Who better to blog about diabetes than Jane, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 40 years, and has been helping others live well with diabetes for over 20 years. Read My Bio

Jane K. Dickinson is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She has lived with type 1 diabetes for 40 years, and has been helping others live well with diabetes for over 20 years. Jane is the Program Coordinator and faculty for the Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management program at Teachers College Columbia University. This innovative program is preparing the next generation of diabetes education leaders. She is also the author of two diabetes-related books and maintains a blog on her website, www.janekdickinson.com.

Jane K.'s Latest Posts

  • Reinvent Your Diabetes Life

    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Blogs Topic: Health

    Certified diabetes educator Jane Dickinson challenges you to take a look at your life and make a positive change that can start you down a different, more satisfied path.

  • Making Peace with Diabetes

    Saturday, April 04, 2015

    Blogs Topic: Health

    Long-time diabetes veteran and certified diabetes educator Jane Dickinson talks about accepting diabetes, especially through the understanding of what the experience of having the disease teaches people.

  • Hope and Diabetes

    Friday, December 05, 2014


    No matter where peoples' thoughts turn to, it's always important to turn back to hopeful feelings about the present and the future.

  • Diabetes is Small

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Blogs Topic: Social Life

    Jane Dickinson talks about the enormity of this date for America, and how it serves as a reminder about our daily struggles versus weighing the bigger picture.

  • News for LADA

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Blogs Topic: Newly Diagnosed

    Certified diabetes educator Jane Dickinson talks about some recent news that may potentially help people with Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA).

  • Red Light, Green Light

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    Blogs Topic: Advocacy

    There is a hospital that studied what happened when they labeled food in their cafeteria with traffic light colors. Green means healthy choice,...

  • A New Wording for Weight Loss

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014


    If you’ve read several of my posts, then you probably know that I think the words we use are important. I believe that language makes a...

  • Eye Disease and Diabetes

    Friday, March 28, 2014


    We all have our fears related to diabetes, and my biggest one is eye disease (retinopathy). All my diabetes life I’ve heard scary statistics...

  • Do You Exercise?

    Friday, March 07, 2014

    Blogs Topic: Exercise

    I just read an article that says research has now shown that people “who were asked about their exercise habits, lost more weight and lowered...

  • What the Dentist Said

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014


    ​I have more to report from some presentations I attended recently. There was a dentist on a panel of health professionals, and when asked to...

  • What is Hemoglobin A1C?

    Thursday, January 02, 2014

    Blogs Topic: Advocacy

    I attended a diabetes update the other day, and wanted to share what I learned. The speakers were great, but I was possibly even more impressed...

  • Are We Surviving or Thriving?

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013


    I spent some time with a women’s group recently and something very important came up: thriving comes from the positive while surviving comes...

  • Memory and Diabetes

    Tuesday, December 03, 2013

    Blogs Topic: Mental

    Many of us with diabetes worry about the long-term effects of low blood glucose (hypoglyemia) on our brain cells. There is evidence that severe lows...

  • Veggies for Kids

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013


    Isn’t this a fun idea? A ‘tasting game’ for kids – to introduce them to veggies and help them develop a taste for them. I...

  • Big Blue 'Test'

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    Blogs Topic: Advocacy

    Have you heard about the “Big Blue ‘Test‘”? This is a project that the Diabetes Hands Foundation has been doing for several...

  • Another Happy Blood Glucose

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013


    I had a conversation with a gentleman whose blood glucose was 117 this morning. I got very excited, because this number has huge significance for me,...

  • Carbohydrate Counting - The Upside

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013


    Many people use carb counting as a meal planning approach to managing diabetes. Carb counting came out of a huge study that was conducted in the...

  • Sugar-Free Binges

    Friday, October 11, 2013


    When you drink “sugar-free” beverages, do you crave more sweets? Do you go for the “real deal”? The research has gone back...

  • Hypoglycemia and Cardiovascular Health

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013


    Managing diabetes is about protecting blood vessels. High blood glucose (sugar) over time can lead to damage in both large (macro) and small (micro)...

  • Which 'Diet' is Best?

    Wednesday, September 04, 2013


    I listened to a wonderful lecture by David Katz, MD, recently. Dr. Katz is an expert in nutrition and wellness, along with adult health and disease...