Beth McNamara

Patient Expert

Beth wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Diabetes.

Latest by Beth McNamara

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Health Care Reform: An End to Rationed Dreams?

Health insurance is a necessity for people with type 1 diabetes or any other chronic conditions. Learn how health care reform has changed the landscape for people needing consistent treatment for diabetes.

Child with diabetes checking his blood sugar levels.

How Much Is Your Child's Diabetes Influencing His Behavior?

Your child is in the midst of a temper tantrum, which a kid will do no matter what his age, and before you discipline him, you stop yourself with these questions: “Maybe it’s his blood sugar. Maybe he’s low again. Maybe his BG readings are high. Then ...

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Coaches, Trainers, Teammates: The Other Side Of Managing Sports And Type 1

In my September 7 post, I took a look at the complexity of managing Type 1 diabetes and exercise and sports, which boiled down primarily to physiology and nutrition. Yet through my discussions with various experts, I found that there are several addi...

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Juvenile Diabetes: Grieving the Loss of a Normal Childhood

Ever since my son’s diagnosis with diabetes, the Easter holiday has been a tough one for me. It’s not so much the holiday itself, but it’s the preparation that gets me - specifically shopping for the goodies that go in the Easter baskets. I know the ...

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The Possibility of Preserving Natural Insulin Production for the Newly Diagnosed Type 1

News of the advancements in Diabetes research, which include bringing us steps closer to possible cures and improvements in technology, are heartening to all whose lives have been impacted by the disease. One segment of this research has been dedicat...

Child having blood sugar tested.

How Can You Find Out If Your Other Children Will Get Type 1 Diabetes?

Many parents with a child who has type 1 diabetes fear their children will become diabetic.

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Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Toe-to-Toe

We’ve passed the mid-way point in National Diabetes Month, which calls for awareness and education of diabetes to the general public and fostering a sense of community for all who have diabetes. Diabetes is affecting more and more people and their fa...

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A Common Bond: Sharing Diabetes Diagnosis Tales

Get a group of women together who have given birth - particularly when in the company of an expectant mother, and more likely than not the topic of labor and delivery stories will come up. The tougher and longer the labor, then the more impressed are ...

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The Debate: Diabetic Or Person With Diabetes?

As a caregiver who is fairly new to the world of diabetes, it wasn’t until recently that I realized that there was a debate over whether one was “a diabetic” or “a person with diabetes.” Little did I know that each and every time I wrote a post or me...

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The Art of Blood Glucose Testing While Swimming

The one sport I love to do is swim. I’ve been swimming for the last three plus decades, and still look forward to getting into the pool several times a week. At the urging of a dear friend, I broke out of the pool-mode and tried my first open water e...