Category Archives: Diabetes By The Numbers

Spare a rose yet?

The cause that everyone loves and loves to contribute to is back. The Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign is in full swing this week as we get closer to Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Can you believe this is the sixth year for Spare a Rose? Ever since 2013, the Diabetes Online Community has led the way in promoting this wonderful fundraiser for the International Diabetes Federation.

The idea is simple: if you have a special someone who you buy a dozen roses for on Valentine’s Day, consider buying one less rose and donating the cost of that rose to the IDF’s Life for a Child Program, which helps provide insulin, diabetes supplies, and education to kids in less resourced countries. You know, the places where it’s hard to get and pay for these things.

As we’ve said before, the cost of one rose saves the life of a child for one month. The cost of a dozen roses gains a child in another part of the world an entire year to play, go to school, and be with their families. Who doesn’t love that?

There are children all over the world who are depending on us. So please, take time right now. Go to

On behalf of myself, the diabetes community, and the parents of children in need, Thank You.
While I’m at it, let me send a shoutout to all of the diabetes podcasters taking part in the third annual Diabetes Podcast Week!

All over the internet, podcasters are helping to raise awareness of the Spare a Rose, Save a Child campaign. I’m retooling my podcast right now (back very soon), so I’m not able to take part. But I’m happy to let you know who you can connect with this week to get your diabetes podcast fix, and to hear more about Spare a Rose, Save a Child: simply go to and find out who will be rolling out a new episode during this special week.

It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year, and while I won’t be a part of it this time, I very much look forward to hearing everyone else. You should listen too!

And finally, I don’t want to forget to wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love and saving the lives of children with diabetes.


Diabetes By The Numbers: Clinical Trials and an invitation.

Clinical trials come and go, and often they may seem like the same thing is just being tested over and over again. But it’s really not like that at all.

Case in point is the clinical trial beginning at the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology. Jess Robic and Jennifer Pinnata from the CDT are here to talk about this trial specifically, and to answer a few questions surrounding clinical trial participation in general.

This trial is specifically recruiting MDI (multiple daily injections) users, but it’s using algorithms developed for use in artificial pancreas systems. There are many super interesting aspects to this study.

The best part is all the diabetes stuff you get as part of participation in the trial. It includes:

– Insulin for the length of the trial
– Use of an innovative insulin “smart” pen
– Use of a Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor
– Test strips for the length of the trial
– A stipend, dependent on the number of in-person study visits you complete before the end of your participation.

Seriously, if I was an MDI user, I would sign up for this trial yesterday.


A quick note: this interview was conducted two days before the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12. If you’re wondering why we’re so cheery in the interview, and why we’re not even acknowledging anything about the racial discord of that weekend, or the fact that someone lost their life, it’s because it hadn’t happened yet.

In the aftermath of that sickening weekend, all of us decided to wait a bit before airing the episode. If you qualify, I hope you will consider signing up for this study… I believe it will help lead to something truly unique in insulin delivery for people living with diabetes.

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Jess and Jennifer talk about CDT’s Recruitment Database… to join the pool of potential clinical trial participants, CLICK HERE.

To see the clinical trials currently recruiting and taking place at the University of Virginia, CLICK HERE.

Diabetes By The Numbers: Mindy Bartleson.

Mindy Bartleson is accomplished. I don’t think that’s overstating it. What’s really amazing is how accomplished she is at only 24 years of age.

Mindy lives with a number of chronic conditions, diabetes being one of them, and we talk about them here. Many people remember her from her previous work at College Diabetes Network. She has a really super blog. Her writing has been featured on numerous websites.

And now, she’s written a book.

We talk about the book, about what it’s like to live with so many things and go to college and write a blog and write a book too.

This interview is being aired in conjunction with the kickstarter campaign designed to help Mindy get her book published. CLICK HERE to contribute… the end result will be well worth it.

Here’s a pretty revealing look at one of nicest people you’ll ever get to know.


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Help Mindy publish her book! To donate to Mindy’s Kickstarter campaign,

Mindy’s blog is titled There’s More To The Story, and you can find it here:


Diabetes By The Numbers: Tidepool’s Big Data Donation Project.

Truth be told, I look to Christopher Snider as the gold standard for quality diabetes interviews and podcasts. I’ve wanted him on this podcast for some time.

Now, with that out of the way, let me tell you why Christopher was part of the podcast this week. He has a new role, as Community Manager at Tidepool.

Tidepool is a terrific nonprofit organization that helps provide a free, open platform where people with diabetes, doctors, researchers, and others can either upload or view diabetes data. Christopher explains it way better than I do, so I will encourage you to listen for that.

We spend a good amount of time talking about Tidepool’s recently announced Big Data Donation Project. Tidepool has agreed to donate ten percent of any fees they receive for selling your de-identified data to researchers. The money will go to one of eight diabetes nonprofits that you probably know well. Christopher explains it way better than I do, so I will encourage you to listen for that too.

There’s also a vague reference to Odin, the Norse god.


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Christopher Snider is Community Manager at Tidepool:

To find out more about Tidepool’s Big Data Donation Project, go to:

Christopher Snider is host of two amazing podcasts:
Just Talking Podcast
Mark All That Apply


Diabetes By The Numbers: March for Health (part 2)

How do you do two interviews on the same subject on different days within the same week? It helps if something big happens on one of the days in between interviews.

“Everything in my life, every decision I’ve made throughout my life, has always been framed around, ‘Will I be able to get health insurance?’.”

In part two of my discussions with leaders of the March for Health, the wonderful organizer of the Nashville march, Cara Richardson explains perfectly why, even though the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives pulled his “repeal and replace” healthcare legislation from consideration last Friday, there is still a need for a March. She explains exactly why access to care and spreading knowledge of patient’s rights are such an important part of her life.

Trust me… this will be well worth your time.


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Cara Richardson is organizer for the March for Health in Public Square Park, Nashville Tennessee, Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. To find out all about March for Health Nashville, or to find another city where you can march; or to help support March for Health with a donation, go to:

March for Health still needs volunteers who can help with everything from e-mails to fundraising to setup & cleanup. To become a March for Health volunteer, email:

Cara writes about her life with diabetes at the blog Every Day, Every Hour, Every Minute:

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