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Diabetes Bites Newsletter


Last month, we asked for the percentage of U.S. adults who are tobacco users (including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco).

Congratulations to Becca Leppanen a pump & CGM user from Portland, Oregon, for being the first person with the correct answer.

ANSWER: The correct answer is 20.8%. Although tobacco use is down overall compared to a decade ago, it remains a significant problem for people with diabetes.  Besides multiplying the risk for heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and cancer, did you know that the vasoconstriction caused by nicotine actually impairs insulin absorption?  That’s right.  Tobacco use contributes to post-meal blood sugar “spikes”.



old insulin vialGiven that 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, let’s see if you can answer this question regarding everyone’s favorite hormone.  When insulin is produced by the pancreas, it isn’t exactly insulin yet… and it goes by a slightly different name.  What is it called when it is first secreted?

*The first person to submit the correct answer wins their choice of book from our in-store or online bookstore.

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