February, 2014 Edition 
Valentine's Day Pick-Up Lines 
This Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to post some diabetes pick-up lines from Type ONEderful.

"Did it hurt?" "What, my shot?" "No, when you fell from heaven."
"With you around Sweetie, who needs glucose tabs?"
"Baby, I just followed my CGM arrows and they pointed me straight to you." 
"Hey girl, I bet you're my type."  
Sugarfree Candyland! 
If you're in need of ideas for treats for Valentine's Day, or for any day, this blog has a few not-too-sweet but heartfelt ideas. 
Pinterest & Loving Type 1's 
A fabulous collection of images and messages that will make you laugh, make you smile, and maybe shed a tear, all in support of those who courageously live with t1d.
Love your Heart   
Diabetes Forecast has tips and detailed information for how to reduce your risks and keep that beat going and going.
Love your Skin  
Whether Type 1 or Type 2, it's important to take care of your skin, especially when wounded.

Eat What You Love and Love What You Eat...with Diabetes 
This award winning author tackles mindful eating with diabetes while optimizing health.
Recipe of the Month: 
Chip Fudgie Cups 
Chocolate Chip Dough:
1/3 cup stick butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup Equal Spoonful*
1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose four
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Fudge Nut Filling: 
1 cup Equal Spoonful
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
6 tablespoons stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
*May substitute 8 packets Equal sweetener
**May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener 


Diabetic Exchanges:
Calories: 138 
Protein: 2 g
Sodium: 106 mg
Cholesterol: 41 mg
Fat: 8 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g 
Exchanges: 1 starch, 1-1/2 fat

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Inside the Numbers With Tyler Harris...

By BJ Bennett
Who Tyler Harris is far beats what he has. No opponent, no matter the odds, gets in his way.  

The numbers, for Tyler Harris, are there. He goes through them every single day. The 6'4'', 221-pound quarterback from Pierce County High School in Blackshear, Georgia, has totals that date back years, figures you wouldn't believe. Records can be found back home or at his dorm. Obsessive even, the strong-armed signal caller carries them with him wherever he goes. After 5,200-plus yards and 50 touchdowns the last two years, the book-keeping has understandably become quite tedious.


Data-in-tow, Harris isn't tallying passing stats or wins or losses. As an 18-year old, he's gauging life and death.


Harris was diagnosed with type one diabetes, also known as juvenile-onset diabetes, when he was just two years old. He's been bound by a challenging set of parameters ever since. The much less common version of the condition, type one diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer produces the regulatory hormone insulin. That key part of physiological functioning must be manually replaced. Type one diabetics check their blood sugar with a finger prick multiple times a day, then administer shots or program a catheter-connected pump accordingly.


Chronic and potentially-debilitating, type one diabetes can present a myriad of problems as a natural process of the human body is essentially being externally mimicked. Blood sugar fluctuations cause confusion, fatigue, mood swings, pain and discomfort. Illnesses can be more significant, injuries can be more severe. If not properly managed, the risk of long-term complications like amputation, blindness, heart attack and stroke increase dramatically. The lifestyle of a type one diabetic must be one based on a specific schedule. Staying true to form can be difficult in the heat of competition.

"When you get into the moment of the game and your adrenaline starts pumping, sometimes it will shoot your blood sugar levels up. But I was blessed and had a couple trainers on the sidelines at all times and they would be right there with me. If I ever needed anything, I would have it and we would monitor it throughout the game," Harris recalled on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. "It hasn't been that been that big of a deal for me and I hope that transfers over into college as well." 

Generally, the goal is to keep blood sugar levels within the 80-130 mg/dL range. Harris, with that in mind, is one of the only prospects in the country whose most important scores don't come in the classroom or on the football field. Before anything else, he must work diligently to simply keep his health on par. Such a commitment isn't an isolated trait for Harris, who has long pushed through adversity to lead as a well-rounded student-athlete in a tight-knit community.

One of the nation's most highly-touted prep prospects, Harris recently enrolled at the University of Central Florida. The Knights just completed their best season in school history, going 12-1, winning the American Athletic Conference, beating Baylor 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and finishing in the top ten of the national AP poll. Harris turned down offers from multiple SEC schools, Alabama included, to sign with George O'Leary and UCF. Ranked as a four-star talent by ESPN, Harris de-committed from Southern Methodist before making his final decision.

"On my visit I got to catch a game and I just felt at home. It is a lot closer to home for me, it's only three hours away, so it's convenient for my family to come down and watch me play," he explained. "It was really just a matter of comfort and just being closer to home."

Wearing number eight for the Knights as he did in high school, Harris is now a major college quarterback. Most analysts feel like he has the skill set to play right away. Harris, from a physical standpoint, already looks the part. Mentally, he has handled responsibilities and rigors beyond his years. Discipline and time management were traits were forcefully injected into his life as a toddler. Harris begins his next freshman season with a lot on his plate, but even more on his resume. He is one of the most prolific passers in Peach State history.

"I feel very confident," he acknowledged. "Charlie Taft, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, said that the way he runs his offense, he molds it around what his quarterback does best and he is going to play to my strengths. Hopefully we get that worked out and get the offense rolling well down there. I look forward to it, it's going to be a challenge. I'm ready to start competing."

Harris will be one of the signal callers vying to replace star quarterback Blake Bortles, a special talent who decided to forgo his senior season of eligibility in pursuit of professional dreams. Bortles completed 68% of his passes for 3,581 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior and is widely considered to be one of the front-runners to be the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Much like Harris, Bortles is a big, physical athlete at 6'4', 230 pounds. The high school numbers of the two are remarkably similar.

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Where Are They Now?...  


Have you wondered what your favorite counselor does for their day job? Or, perhaps you've lost touch with a CDF pal and would love to know what they're up to. Search no more! You can find out here in the alumni spotlight "Where Are They Now?"... Oh, and please remember to email and let us know what you are up to so we can feature YOU too!


Fall 2013 - A letter from camp: 


What a privilege to be back at camp this last summer as one of the camp physicians! After being a camper here in '95-'96 I went on to play varsity tennis through high school, attended college, then medical school, completed residency, and now am in fellowship training subspecializing in pediatric endocrinology. My wife, Laura, and I were married in 2006 and our son, Peter, was born in the Spring of 2012. I recently celebrated 20 years with diabetes. I've come a long way!


Camp this week hasn't changed much from how I remember it. Many of the nursing staff, counselors, and coaches are veterans. Of course the swimming pool splash contest and slip-n-slide down the big hill are still favorites, and Chris extends his big arms around the whole place to make every kid feel like family. What an empowering message for those of us living with and affected by diabetes to be reminded that diabetes is a team sport! This is a very special place.


See you next year, 

Dr. Evan Los

  Chris Dudley Head shot PT
Happy Valentines Day! 

Chris Dudley and  
Chris Dudley Foundation