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Do you have an unconventional way to detect diabetes emergencies?
A study has found that reviewing patients' electronic medical records may help to detect diabetes for those who typically would not be diagnosed. Is there an ethical dilemma with this type of review?
As a person with diabetes or the loved one of a person with diabetes, is the current Ebola news a concern for you?
Does Halloween tend to play tricks on your diabetes management?
If you are trying to lose weight, do you factor weight loss pills into your weight loss plan?
When were you diagnosed?
Have you developed any complications yet as a result of your diabetes?
Would you be willing to try the "smart" contact lens that is currently in development talks between Google and Novartis?
Experts recommend that people walk at least 10,000 steps a day. How many steps do you take on average?
If you, like blogger Nicole Purcell, were to think about life without diabetes, would there be anything you would miss?
If you are a parent with diabetes, do you find that diabetes gets in the way of your parenting?
The deadline to sign up for health insurance is approaching this month. If you signed up for new health insurance, has it been a good thing for you?
The state of Tennessee offers a program that provides free stickers for vehicles alerting police and emergency personnel to be prepared for a diabetes emergency. Would you want to see these stickers become available in all states?
A woman in England has been barred from her gym due to the snacks she eats to prevent hypoglycemia. How does your gym handle members' use of own snacks to prevent hypoglycemia?
If you are married, who has the diabetes in the relationship?
Do you think weight loss programs are doing a good job incorporating your diabetes needs?
If you have type 2 diabetes, are you able to manage it with exercise and diet alone?
If you have type 2 diabetes, how often have you experienced a low?
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Do you dislike the word "diabetic?"
Where do you go to purchase diabetes-friendly foods?
Would you be willing to try foods that were labeled as dLife approved?
Do you find it difficult to go grocery shopping for diabetes-friendly foods?
The sale of unhealthy foods is a popular fundraising method for some groups/companies looking to donate to the cause of diabetes research. Do you think this is an acceptable way to raise money for research?
If you are planning to receive the new Affordable Care Act health coverage, how would you rate the process?
A lucky few have been able to test using an artificial pancreas. If you could have a bionic pancreas, what would you do?
dLife Columnist Bennet Dunlap is on campaign to improve the accuracy of test strips. How often have you experienced an inaccurate meter reading?
How concerned are your patients about the upcoming Affordable Care Act changes?
Sept. 13th is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day. Have you been diagnosed with Celiac Disease?
Do you think your patients are using technology to its best advantages when managing their diabetes?
Do you recycle any of your diabetes supplies?
How often do you cook or prepare your own meals?
Hurricane season runs from June through November. If there were a weather emergency, do you feel you'd be prepared to manage your diabetes?
September is Child Obesity Awareness Month. Do you think educating children on nutrition and diabetes at a young age will lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life? 
An Oregon man is being charged in the death of a child after having a blood sugar episode while driving. When should diabetes-related episodes while driving become a criminal offense?
The growing diabetes population has fueled a market for resale of diabetes supplies, especially test strips.  Would you ever buy supplies from an unauthorized dealer on the Internet or otherwise? 
Do you find it more difficult to stick to your diabetes meal plan during the summer?
If you're hanging by the pool, which food would you enjoy most?
How do you feel about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban sugary sodas larger than 16 ounces?
If more certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and diabetic counselors made telephonic coaching available, would you be interested in working with one?
What prevents your patients from getting the tests recommended to help manage diabetes?
What is your biggest challenge with handling your diabetes during the summer time?
What prevents your patients from taking their medicines as prescribed?
What prevents you from taking your medicines as prescribed?
How often do you (or your loved one) test?
What prevents you from getting the tests recommended to help manage your diabetes?
Writer Riva Greenberg has posed an interesting question about prediabetes: Are we disempowering people by telling them they have "prediabetes" instead of calling it an early stage of type 2 diabetes?
Do you use a computer to help track your blood glucose levels?
A pro football player was recently let go due to his type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Have you ever lost a job because of your diabetes?
Where do you get your medical information?
How much do you know about the health risks associated with diabetes, such as heart disease and stroke?
Are insulin pumps better than shots?
What is the hardest aspect of diabetes management for your newly diagnosed patients to learn about?
Would you be more likely to make a doctor's appointment if you were prompted with a reminder?
How often do you use mobile technology to help manage your diabetes?
Would you support a name change for types 1 and 2 diabetes?
Do you take baby aspirin to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease?
When you were first diagnosed, what was the hardest thing to learn about diabetes management?
What diabetes habit goes by the wayside during the holidays?
What is the most common holiday concern your patients want to address?
This season's flu strain is particularly nasty. Will you get a flu shot this year?
How often do you think about your diabetes when making decisions, big and small?
What dietary strategies do you use to control your diabetes?
Where do you stand on the plethora of food suggestions coming from the various media?
How long did it take you to get help after you were first diagnosed with diabetes?
What would you like to see more of on dLifeTV?
If you could only watch dLifeTV online, where would you prefer to watch it?
Do you try to include family members of patients in diabetes education classes?
The health care tax penalty is now expected to affect 6 million uninsured people. Allowing for the exceptions to the rule - financial hardship, religious objections, and certain other circumstances - do you think the health care tax penalty is fair?
In what way does your involvement in an online diabetes community MOST impact your diabetes management?
Has having diabetes changed the way you view other diseases?
Do you know what LADA is?
How often do you use mobile technology to help manage your diabetes?
When you go to a social gathering, do you inform your host about your dietary restrictions?
On a scale of one to five, how much has diabetes affected your concentration?
Have you seen Dr. Nat Strand's latest vlog on transitioning to college? If you had diabetes in college, which of the issues discussed in the video did you struggle with the most?
The FDA recently approved an ingestible sensor as a medical device. What do you think about a pill that can tell you/your doctor if you are taking your medication on time?
How has your diabetes changed your family's eating habits?
How much does your body and weight factor in to your mood? 
What is your biggest health insurance concern for the future?
Will you be attending the 2012 AADE Conference?
Has new diabetes technology enhanced or hindered your management of diabetes?
Who in your life gives you the most support with your diabetes?
Where do you get the majority of your information on diabetes self-management?
Do you think having diabetes makes you spend more money on food?
What is the major concern your patients have in the summer?
What aspect of your diabetes maintenance causes you the most stress?
If you could choose one diabetes symptom to remove from your life forever, which would you choose?
How often do you indulge in foods that you know are not healthy?
How green is your diabetes management?
What did you think of dLifeTV's new opening sequence?
May is National Mental Health Month. How often do you feel genuinely stressed because of your diabetes?
How do you help your patients deal with the stress of diabetes management?
How often do you worry about diabetes complications?
What other chronic conditions do your patients have?
Do you suffer from insomnia as a result of your diabetes?
If you were able to take a break from your "job" — diabetes management — what would you do with your free time?
How many people are living with diabetes in your home?
Alec Baldwin announced he has prediabetes, becoming the latest celebrity to reveal a diagnosis. How did this latest reveal make you feel?
Has diabetes made it difficult to get/renew a driver's license?
What time of day would you prefer to attend a webinar?
Do you read dLife's weekly general newsletter, dBrief, formerly known as dLife Update?
The FDA released its draft guidance on the artificial pancreas. How important to you is the development of an artificial pancreas?
Do you read dLife's weekly food newsletter, FoodStuff?
The dLife staff had diabetes for a week and the pressure was on! How long did it take you to get into the swing of managing your diabetes to your satisfaction?
Once you've received the proper treatment, how long does it usually take you to feel fully recovered from a blood sugar low?
What's your favorite form of exercise?
Do you subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrates in your food?
Do you track your blood sugar numbers?
Celebrity Chef Paula Deen has shared with the world that she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 years ago. What was your reaction to the news?
How likely are you to participate in a free webinar?
This Diabetes Awareness Month, I declare...
Do you talk about your diabetes with anyone other than your doctor?
Have you taken any steps forward this Diabetes Awareness Month?
What is the most common holiday concern your patients want to address?
What do you look at on grocery store product labels?
What diabetes habit goes by the wayside during the holidays?
Do you eat cereal? 
How do you stay up to date on all the latest diabetes news?
What type of primary care provider oversees your diabetes care?
Recent findings have linked diabetes and hearing loss. Have you experienced any hearing loss either before or since your diabetes diagnosis?
When it comes to managing your diabetes, do you feel like you are in it alone?
How truthful are you when discussing your diabetes self management with your healthcare provider?
When you experience a low, what is your preferred treatment?
Have you ever stepped in to help a stranger having a low blood sugar emergency?
What are your patients most concerned about when it comes to going to school with diabetes?
How often are you hit by unexpected lows?
Do you avoid high-cholesterol foods?
Do you know anyone who has died from complications of diabetes?
Does your employer know your rights?
How do you get your diabetes medications and supplies?
How do you feel about dLife slideshows?
Do you have a diabetes emergency supply kit?
If you have high blood pressure, how do you primarily manage it?
Do you prefer for inquisitive people to approach you about your diabetes on the job?
Do concerns about hypoglycemia hinder your exercise routine?
Would you allow your child to participate in a clinical trial?
Does diabetes stop you from doing your favorite activities?
Do you use any "alternative" remedies to manage your blood sugar?
Are you dreading your next A1C test?
Does diabetes keep you from traveling?
Has diabetes complicated your allergies or vice versa?
If you have experienced neuropathy, what do/did you do to treat it?
Do you talk to your patients about summer skin care?
When was the last time you visited the dentist?
Are you planning to attend the AADE conference in August?
Do you think Judge Sonia Sotomayor's diabetes could inhibit her ability to serve as a Supreme Court Justice?
What do you do when you crave something sweet?
Do you believe you have been the victim of diabetes discrimination in the workplace, school, or elsewhere?
What do you use as a table-top sweetener?
How much face-to-face time did you spend with your primary care physician/endocrinologist in the past year?
It's the 4th of July holiday. What kind of eating plans are you cooking up?
How do you log your blood sugar levels?
Do your patients depend on technology to help them manage their diabetes?
Breastfeeding may reduce diabetes risk for your child. Do you think breastfeeding is best for your family?
In the past year, have you ever hidden your diabetes from someone?
Which blood glucose meter do you use?
Do you have a certified diabetes educator?
Have you ever experienced a diabetes emergency?
People with diabetes have to pay special attention to their feet. Where do you shop for shoes?
What do you feel is the most important benefit of an insulin pump vs. insulin injections?
What's your primary source of diabetes-friendly recipes?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Who is in charge of your diabetes?
Where is your diabetes education practice primarily based?
Have you ever been diagnosed with an eating disorder?
Is hunger your nemesis?
Do you "prescribe" dLife to your patients?
What kind of shoes do you wear?
Do celebrities with diabetes have an obligation to come out publicly about their diabetes?
Does your diabetes care doctor take the time to talk to you?
What is your relationship to diabetes?
What kind of insulin do you use?
Do you consume low carb nutritional bars and/or shakes as part of your diabetes diet?
Do you have any kidney damage as a result of your diabetes?
The CDC recently announced 21 million Americans now have diabetes. What do you think is the primary reason behind the diabetes surge?
My type 2 diagnosis has been...
What do you do to raise awareness during American Diabetes Month?
If you are a diabetes caregiver, how involved are you in the care of your loved one?
What was your last A1c test result?
What dietary strategies do you use to control your diabetes?
What do you use as a table-top sweetener?
What type of primary care provider oversees your diabetes care?
If you haven't joined the NEW dLife Community yet, why not?
Will you get a flu shot this year?
Viewpoints Columnist Travis Grubbs got a diabetes tattoo. Would you get one?
Have you or your loved one with diabetes been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Are you attending AADE this summer?
What is the average education level of your patients?
In addition to regular diabetes care, which of the following do you routinely discuss with your clients?
Has an aversion to needles ever kept you from taking care of your diabetes the way you should?
If you could not have diabetes for one day, what would you do?
Has diabetes been a hindrance in your life?
Do you think diabetes has impaired your brain function in any way?
How do you think current health care reform plans will work for people with diabetes?
Do you know your cholesterol numbers?
How much does diabetes affect your emotions?
What is the most effective teaching tool that you use in your practice?
What kinds of online resources do you trust the most for diabetes-related information?
How do you help patients deal with the temptations of the holidays?
Other than diabetes, what medical condition most concerns you?
What is your top 2009 goal for your patients?
Are you attending this year's AADE conference in Atlanta, or is the economy affecting your ability to travel?
What dLife resources do you find most helpful for your patients?
Do you read diabetes blogs?
What's your diabetes personality type?
The holidays are here! Is diabetes health on your gift list?
How much do you spend out-of-pocket on diabetes-related supplies and medication each year?
Do you take baby aspirin to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease?
What do you like to see in the Update newsletter?
The FDA is challenging current standards that allow glucose meters to have an error rate as high as 20%. Would stricter standards inspire you to test more often?
What do you usually use to treat a blood sugar low?
Would you wear a continuous blood glucose monitoring device?
Do you like the new dLifeTV newsmagazine format?
What is the number one resource you visit dLife.com for?
Who do you tell about your diabetes?
Do you watch online video?
Does your spouse or significant other support you in your diabetes management?
Have you ever experienced a low blood sugar while driving?
When you spot another person with diabetes, do you feel compelled to acknowledge them?
On average, how frequently do you get an A1c blood test?
What would you most like to see additional coverage of on dLife.com?
Do you wear medical identification jewelry for your diabetes?
Do you think unauthorized or illegal immigrants should be given free medical care for their diabetes?
Frequent blood sugar testing is a key part of good control. What do you consider the biggest barrier to more frequent testing?
What's your personal goal for good diabetes control?
What's the "right" way to refer to someone who lives with diabetes?
Would you be willing to participate in a clinical trial for a new diabetes treatment?
What type of diabetes friendly recipes do you look for most?
Do you or have you used any of the following diet programs to lose weight?
Which of the following foods do you eat most often as a snack or dessert if they are sugar free or low sugar?
High blood pressure affects 20-60% of people with diabetes. If you have high blood pressure, how do you primarily manage it?
Do you have high cholesterol?
Would you be willing to try an inhaled form of insulin as an alternative to daily injections?
Does diabetes inhibit your love life in any way?
What is the biggest barrier to testing your blood glucose on a daily basis?
For dry skin, do you normally use skin care products that are
To help me lose weight and get in shape this year, I plan on
How much do you spend each month on vitamins and nutritional supplements that support your diabetes health?
Have you ever experienced neuropathy?
When eating out with family and friends, my biggest pet peeve is...
Do you ever have dreams about your diabetes?
How often do you use a new lancet?
What type 2 oral diabetes medication do you take?
How do you get your diabetes medications and supplies?
Do you believe the way you treat lows contributed to any weight gain you have experienced?
Was your diabetes originally misdiagnosed?
What ethnic food causes the biggest blood sugar boost for you?
How do you log your blood sugar levels?
Based on your computer experience and interest level, which of the following would you be most likely to take part in?
Have you ever struggled with depression related to your diabetes?
How do you pay for your diabetes care and supplies?
How close are we to a cure for diabetes?
Viewpoints Columnist Rachel Baumgartel has been thinking about the future in her latest column. Do you think you have planned sufficiently for your health in the future?
Have you ever struggled with depression related to your diabetes?
What scares you the most about diabetes?
Have you ever experienced a low blood sugar while driving?
What best describes your eating pattern on a typical day?
Do you attend a diabetes support group?
Diabetes applications for cell phones and mobile devices are becoming more commonplace. What kind of phone do you own/use?
Did you gain weight this holiday season and if so how much?
Has testing or experiencing a low in public caused problems for you?
How many grams of carbohydrates do you consume each day, on average?
Where are you getting the majority of your diabetes information?
If you have type 2 diabetes, do you see an endocrinologist?
Are you a testaholic
Which carbs do you find hardest to resist?
Generally, is your diabetes diet...
Does your health insurance meet your diabetes needs?
Do concerns about hypoglycemia hinder your exercise routine?
If you have prediabetes or type 2, do you worry about taking insulin one day?
It's National Diabetes Month. What will you be doing to raise diabetes awareness?
What's your biggest holiday carb temptation?
If you could get good diabetes-friendly options at a fast food restaurant, would you:
Would you ever use cell phone or wireless device technology that helped you track blood glucose and manage your diabetes?
How do you track your blood glucose testing results?
Do you bake or cook with sugar substitutes?
If a diabetes emergency occurs when you are alone, do you have a plan of action ready?
What is the most challenging diabetes goal for your patients to achieve?
Do you prefer for inquisitive people to approach you about your diabetes on the job?
Do you think people with diabetes fit the category of “disabled”?
Testing is crucial. Do you test your blood glucose in public?
Is the current economic situation affecting your diabetes care?
A new study published in Cell Metabolism explains why many morbidly obese patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery show greater control of their diabetes symptoms within days. Would you consider having gastric bypass or another bariatric surgical procedure?
Dry eye syndrome, or keratoconjunctivitis, is twice as common in people with diabetes. Do you have dry eye issues?
Are you familiar with an ERP (Educator Resource Plan) and do you use it in your practice?
When you were first diagnosed, what was the hardest thing to learn about diabetes management?
Is your certified diabetes educator (CDE) making a difference in your management?
Does your cultural heritage or religion impact your diabetes eating plan?
Beyond meeting in person, or in office visits, how do you keep in touch with patients the most?
Should there be more distinction made between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
dLife Viewpoints Columnist Kerri Sparling has a 4-legged CGMS helping her. Do you have an unconventional way to detect diabetes emergencies?
What is your main creative outlet for dealing with diabetes?
How do you express your inner Diva-betic or Dude-abetic?
How do you celebrate your diabetes anniversary?
A new study in The Journal of Pain reported that patients with nerve pain showed reduced pain intensity from smoking marijuana. Would you consider marijuana use to reduce your pain?
This month, expert columnist A. Paul Chous is writing about laser therapy. If you have vision issues, would you try laser therapy to correct the problem?
Which of the 7 self-care behaviors do you find the most challenging to teach effectively in your role as a diabetes educator?
Studies confirm that pig islet transplants into people with type 1 diabetes can produce insulin. Would you be willing to undergo an islet transplant?
What is your idea of good diabetes control?
A prominent endocrinologist has called for a dramatic change in drug treatment standards for type 2 diabetes - metformin, TZDs, and Byetta right from diagnosis. Would you be willing to take three medications if it would improve your control?
dLife is 3 years old! What is your favorite thing about dLifeTV?
What is your main creative outlet for dealing with diabetes?
What is your primary health vice?
Which diabetes sin are you guilty of committing the most?
What health insurance hurdles are most often in your way?
Does your diabetes care doctor take the time to talk to you?
The dLife forum has been redesigned! What feature do you enjoy the most?
What diabetes concern will nag you the most during the Memorial Day holiday?
Are the people around you prepared to handle a diabetes emergency?
The Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (Abbott) was approved by FDA this week. Would you ever consider going on a CGMS?
Which Presidential candidate has the most appealing health plan?
What do you keep in your diabetes emergency supply kit?
Being a person with diabetes and involved in a sexual relationship means:
If you have experienced neuropathy, what do/did you do to treat it?
What do YOU know about diabetes?
Are the diabetes police breaking down your door?
When it comes to managing your diabetes, are you your own worst critic?
Should dLifeTV move to 6:30 PM EST or stay at 7 PM EST?
Other than diabetes, what medical condition most concerns you?
If you could take a vacation from your diabetes what would you do?
Feelings of depression tend to peak during the holidays. When you are feeling blue, what do you do?
Is diabetes health on your gift list this year?
What's your New Year's Diabetes Resolution?
The holidays have faded away and the weather outside is frightful. Are you...
How long have you or your loved one had diabetes?
What about diabetes frustrates you the most?
Are tattoos, piercings, and other body art taboo for people with diabetes?
How often do you stray from your healthy eating plan?
What do you enjoy most when your weekly dLife newsletter, dLife Update, arrives?
Do you ask your doctor about the new diabetes treatments you read about?
Do you feel you need to lose weight for better diabetes control?
It's National Diabetes Month. What will you be doing to raise diabetes awareness?
Has diabetes influenced your choice of profession?
Which Thanksgiving food presents the biggest challenge for you? (OR "is hardest to resist?")
Cold and flu season is here. Does your diabetes go out of control when you get sick?
What's your biggest diabetes challenge during the holidays?
What do you feel is the biggest drawback to insulin pump therapy?
Does spirituality help you manage your diabetes?
Are you concerned about losing your job if you reveal you have diabetes?
If you have diabetes, do you drink alcohol?
How do you manage your diet to manage your diabetes?
Have you ever been to a diabetes education class?
How does exercise benefit you the most?
When choosing foods that best fit your dietary needs, what is most important to you?
What is your favorite way to get fit?
How many different medications, prescription and over-the-counter combined, do you take each day?
How often do you exercise?
A recent study from the CDC reports that only 67.9% of people with type 2 diabetes reported getting an annual foot exam. Have you had a foot exam from a healthcare professional in the past year?
Do you have a sick day diabetes management plan?
Do you participate in diabetes forums?
How much diet soda do you drink?
If you took the Heart Disease Risk Quiz, what changes, if any, are you planning to make?
Are the people around you prepared to handle a diabetes emergency?
What do you hate THE MOST about diabetes?
Do you make diabetes blogs part of your regular net routine?
Does diabetes run in your family?
Do you get an annual dilated eye exam to check for diabetic eye disease?
How do you dispose of your lancets and syringe needles?
Do celebrities with diabetes have an obligation to come out publicly about their diabetes?
What is the BIggest challenge of warm weather diabetes management?
How are you spring cleaning YOUR diabetes?
Which best describes your attitude toward carbohydrates?
What's your diabetes type?
Do you think the healthcare reform bill will make a difference in your diabetes management?
Have you ever cut back on diabetes medication because of financial problems?
What was the hardest part of adjusting to your diabetes diagnosis?
What dietary strategies do you use to control your diabetes?
March is National Kidney Month. Do you get an annual kidney function test from your doctor?
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by Nicole Purcell
Holidays are tricky, no? Between managing diabetes among massive amounts of junk food, managing stress to manage bloodsugar among (sometimes) massive amounts of family squabbling, shopping stress and the like, and trying to get enough sleep and exercise in the cold winter months - it's a lot to handle. So I've got a two tier plan to keep bloodsugars at bay this year. Tier one - diet and exercise. Typically, at this time of year I do what I call the nutrition and gym...