Latest by Ginger Vieira

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Managing My Diabetes During RawUnity Powerlifting Competition

On Saturday, January 30, 2010 I competed with some of the best of the best in the sport of raw powerlifting I began powerlifting exactly one year ago and this RAW UNITY event was my third competition in a full powerlifting event. ROCHE’s ACCU-Chek Gl...

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Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll

Do you know the effects of alcohol and birth control on your diabetes? Take Ginger’s quiz to make sure you have your facts straight!

Woman measuring her blood sugar level with a glucose meter.

Converting A1C Result to Estimated Average Glucose

Every three to six months, we have our A1C measured. But what does that number really mean? And how do you compare it to your blood glucose reading?

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Interview w/ JMIAH, Type 1 Diabetic & Fitness Model

Howdy howdy. Below is an interview with Jeremy Williamson, also known as JMIAH - (see his biography here!). Along with having had Type 1 Diabetes since he was 13, JMIAH is a competitive Fitness Model and has won many a competition over the past few y...

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Diabetes and Drinking - Part I: If You Choose to Drink

_A note from Dr. Cogen: _ _When thinking about the long list of issues today’s teens must face, alcohol use is near the top. The pressure from friends to drink can be overwhelming. Ginger and I would like to provide medically correct information abou...

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Checking Blood Sugars: My Diabetes Science Experiment

It would be nice if, for the sake of my blood sugar, every day were exactly the same. I’d wake up at the same time, eat the same breakfast, lunch and dinner, spend the same amount of time sitting in class and exercising, go to bed at exactly the same ...

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Getting out of speeding tickets via diabetes: Is it wrong?

My friend told me a story about this kid with diabetes in his sixth grade class. Apparently, this student wasn’t held responsible for any misbehavior because when his blood sugar was high, he wasn’t able to control his actions. Now, I think we can al...

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It's not OCD, it's Diabetes! Part II

There was a lot of discussion and commenting after the last blog, which I wrote about the benefits of being, well, kind of strict about food and exercise and scheduling. Thanks for the feedback It was fun to read and I appreciated all of it! I wanted ...

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It's Not Obsessive Compulsive Disorder -- It's Diabetes!

Some people accuse me of being strange because I really like sticking to the same schedule every day. I like to wake up around the same time, go to the gym at the same time, eat the same foods at the same time, go to yoga at the same time, go to bed ...

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Running a Little High

Everybody does it…or at least that’s what I told myself. I’d gotten away with doing it for several months: purposefully letting my blood sugars run high because I hate having lows. I’d developed this bad habit one year ago, during a summer where I wa...