Hello, 2020! As we welcome a new year and decade, our Diabetes Online Community had plenty to say. Here are some of the excellent posts that caught our eye during this month of January (in no particular order).

(We share our favorites each month, and would love to include yours, too. Please ping us via email or on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.)

The national organization that supports professionals working in diabetes education announced a name change, to better match their new job title, unveiled last summer. The org formerly known as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) will henceforth be called the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES). Not everyone is cheering. Patient advocate Melissa Lee at Sweetly Voiced shares her POV on the practicality (or lack thereof) of this name change.

Fellow blogger Mila Clarke Buckley at The Hangry Woman captured the frustration that many of us felt when seeing type 2 diabetes stereotypes and body shaming put out there by celeb Jillian Michaels.

We loved seeing this Instagram image from Laura of @yourjustmytype1 highlighting celebrity type 1 Brec Bassinger, who some may recognize from her new TV role as DC Universe’s Stargirl on the CW Network.

Did you catch the recent episode of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship in which one of the contestants talked about her type 1 diabetes? D-Mom Stacey Simms spoke with the South Carolina girl and her mother recently on the Diabetes Connections podcast.

We appreciate this advocacy post by Renza at Diabetogenic, who has a call to action for our community in raising our voices on important issues. She wants us all to stand up, speak out, and remember to look out for each other by being “community minded.”

Tattoos are a point of pride for many in the Diabetes Community, and the Banting House museum in Canada wants PWDs (people with diabetes) to send images of their own skin ink. The pics will be put on display inside the historic house where insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting came up with the idea for this lifesaving medication. Got a diabetes tattoo? Be sure to participate!

Some Dexcom users have shared that their beloved CGMs aren’t working as they should, with the insertion needle not retracting as it’s supposed to. With this glitch, users must then find a way to dislodge the plastic applicator, which isn’t always easy. Some folks are getting creative about expressing their frustration, like this meme on Facebook that caught our eye:

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Image via Geoffrey Steinmen

“That’s Not Really Good For Diabetes” is the title Australia-based D-peep Frank Sita’s latest post on Type 1 Writes. It’s about the misinformed reaction he got when bringing a particular treat to a potluck. Read on for how Frank responded

Over on Instagram, Kristen Gil (@tacklingt1d_withkristeng) is celebrating her color-coordinated nail polish and finger-stick blood sugar test 🙂

Dear friend and fellow type 1 Heather Walker is doing some important research about diabetes and how it’s represented in society and culture. She is asking our community to help her collect different perspectives. We’re excited to share ours and to eventually see what materializes from her important work!

Thanks to all for enlightening posts this month! We look forward to more great material from our community as we move through 2020.