What We’ve All Been Waiting For… The DDG Theme Song!

Hosty Solo

Prepare your self for your newest addiction – the Diabetes Daily Grind theme song written by Mike Hosty who is known for his chart topper, “Oklahoma Breakdown”, the Number One Song on the Texas Music Charts for April 2007 and for the entire year!  He was kind enough to write a song for us that wraps up our inspiration for starting the DDG.  We hope you enjoy.

Watch the YouTube Video Here

A little history – I met Michael Hosty over twenty years ago when I was working at a local music studio.  It was the summer of 1994 and I was an awkward teenager and he was a hairy guy who played in a band I wasn’t old enough to see live.  We became friends as I forced him to read stories from Chicken Soup For the Soul.  We shed tears that summer over sappy stories and have been friends ever since.

I recently approached him about writing a song for me about diabetes and he didn’t think twice.  In addition to the being a famous song writer, he’s a local legend and often travels the states playing with Mike Byars in the Hosty Duo.

We hope you enjoy the song – I am willing to bet you’ll find yourself singing it in the shower, in your car or in your head during the day.

The 411: Supplements and Diabetes

Diabetes and Supplements

Us folks with diabetes are bombarded by supplement advertisements. Not a day goes by without a cinnamon ad trolling the DDG inbox. The crew over at MindBodyGreen published this infographic from a book titled Knowledge is Beautiful by David McCandless. The book looks to analyze data behind the claims made by supplement companies. He even lists them out in a “worth it” area. The results are highly valuable in the world of diabetes management. Continue reading

Cardio Vs Weights: A User’s Guide to Knowing What Will Happen to Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes and Exercise Effects

Oftentimes, exercise can be treacherous–inciting low blood sugars immediately after, then the resulting high blood sugars, and leaving us wondering why we signed up to exercise in the first place. It’s time to provide clarity to something we all need and crave in our lives: movement. Matching personal experience with research, I’ll provide a few generalizations that will help you traverse the exercise path with optimum, never perfect, glucose management.

What’s the rundown on cardio exercise?

 

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Is Diabetes Screwing Up Your Sex Life?

feet in bed

The DDG is getting personal – How is your sex life and does diabetes make things difficult between the sheets? As PWDs, we’re flooded with all things doom and gloom concerning possible complications due to this ridiculous disease. I came across an article that brought to light the “worst case scenarios” diabetes can bring into the bedroom.  I’m saving you some awkward research by listing a few articles with cliff notes addressing what PWDs might face when they decide to jump in the sack.

Do The Cards Reveal My Diabetes Future?

tarot cards

At a dinner party this weekend I met a lovely woman I’d heard so much about. Our mutual friend thought we should meet because of my constant rambling about spiritual homework and how it effects every part of my life, including my diabetes.  Sheryl was absolutely delightful – witty, attractive, accomplished, educated and able to share her thoughts and feelings without a care in the world. After dinner, we moved by the fire to partake in a Tarot Card reading. Tarot card readings aren’t for everyone, but my reading revealed a number of recent discoveries shared in previous posts (Sacred Wound).

Death Card

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If You Do These 4 Things While Dating, Please Stop

Diabetes Do Nots

How does this whole diabetes thing play out when we date people? Do we address it early? Do we conceal it for several months? It can be complicated. It certainly weighs heavily on the minds of many an insulin-dependendent. Hopefully the next four tips will shed some light on the diabetes dating scenario.

1) On a first date or encounter, avoid the cliche “I should probably tell you something” line.

You don’t have kids (well maybe you do) or a sexually transmitted disease (well… yeah, my apologies if you do). Don’t make a big deal out of it. Let it come up naturally–like when your CGM wakes them up at 3AM. Continue reading

This Is When Diabetes Gets Weird

The Weird Diabetes

Periodically, I’ll ask Amber about a recent observation about my own T1D life, “When X happens, do you feel like X?” She promptly shoots me a quizzical glance and responds, “You always say things like this to me and I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced that specifically.” If you’re not following me yet, be patient, this is where diabetes gets weird.

Our bodies are complicated. The king of this complexity is the nervous system–especially the sensory feedback. Being a T1D presents unique insights into the nervous system. These insights are everywhere.If you listen carefully, you find your language. Your language is different than mine. It’s full of clues. What drives the language? Blood glucose levels. Continue reading