About Elizabeth Snouffer

Who am I and where have I been?  What gives me the right to write about diabetes?
Two things.  Experience and passion.

I created diabetes 24-7 in 2004, and have dedicated much effort to keeping it current while I have traveled all over the world – working, raising a family, writing and making sense of my illness in the modern world.  I have had type 1 diabetes for 39 years without any major complications, other than OCD related to BG numbers! Patients like me who were diagnosed in the 1970s or previous to that time and are still managing today have witnessed a great deal, including the emergence of new technologies which have allowed us to live longer and better lives.

I have managed insulin pump therapy with some of the best experts in diabetes care in the world in New York, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore. My travels and my work have given me the opportunity to meet the best and brightest in medicine and scientific research, and my global understanding is what makes my perspective in diabetes information relevant to a diverse population. 


Today, I am editor for the International Diabetes Federation (www.IDF.org) publication, Diabetes Voice and occasionally write about health for the South China Morning Post. I also consult and am currently working on a variety of creative projects here in Singapore where I live and in the US, all to progress care and cure for people living with diabetes.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment here or on the diabetes 24-7 facebook page.  I will always reply within a few days.

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Burcu April 1, 2010 at 04:15

Hi Elizabeth,
have recently come across your blog.
I have been a diabetic for 27 years (am 34 now), and on the pump for the last 3.
I am currently based in Paris, France though I have been moving around for the last 12 years (originally from Istanbul, moved to the UK first, then sweden, then to the netherlands and now in France). quite a few health systems I have been exposed to.
however, I am finding the french one the most challenging, so far(mainly because of the lack of expertise on the insulin pump). I saw that you have also lived in France at some point. I was wondering how your experience here has been. any tips?
many thanks
burcu

Elizabeth Snouffer April 21, 2010 at 22:01

Hi Burcu

I just now saw your comment to my author page! So sorry! I traveled from London to Paris for a year working with Sanofi headquarters there. I “worked” there rather than lived there, but I will give your question some thought.
One very basic idea is to is to contact the French Association of Diabetic Patients (AFD), http://www.afd.asso.fr/ · afd@afd.asso.fr. They will not give you a specific doctor but they might give you a list of endocrinologists working with the pump. Also, contact your pump manufacturer and ask them who is on their client list (they will give out clinic names for sure).
Also, when I lived in Italy, I asked my NYC doctor to recommend someone for me in Rome given the number of International Conferences he attended – I knew he knew someone. Try asking your previous doctor.
Two other ideas, get on TU Diabetes (see right side of blog for link) and just put your question out there. There are quite a few Europeans on that site, and last but not least contact the JDRF/UK or Diabetes UK in Great Britain. These two UK based orgs are extremely helpful and may have some information about colleagues over the channel (or chunnel).

All the best
e.

amy mercer September 9, 2010 at 00:10

Hi Elizabeth,
I’m contacting you because I am writing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health and would love to interview you. The chapters will be broken down into different topics that affect women with diabetes such as eating, dating, work, travel, marriage, exercise and motherhood…..I would love to talk with you about travel, and any other topics if you are interested in sharing your stories!
Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!
Amy

Joel V September 28, 2010 at 02:51

I just found your website and I really do appreciate all of the interesting articles you have posted. I am thinking of moving to China and I am a type 1 diabetic. I have done some research but couldn’t find out any information on purchasing insulin in china. I noted that a lot of expats from the US are bringing their insulin with them but what if you plan to live there for more than a few months? You’ve been all over and figured you might have some helpful info. Where do I start (say I was moving to mainland China . . Beijing)? – Thanks in advance, Joel

Elizabeth Snouffer September 28, 2010 at 22:42

Hi Joel
No need to bring insulin over to China if you are moving here (semi) permanently. Patients bring insulin because overseas prescriptions aren’t valid here ( and crossing borders with prescriptions doesn’t work anywhere to the best of my knowledge.) Novo Nordisk and Lilly have major manufacturing plants here so all pharmacies carry insulin although they may have to special order a particular brand – this usually takes a day. Determining your location is the most important factor, and after that finding the best doctor for your diabetes. I am familiar with doctors in Shanghai and Hong Kong, but I am sure Beijing will not be a problem. The internet makes targeting info relatively easy and most physicians in China are proficient in English. Before I move abroad I always contact local hospitals or academic facilities with a diabetes center – research, teaching or care. If you have international insurance coverage, the insurance company may offer you referrals. (if a company is moving you, ask for SOS: http://www.internationalsos.com/en/) The local American Embassy/Consulate for any city in China will also provide American Citizens with a list of specialists and general physicians. It also makes sense to speak to your current endocrinologist, and if he/she does not have a contact in China, chances are they may have contact with another doctor who does. The world of endocrinology is very small. One other thought is to contact Joslin and the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (http://aadi.joslin.org/content/aadi-team) – it would surprise me if the doctors listed here don’t have contacts in Asia/China. There are so many avenues which will lead you to good care. Hope this helps. Let me know when your plans are firm and where! elizabeth

Joel V September 28, 2010 at 23:21

Thank you so much for your help. In the meantime I did manage to find a hospital focused on diabetic care in Beijing: http://www.diabetes-hospital.com/. Your contacts and suggestions will be a big help and thanks again – I am 34 and have been a type 1 now for 23 years and your articles and links are a great help. I’ll keep you posted of any updates. Thanks again, Joel

Sarah Dyer Dana November 16, 2010 at 13:25

Dear Elizabeth:
I have just been introduced to your blog and I am amazed by the number of resources and quality of commentary you offer. I can only imagine how much time and energy it takes to manage such a well-done site. I have you bookmarked and expect to check in often…my eight year old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 day ago. I have a lot to learn.
Thanks so much,
Sarah (in Hong Kong)

Greg Chason January 4, 2011 at 22:31

Elizabeth,

Chip told me to hit you up here as you may be interested in my situation. Quick backstory, my natural father was diabetic all his life, but I did not get it until I was 22 (18 years ago) and have been using a pump for about 17 years. Well my situation is that when I get sick (virus, bug, etc.) my sugar levels drop to dangerously low levels. This exact thing happened to me on the afternoon of Christmas, I caught a stomach bug and in a half an hour my sugar levels went from 91 to 42. Knowing what I know about my body I decided to try a little experiment, while I was running a fever, I unhooked my pump and was drinking Gatorade to keep fluids in me. I was able to keep this going for 6 hours, never getting my blood sugars above 65, after 6 hours I was back up to 137 and I hooked my pump back up and finally went up to around 225 at the highest after I started feeling better. This then got me thinking, could my immune system be leaving my islet cells from my pancreas alone when it goes after a bug, and could this be used to help some diabetics trick the body into leaving the islet cells alone? I talked to another diabetic about this but he says his blood sugars shoot up when he gets sick, so it seems that this might only work some of the time (if at all). your thoughts on this since you research this would be quite insightful

Greg (Baltimore)

Sheri May 4, 2011 at 17:20

I have only known about my disease (Type 1) since 2001. I found out the hard way, severe pain in my feet. My story is on my blog if your interested http://www.themotivationalgirl.blogspot.com under the My Story tab.

Looking forward to seeing your posts.

Aliza Chana June 2, 2011 at 20:40

Elizabeth,
I’m so happy that I found your website! I’m somewhat new to the diabetes online community… I started blogging in March, and I’m loving every second of it! I’m blogging, tweeting, and posting to Facebook now and advocating for diabetes through JDRF and I’m a Diabetes Diplomat through the Diabetes Research Foundation.
You can see more of my story on my website… http://alizawithdiabetes.blogspot.com . I will keep reading your website. I love everything here!
Thanks for writing!

Greer B. June 21, 2011 at 01:58

Hi Elizabeth,

I am writing on behalf of Store A Tooth, one of the nation’s leading biobanking firms, to make sure you are aware of a recent study that links dental stem cell pulp and the hope for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. In short, there is a new sort of tooth fairy in town. While the science is early, it’s promising and given the tone of your blog I thought it would be something you’d be interested in learning more about and potentially covering for your readers. I’ve included more info about the study and the general process of dental stem cell banking below; or email me specifically with more specific questions.

Thanks for writing this great blog — Greer

Could Dental Stem Cells Cure Type 1 Diabetes? The study used dental stem cells to create islet-like cell aggregates that produced insulin in a glucose-dependent manner. These stem cells were from baby teeth of children age 7-11 years old, taken out during routine dental care (teeth that were naturally falling out or being extracted to make room for braces). For more information, click here: http://www.store-a-tooth.com/diseases/diabetes.php or http://www.store-a-tooth.com/pdf/PR030911.pdf

The Pros and Cons of Banking Stem Cells: It’s now possible to save your family’s stem cells through a process called dental stem cell banking. It is useful to point out that stem cells from teeth are plentiful, non-controversial, convenient to retrieve, and more affordable to bank. Unlike stem cells found in bone marrow or umbilical cord blood, retrieving dental stem cells is non-invasive, can happen at various times during youth, and they can be banked for 1/3 to ½ the cost of umbilical cord. For more information on banking visit http://www.storeatooth.com.

Eric Korenman August 9, 2011 at 19:57

Elizabeth-

Nice site! Just wanted to let you know about the site I’ve just started called http://www.thelaststrip.net
First pages explains it all. I’m trying to raise awareness through photography (my secondary career) http://www.korenman.com

cheers,
good numbers!,
Eric

Zeynep Bursal November 12, 2011 at 12:53

Hi Elizabeth,

I came across your wonderful and insightful blog, and wanted to share our company’s unique handbags that are specifically designed for people that live with Type1. What separates our bags from others on the market is the inside: everything has a place and you can find it easily, but your condition doesn’t hit you in the face every time you carry or open the bag. Further, most of our designs have dual “public” and “private” sides, so that you can store your Type1 supplies discreetly if you so desire. Our website also offers a range of portable and home dietary scales that make it easy to keep track of carbs, wherever you are.

Type1 has been a part of our lives for over 5 years, ever since our younger daughter was diagnosed in April 2006. I decided soon after her diagnosis that I would “become her pancreas” and keep her as healthy as any of her peers. What a joy it is to see her growing and flourishing as she is! Part of our success, I am certain, is that my daughter is at peace with her condition and accepts its occasional hardships as part of life. In turn, I wanted to create our handbags as a way to help others manage their condition with comfort and ease, without sacrificing style in the process. I hope that you will find the site worth sharing with your readers: http://www.type1living.com.

Sincerely,
Zeynep

Alicia November 30, 2011 at 11:04

Hi Elizabeth, I write for Foodie Magazine and am working on a piece on diabetes and would love to interview you if you have time. Please contact me on the above email address if you are interested.

many thanks!
Alicia

Tracy Rose March 28, 2012 at 02:22

Hi Elizabeth,

We were wondering if you could include http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes as a resource on http://www.diabetes24-7.com/

Healthline provides a very comprehensive overview of Type 2 Diabetes as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.

For more information, visit: http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Warm Regards,

Tracy

Debra March 29, 2012 at 03:56

Hi, Elizabeth,
The editors of Diabetic Living Online love your blog and would like to offer you a free Tip of the Day widget to embed in it — a great tool that offers practical advice, motivational tips, great diabetes-friendly recipes, and more. Please contact me if you’re interesting in getting the code.
Thanks,
Debra Steilen
Contributing Editor, Diabetic Living Online

Kristin May 29, 2012 at 05:21

Hi

I am a type 1 diabetic and am traveling for 2 months to thailand. I will be in hostels most of the time and, therefore, will likely not have access to a fridge all the time. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep insulin from going bad over this time without a fridge?

Thanks so much

Anita Rein June 1, 2012 at 01:01

Hi Elizabeth!
I am in awe of your accomplishments and passion not only for life but in chronic illness as well. I am 35 and have had type 1 for 18 years. There of course were many bleak periods of bad control ,mishaps,denial as a result I do have some neuropathy both peripheral and autonomic. I would like to know how I can contribute at all to your site. My interest in chronic illness has turned to action for others. Although I have never been published in my heart and hand I am a writer.Would love to somehow turn the passion towards “the sugar” as my clients ,mostly elderly (I am a personal trainer)
into a contribution to your site. You are truly amazing.
Looking forward to your response:)

Melvin October 18, 2012 at 20:30

I just came across your website. Just graduated from Columbia last year and was diagnosed 2 months after. There’s still some debate whether I’m a type 1.5 or not. I’ve been following Dr. Bernstein’s book since Sept 2011 but since moving back to this part of the world, have been on the lookout for resources and developments in this part of the world. Really pleased to have come across your site especially appreciate the information on China and Hong Kong.

Great job!

Elizabeth Snouffer October 31, 2012 at 07:05

Thanks Melvin – GREAT to hear from you! Where are you? Asia?
warm regards

Sarah C February 13, 2013 at 14:32

Hi Elizabeth,

I am a researcher at the University of Virginia where we are recruiting participants for a study related to Type 1 diabetes and driving. We are hoping to help people with Type 1 diabetes lower their risk for hypoglycemic-related automobile accidents. Would you be willing to post this blurb (see below) about our study? Thank you for your consideration!

Sarah

Driving Safely With Type 1 Diabetes
Research has shown that a few people with Type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk for having traffic accidents due to low blood sugars.

Possibly, we can help the diabetes community.

Researchers at the University of Virginia are conducting a study evaluating internet tools designed to:
• Anonymously assess risk for ALL drivers with Type 1 diabetes of being in an accident and
• Potentially help reduce the chance of high-risk drivers being in a future collision.

The study is strictly confidential and the data collected will not be shared with any other person or agency. The study is done in your own home at your own convenience (no visits to clinics). Participants may earn up to $270 in internet gift cards.

For more information, please visit http://www.diabetesdriving.com. IRB-HSR# 15360

Nikki Grossman April 23, 2013 at 10:53

Dear Victoria,

My name is Nikki Grossman and I am the Director of Marketing for Hope Paige Medical ID Marketplace. Here at Hope Paige, our mission is to offer safety with style by providing fashionable medical ID jewelry. As an industry leader, we are committed to helping our customers protect themselves without feeling branded by their condition.

We are sponsoring an online TV series called Charmed for Life, which highlights inspirational stories of individuals facing different obstacles in their lives. “Dedication”, one of the six installments, follows Christina, a woman whose diagnosis of type 1 diabetes as a teen inspired her to start the College Diabetes Network, an organization that provides support for college students with diabetes. Christina’s story exemplifies strength and provides inspiration and support for others who face the same every day challenges.

We would like to continue to spread this incredible story and ask for your support in sharing this video on your blog as we believe your readership would appreciate this awareness campaign. As a thank you, we would love to offer you a bracelet to use as a giveaway on your site.

This video can be viewed at http://charmedforlife.tv/dedication-a1/.

We would greatly appreciate your support! Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Nikki Grossman
Hope Paige Medical ID Marketplace
100 Front Street, Suite 300
W. Conshohocken, PA 19428
O: 610.234.0093
http://www.hopepaige.com/
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Cheryl May 7, 2013 at 21:16

Wow I just found your site. My history w/ diabetes is different, I had Ges Diabetes over 30 yrs ago, while pregnant with my first child, had 2 other pregnancies that were fine. My oldest child suffered from many strange illnesses all through his life, I had many conversations with Dr’s that went something like this “but dr. he has , this this this & this, could it be diabetes ( walks like a duck)?”Oh no of course not the Dr would say, look at him a big boy like that of course not.” So I kept him active, watched his carb intake and made it to his 16th year, before he was admitted to the local ER with BG well over 550. Beta cell production was about 8 percent, he required insulin, he was the right age for T1 but he still had pancreatic function so T2 …. I Dont think anyone really knows, except he is very insulin Resistant. He has always struggled with his weight and has already had part of his foot. Long story right, sorry about that. But I read your article about going No Carbs and he has done it many times, and it just doesnt work. You can not get the required nutrition on the long term. I am a personal trainer and Yoga therapist and I have had many clients tell me they go very lo carb or even no carb (aka Adkins) and love it, they lose weight, but at what cost and I dont know anyone that lives like that long term, well at least lives healthy and well.
Thank you for this site I plan to pass it on to my son and his wife, she is T1, became diabetic at 24 due to a virus. I am currently writing a paper for a training program I am in, a research paper about Yoga and how diabetics can benefit from it.
Namaste!
Cheryl

Leila May 7, 2013 at 21:47

Thank you Elizabeth for taking the time last night at the Health UP (UP Singapore) to talk to us. I didn’t get a chance to catch up with you before the night ended as I hoped to. Would there be any chance you will be sharing your slides?

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lloyd evans August 26, 2013 at 13:25

Hi Elizabeth,

A fascinating site, thank you. I’m 49, a pre-diabetic male from London, UK. I’m deeply concerned that the diabetes epidemic threatens to wreck Britain’s national health service and I’ve written a short blog (www.lloydevans.org) outlining the causes. It may help save us from this worldwide crisis.

Hope you enjoy it
Lloyd Evans

Nina Serpiello September 18, 2013 at 01:38

Elizabeth,
I am writing to ask permission to use an image found on your website. I am the designer of an educational Diabetes awareness video being produced for the DiabetesMine conference, which will be held at Stanford Medical School this November. DiabetesMine is a patient advocacy, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovation and solutions. The video will be shown at the conference, attended by 100 industry stakeholders, and will be posted publicly on YouTube. The image we’d like to feature, for a few seconds, is:
http://www.diabetes24-7.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/diabetesdevices.diabetes24-7.jpg
I am willing to include a photo credit on the image if necessary. I would be happy to send you a link to the video when it is available. Please reply. I must finalize our asset choices asap.
Many thanks,
Nina Serpiello
nserpiello@gmail.com

lee trotman southern california edison October 1, 2013 at 12:49

Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative.
I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
Numerous people will be benefited from your writing.
Cheers!

shahida begum February 14, 2014 at 20:48

But I read your article about going No Carbs and he has done it many times, and it just doesnt work. You can not get the required nutrition on the long term. I am a personal trainer and Yoga therapist and I have had

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