She Sugar to Moderate Diabetic Connect Twitter Chat

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I’m super excited for the opportunity to moderate a Twitter chat for Diabetic Connect every Tuesday at 9p.m. EST starting November 4th for Diabetes Awareness Month!

The hashtag for this chat is #DCDE (Diabetic Connect Diabetes Education).

The purpose of this chat is to bring the diabetes community together under an educational umbrella so that we can safely learn from one another with trusted diabetes experts in the mix – and that little blue bird, of course.

Read more about the chat in this article: Diabetic Connect Chat on Twitter: Every Tuesday in November.

 

What’s a Twitter Chat?

So glad you asked! A Twitter chat is an open, recurring public conversation that surrounds a hashtag – in this case #DCDE.  You can watch the conversation (tweets) or participate in them by following the hashtag and tweeting with the hashtag at the end of your tweet.

Using Twitter is actually quite easy, so don’t be intimidated – give it a whirl!  The conversations that erupt from 140 characters can be quite incredible. Twitter is a simple, to the point mode of communication with a rolling conversation to follow, click and comment as you feel inclined to engage.

Along with another diabetes expert, we’ll guide a meaningful and educational conversation about ways to become an engaged patient and enlist changes to live healthfully with diabetes.  This chat is open to providers and patients alike; the more opinions the merrier!

 

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Getting Started with Twitter

Twitter might not be on your social media repertoire right now, but it’s an incredibly effective way to communicate with similar individuals about topics you hold in common.

Don’t have a Twitter account or aren’t sure about how to get started?  No problem, check out this detailed article I’ve written just for you: Twitter: A Social Haven for Diabetics.

 

What’s your Handle?

A “Twitter handle” is basically a Twitter name that you choose for yourself.  My Twitter handle is: @She_Sugar.  Adding underscores and caps can open options for names.  Add a short profile and picture and your ready to roll – take a look at mine below and Diabetic Connect’s above.

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Get networking!  Create a Twitter account then follow Diabetic Connect on Twitter!  I’m looking forward to “seeing you” on Tuesdays!

{Twitter image via Twitter.com and Diabetic Connect logo via Diabeticconnect.com}

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If you are a Medtronic Paradigm insulin pump user, check out the notification letter here.

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Clotting Disorders and Celiac Disease

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We are seeing more “skin, endocrine, skeletal, hepatic, hematological, gynecological, fertility, dental and behavioral abnormalities.”  Clotting disorders and celiac disease are more commonplace than one may think.  In fact, there may be little to no symptoms and diagnosis can occur at an advanced age. [Read more...]

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Invokana – FDA Approves New Diabetes Medication

Invokana, type 2 diabetesInvokana is a new medication on the market whose primary target is type 2 diabetes.  Invokana works in a clever way, helping to eliminate extra sugar from the body.

Current medications for type 2 diabetes are focused on insulin efficiency in the body or pancreas stimulation.  This medication is not insulin focused.  Invokana works by bypassing the usual plumbing that occurs in the body when it is processing extra sugar.

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Type 1 Diabetes and Gut Bacteria, a Study

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Babies Consuming Gluten Have Lower Rates Of Celiac Disease

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Digest This- Medications for Celiac Disease

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This drug isn’t taking it that far- it must be taken in conjunction with a gluten free diet.  It does open doors for eating out without complete lunacy.  This drug may not be as far off as you think, it’s actually approaching a second phase 2 trial. [Read more...]

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