News and Updates
February 19, 2018
It's National Eating Disorder Awareness Month!
Dearest friends of We Are Diabetes,
We Are Diabetes is celebrating our fifth year of partnership with NEDA for their annual NEDAwareness campaign that runs February 26th through March 4th! I invite you all to take a look at the wonderful information and resources that NEDA has assembled this year to spread awareness about the severity and complexity of eating disorders. With this year’s theme – Let’s Get Real – NEDA is expanding the conversation about eating disorders and highlighting stories that we do not often hear. Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise, and appearance, and this leads to food and body image issues that negatively impact us all.
January 20, 2018
The Missed Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes
A missed diagnosis of type 1 diabetes due to symptom unawareness is, unfortunately, still a reality. Many times the signs of type 1 diabetes are confused with signs of the stomach flu, or with an average stomach virus.
Sarah Lucas, co-founder and CEO of our friends at Beyond Type 1 has been adamantly campaigning on the subject of T1D and DKA awareness for years. "While we cannot prevent people from developing Type 1 diabetes, we can stop people from dying due to a missed diagnosis. We all must take responsibility to raise awareness, because no one, especially a child, should die because we weren’t paying close enough attention. Take 60 seconds to pass along what you know – you never know who’s life you might save." We invite our community to join us in this life saving initiative! Please share this article and this warning sign visual with at least two people in your life!
January 01, 2018
Adjusting Expectations In ED-DMT1 Recovery
Happy New Year!
In an effort to help everyone start off 2018 on a helpful and positive note we wanted to share our most recent Real Recovery Talk video: Adjusting Expectations in Recovery.
We hope you find it helpful!
November 19, 2017
What Is My "Heathly Weight?"
This question is often running through the mind of someone working on recovery from an eating disorder. We recently came across an wonderful blog post from Tiffany Mei Haug, MS, RDN, EDOC addressing this topic:
"Dear Eating Disorder Dietitian, What IS my healthy weight?
November 17, 2017
This is an age old question and I know it feels so important.
I'm sincerly sorry for all the answers you’ve been given to this question in the past that have led you to believe the answer is a single static number.
And even if it is for now, it won’t always be the same number. So here is my best effort to answer this question that burdens you, because society has taught you that it matters most. Actually I would go 10 steps further to say that society has taught you that it is your life’s mission (it isn’t).
Deep breath, & here we go:
A healthy weight in the broadest sense factors in the weight your body naturally settles at when you are nourishing and moving (or not moving) your body in a way that makes sense for you at any given stage in your life.
A healthy weight is a place where your physical health is not placed on a pedestal of superior importance above all other aspects of your health (psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual).
A healthy weight is a place where you did your very best to feed your family consistently this month, in a way that made sense within your grocery budget.
A healthy weight is a place where you are receiving meaning from your life outside of your weight.
A healthy weight is a place where you can go on a 2 week camping trip with friends and be able to eat those canned beans and grilled cheese sandwiches and move or not move in a way that doesn’t isolate you from spontaneous social experiences.
A healthy weight is being able to give yourself permission to sleep in a little bit longer this morning and skip the gym since your 6 year old was up all night and you desperately need the sleep.
A healthy weight is whatever amount of weight a mother needs to gain for her pregnancy (and whatever happens after), according to her body’s own innate wisdom.
A healthy weight is being able to have that sample of dumplings at Costco without mentally adjusting how this will impact your lunch or snack.
A healthy weight is saying yes to that free yoga class at that cool studio your friend invited you to, even though it's not the run you had originally intended for today.
A healthy weight is dynamic.
A healthy weight is nuanced.
A healthy weight is compassionate.
There is no "perfect" healthy weight.
Yours most sincerely,
Tiffany Mei Haug, MS, RDN, EDOC is an eating disorder registered dietitian and blogs at Freedom With Nutrition.
October 29, 2017
The Eating Disorders Institute Graduate Certificate program at Plymouth State University
The Eating Disorders Institute Graduate Certificate program at Plymouth State University offers a 15 credit program for graduate credit. The Eating Disorders Institute (EDI) is designed to provide professionals with research-based tools, techniques and strategies to use in medical treatment, mental health counseling, nutrition counseling or education and outreach work. This Graduate program is ideal for those interested in becoming a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist in behavioral health, nutrition, or nursing.
Plymouth State is the only approved site in the country to offer a 12-credit eating disorder core curriculum which satisfies the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) requirement towards future certification. Plymouth State offers the only Masters in Education program in the country with a 15- credit focus on Eating Disorders. The experienced faculty are current practitioners in the field of eating disorders.
For more information about this program contact Mardie Burckes-Miller: email@example.com
October 18, 2017
"Yoga For Diabetes: How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda" By Rachel Zinman
In "Yoga for Diabetes", Rachel shares her personal journey and her hard-won wisdom gained from her own experience of yoga and diabetes. Finally we have a book written by an accomplished yoga teacher with diabetes herself who points the way to regaining health and well-being for people of all ages and types of diabetes!
October 06, 2017
The Affordable Insulin Project
When you don't have prescription insurance, or have a plan with a high copay or high deductible, affordable access to insulin can seem beyond your reach. Although there are several programs that can assist those who need insulin,(either through discount, copay, or patient assistance programs) navigating through these options can often be confusing and frustrating - until now! The Affordable Insulin Project can help you determine what program is best for you!
The Affordable Insulin Project offers tools, resources, and data so that people impacted by today’s rising health care costs can positively influence the affordable access to this life essential drug.
"We believe that all Americans with diabetes should have affordable access to insulin. We believe that patients must be an integral part of the discussion at every step of the supply chain, from manufacturers and employers to Pharmaceutical Benefits Managers (PBMs) and the government."
We Are Diabetes fully supports the mission and initiatives of The Affordable Insulin Project!
September 28, 2017
Real Recovery Talk: How to Talk Yourself out of a Binge.
We Are Diabetes Executive Director Asha Brown talks about the difficult (and often unavoidable) struggle of talking oneself out of a binge in our newest Real Recovery Talk video: How to talk yourself out of a binge.
August 29, 2017
T1International is doing some amazing things to advocate for the T1D community! Their mission is to work towards finding sustainable access and affordability of insulin, diabetes supplies, medical care and education for all people living with type 1 diabetes. Want to help support this amazing organization's mission? Start by signing their Type 1 Diabetes Access Charter! This Charter will be used to bolster type 1 diabetes advocacy efforts worldwide. It will show the world that there are many voices united in support of these rights. It can be used to influence the actions of governments and organizations so that policies can be changed and the rights of people with type 1 diabetes can be prioritized. Make sure to check out their Resources page for a ton of options for you to utilize in your own advocacy efforts! We especially love their Advocacy Toolkit, which offers clear step by step guidelines on how to safely and effectively advocate for the cause you feel most passionate about in the DOC!
August 21, 2017
Free Educational Webinar: Diabetes and Eating Disorders: Not Just "diabulimia" August 24th 1-2pm CT
Center for Change is offering a free Webinar this week! This Webinar is lead by the outstanding Jenaca Beagley, NP-C, CDE, who is part of Center for Change's ED-DMT1 Treament Team.
You can register for this event here