Beth McNamara, Patient Expert

Beth wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Diabetes.

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 ...
Beth McNamara

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 ...
Beth McNamara

Health Care Reform: An End to Rationed Dreams?

Nobody can deny that health care reform has proven a contentious, divisive battle and an unrelenting exercise in negotiation. With the mention of health care and benefits, many Americans become defensive; worried about what it will mean to them …what ...
Beth McNamara

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 ...
Beth McNamara

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...
Beth McNamara

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...
Beth McNamara