blogs very educational, but it is her rye wit that grabs and makes everyone think twice!


    Joan (Verdungal) 34 Low Carb & Healthy Blogs for November 2010. Joan is amazing in her knowledge of food and natural living!  I think of myself as understanding the earthy crunchy soul, but she takes it to a much higher level and her research is on the mark! (She even convinced Ginger to get off artificial sweeteners!)


    Amylia’s 1 in 3 Americans Diabetic in 2050?  Amylia, the writer, poet and sultry diabetes voice just lends emotional, whimsical, romance while packing her posts full of god information!


    Bill’s Same Song, Second Verse. Bill is my “go to” guy when I have a medical blog request!  He is the diabetes Renaissance man, having worked for pharmaceuticals, to being a endocrinologist and living with diabetes, there are few angles he doesn’t understand!


    John’s post The Last Five Pounds. John joined us at the beginning of 2010 with a new years resolution.  He has shared the ups and downs of learning how to change his life in order to take control of his health!  What a year he has shared with us!  He is but 5 pounds from his goal! Awesome!


    Fran’s Daily Insulin Injection vs. Insulin Pump: Where are we now?  I don’t even know which blog to choose, as a favorite!  Fran is a pediatric diabetelogist and in her spare time writes about what most parents hanker to read!  She is a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate soul who shares because someone is out there who needs help! 


    Beth’s Sports, Exercise & the Type 1 Child: Nuts and Bolts Beth is a parent’s voice filled with sage advice and compassion. Truth be known, my husband met Beth for business and a month later her son was diagnosed with type1. She came to this site willing to share as she was going through her own learning curve, which made her blogs that much more special to me!


    Kerri’s The Power of WE!  This blog just rocked!  Kerri is many things, but passionate is probably the most obvious quality in her writing.  She has made me laugh, think, laugh, need a box of kleenex and chuckle some more.  Kerri truly understands the power of we!


    David’s Limiting Test Strips Over the years David has been a metronome for writing on diabetes issues.  For me personally, he has been a mentor for writing in the public space. His posts are positive, easy to understand, and each shares his personal involvement in the process!  I have so enjoyed his warm invitation and guidance, thank you David! 

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    As far as I’m concerned one of the unsung heroes of the HealthCentral's diabetes community is a smart young woman named Anna from the teens site! Anna is a sophmore in college now, but started writing as a senior in HS.  For someone so young, her content has been absolutely on the mark for it’s accuracy!  Spend the day reading her blogs and feel motivated and educated!  Anna’s blog on Exercise Highs and Lows is a great example of her depth of understanding for diabetes!


    Kelsey’s Why Babies from Diabetic Moms are Bigger is a great example of Kelsey's knowledge of diabetes and pregnancy!  Kelsey writes about pregnancy with great strategy!  If you’re thinking about it, you need Kelsey’s insights!


    From around Health Central, these are the shareposts I’m signed up for! 


    While I don’t have heart disease, I believe that everyone with diabetes should read Dr. William Davis and Lisa Nelson's posts.  Good information about heart health from nutritional, supplements, exercise and preventive measures are wrapped thoroughly in great research and experience, these guys are a must read!


    Dr. William Davis from Heart Disease, Do You have Bagel Bones? Dr. Davis is a cardiologist, author of Track Your Plaque and is the leading authority on CT scans and how they can be used to impact heart Disease.  The Track Your Plaque program has proven to control and reverse coronary heart.  He uses many tools from food, to supplements and other techniques.  His shareposts are great information and most often common sense advice! 


    Lisa Nelson, RD, LN from Heart Disease.  Her bio says it all! Common sense advice!  Reduce Heart Disease Risk on the Job  Lisa is a dietician with a predisposition for heart disease and high cholesterol, so her interest is just like mine!  Know as much as you can and see what you can do to help yourself!


    Ivy Markaity, yoga instructor on Diet and Exercise: New Year’s with Yoga: Eat Drink and Twist!  I am a yoga fan, among other things, and I curiously read Ivy’s take on postures for physical issues.  I’m in a catch 22 here, because I’m a massage therapist and my specialty is chronic pain and sports.  Over the last few years, many top yoga dogs have posted the benefits of yoga for people who live with pain.  I sit on the fence, only because you can't give cookie cutter advice for people who lives with pain.  That said, I like Ivy’s approach to explaining why she recommends yoga for some issues.  For me yoga has been my mental break from routine.  I like the up and down movement, the physical challenge it gives me, and the improved muscle tone.  What’s not to love about a whole body feeling of zen when you’re done!


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    I am looking forward to 2011!  I have some personal and professional changes coming and I’m looking forward to the challenge! 


    I am in the midst of planning a winter escape to an ice hotel!  I’ll be posting that blog from somewhere warm after, but I could not resist the challenge of one night in a hotel made of ice!  I have a spring challenge of running my favorite 10 miler, which I have missed for the past 3 years due to my schedule. All of this is my affirmation to find my balance again!  Too much work and not enough self care can lead to problems down the road, so time to get back to being my really healthy self!


    As always, the start of a new year is exciting and thought provoking! For each of you, I wish you a happy, healthy new year!   


    If you have a favorite site or sharepost(blog), please add!   



Published On: December 31, 2010