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Riva Greenberg
The Fuller Picture... about me

Having lived with type 1 diabetes for 42 years, Riva is committed through her research, writing, workshops and lectures to help others live an exceptional life, not despite having diabetes but because of it, using diabetes as a catalyst to create a healthier, happier, more meaningful life. Riva is the author of three books on diabetes: an instruction book for managing diabetes, Diabetes Do's & How-To's, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It and the primer for developing emotional strength and resilience, The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes. She also tells her story in, My Sweet Life: Successful Women With Diabetes. Riva is also part of QuantiaMD's series, "Ask the Patient" to help health care professionals work more effectively with their patients.

Riva has conducted more than 150 interviews with people living with diabetes, family members and diabetes professionals to inform her work and research. Riva travels across the U.S. delivering educational/motivational presentations to fellow patients and health professionals and coaches patients to achieve better health. Riva also writes a blog on her web site,

Named by Sharecare Now as "sixth most influential diabetes influencer online." A Key Opinion Leader (KOL) to pharmaceutical companies and diabetes organizations, Riva has been a communications professional in advertising, marketing, branding and change communication for over twenty-five years.

Riva also donates her books. "In 2009 I gave away 2,000 of my books at the International Diabetes Federation World Congress in Montreal. This was my way of thanking the medical community for all they do for us." In 2010 she donated 150 copies of her book, The ABC's Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes, through Dex4, to families at the Children With Diabetes conference. She also annually donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The ABC's Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes to diabetes organizations. She has donated to Diabetes Research Institute, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Hands Foundation and Insulin For Life.

"I'm currently working on my fourth book about flourishing with a chronic illness and creating a curriculum to help diabetes professionals inspire behavior change in their patients so that both have more successful outcomes."

Entries by Riva Greenberg

28-Year-Old Erin Little Is Changing Diabetes Care in India

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 1:16 PM

"Every day I see children, 10 years old, going blind because their families can't afford insulin. That is what inspires me to fight for them. Who will speak for them if no one shares their story?"
-- Erin Little

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Time for Your Type 1 Diabetes Medal?

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:38 PM

2014-04-01-50frontandback.png Joslin Diabetes Center's 50-year medal.
Photo credit ©Joslin Diabetes Center

In my last post, "Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained," I talked about the challenges and intense management one endures living with, and managing, Type 1 diabetes.


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Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained

(44) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Let me say this with no exaggeration. My whole life, all day, all night, every day and each night is about keeping my blood sugar between the red and yellow lines. Whether I'm wearing, or not wearing, my continuous glucose monitor (CGM), screen pictured below.

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Chronic Illness' Opportunity for Patients and Providers

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 9:33 PM

Typically, we don't think about illness offering us anything positive. But it can, and it does for countless numbers of people.

After the initial stages of shock and grief, many people develop greater resilience and go on to what I call "flourish." Live in a way that makes their...

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The IDF Takes New Steps to Stop Diabetes

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:36 PM

(The "Young Leaders in Diabetes." Photo courtesy of Riva Greenberg.)

Last month I attended the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Congress in Melbourne. This was the largest diabetes conference ever held in Australia -- with over 10,000 clinicians, researchers, industry...

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The Antidote to Living With Diabetes

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:48 PM

As Diabetes Month ends, I don't know how much we've accomplished. I don't know how many more people with diabetes will take better care of themselves. Or how many people realized they may have undiagnosed diabetes and went to get a fasting blood sugar test.

I do know that...

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IDF Releases New Dire Diabetes Stats and Projections

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 1:38 PM

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) -- the umbrella organization for 200 diabetes associations in more than 160 countries -- just released its 2013 Diabetes Atlas. It cites current statistics and the rise of diabetes worldwide.

If you've been following the trend in diabetes,...

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Health Ills That Can Come With Years of Diabetes

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:35 AM

November is Diabetes Month. This month you'll hear more about diabetes symptoms and risk factors than you will all year.

But there's something you won't hear about. The health challenges those of us who've lived with diabetes for decades may face. There's little research on it;...

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12 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight for Good

(17) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:36 PM

You're 10, 20, 30 or more pounds overweight and you've dieted, on and off, for years. You've lost weight and then put it back on and more.

Why? Diets don't work. Today we know diets don't work. Even Weight Watchers says so. Restricting calories again and again alters your metabolism....

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Diabetes Websites to Improve Your Care

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 9:34 AM

As health care costs continue to skyrocket and providers' time continues to shorten, more and more we are being asked to take care of ourselves.

Thus, the explosion in medical gadgets like home blood pressure cuffs, tools like pedometers and watches that show your heartbeat -- and Web-based information.

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What Happens When Doctors Go Too Slow

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 3:58 PM

I just returned from the American Association of Diabetes Educator's national conference. About 2,500 educators attended out of approximately 17,000 in the country. (The 17,000 educators for now more than 26 million people with diabetes is another story!)

I attended as a presenter (

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How Medicare Is Robbing Your Health

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 7:24 AM

Medicare and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are choosing to lower costs at the expense of your health. They are allowing cheap and faulty blood sugar test strips into the marketplace. Test strips that have been proven -- the FDA admits -- to give inaccurate glucose readings....

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The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:30 PM

In my last post, "Can We Let Doctors Be Human?" I interviewed Dr. Danielle Ofri, an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and author of four books.


Her latest book, What Doctors Feel is...

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Can We Let Doctors Be Human?

(7) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 9:57 PM

"When I was pregnant with my first child, I had to get an ultrasound and an amnio but I couldn't find the office. I walked up and down the hallway of my own hospital and I couldn't find where I needed to go! I was so lost and no one...

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Forgotten Dimension of Diabetes Revealed in DAWN2 Study

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Would you be surprised to know family members of people with diabetes share similar emotional difficulties as their loved ones? Many health care providers don't acknowledge the self-blame and anxieties that keep diabetes patients away for years? Enough people report positive experiences with diabetes that it's leading to a new...

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The Lie That's Killing Us: Pre-Diabetes

(37) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Pre-diabetes is a lie. Pre-diabetes is Stage 1 diabetes. And I'm taking a stand now advocating that we call it what it is.

Pre-diabetes doesn't exist. And the lie we tell that it does does incredible harm. It stops the nearly 80 million Americans we...

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Turning Diabetes Over to the Bionic Pancreas

(13) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 11:22 AM

I considered titling this "Anna Floreen Was Diabetes-Free for 5 Days," because she was and now she's not. And I'm curious what that transition has been like -- picking up your chronic illness again after you dropped it from your shoulders and walked off into the sunshine, so to speak.

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10 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Packaged Foods

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Cream powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fat), "flavors," saturated fats, sodium, controversial ingredients and added sugar. That was dinner for thousands, maybe millions, of babies and toddlers last night who ate Gerber Graduates Lil' Meals Pasta Shells and Cheese.

Most of us know the healthiest foods are...

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Stop Eating So Many Carbs -- They Make You Fat

(70) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:08 PM

There's been a weighty debate in this country for at least a decade: What makes us fat, carbohydrates or fat?

After years of following alternative weight loss thinkers for my personal knowledge and recently to help people normalize their weight and maximize their health, in my new book

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DRI's BioHub May Cure Type 1 Diabetes

(8) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 10:46 AM

DRI believes the BioHub is the next breakthrough and perhaps the final breakthrough.

Scientists at the renowned Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami may be just five to seven years away from curing Type 1 diabetes. The institute is taking quick and dramatic steps toward...

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