Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

We’re very fortunate these days that a diagnosis with diabetes is no longer a death sentence — due mostly to that healing elixir that mimics a natural substance in our bodies known as insulin. Injectable “insulin analogs,” as these medicines are called, are life-saving substances that have only been available to patients since the 1920’s. Whether or not you require insulin at this time, it’s probably in your future as a person with diabetes — therefore it’s important to get to know it, without fear. This tip series is all about living with insulin (better than you might expect!).

Tip 1: Why Insulin's 'Bad Rap' is Undeserved

Unfortunately, insulin has a bad rap. The very mention of it evokes fear and loathing in many people. This is certainly understandable, since no one likes to be poked with needles … Read more >>

Tip 2: Understanding Long-Acting vs. Fast-Acting Insulin

People without diabetes have a great, fully automatic system controlling their insulin output, while we people with diabetes might be said to be operating on “manual transmission.” We need to constantly think … Read more >>

Tip 3: Avoid the Lows

“Hypoglycemia” is a fancy word for when your blood sugar goes too low. This is defined as less than 70 mg/dl. It’s the point at which there is so little sugar to fuel your brain that your body can no … Read more >>

Tip 4: Keep Your Insulin Safe

Does insulin really need to be refrigerated at all times? Conventional wisdom used to say yes, but increasingly, the answer is no. Most insulins are actually good for a month out of the refrigerator, as long as … Read more >>

Tip 5: Pros and Cons of Symlin, an Insulin Supplement

This is a bonus tip for people with type 1 diabetes. Symlin is an additional glucose-lowering drug prescribed mainly to type 1 diabetics already taking insulin. Read more >>