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Riva Greenberg
The Fuller Picture... about me

Riva is a passionate diabetes advocate, educator and health coach sharing a flourishing–approach to diabetes with health professionals and people living with diabetes. She conducts workshops and gives lectures worldwide.

Having lived with type 1 diabetes for 43 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.

Riva is the author of three books: 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 also speaks across the U.S. as a peer-mentor and coaches patients to achieve better health. Riva writes a personal 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.

"I'm currently working on my fourth book about living with and treating diabetes from a flourishing approach rather than a coping approach. It's an opportunity for health professionals to inspire behavior change in their patients so that both have more successful outcomes."

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 ABCs 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 ABCs 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.

Entries by Riva Greenberg

The Invisibility of Type 1 Diabetes

(183) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 3:29 PM


Living with Type 1 diabetes is neither a fire walk nor a piece of cake. Pardon the pun. But often it feels like a fire walk. Every day and night watching your blood sugar to keep it in a safe place. Calculating and...

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The Hidden Cost of Diabetes Devices to Patients

(6) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 5:03 PM

I want to thank those who create the amazing devices that make my diabetes easier to manage and help me stay healthier. That said, there's a cost to new technology and devices we never talk about. It's the one to patients. And I'm not talking financial.

While devices lighten...

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People Disgusted by CrossFit's 'Open Diabetes' Coke Tweet

(26) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:33 AM


In a tweet Monday CrossFit's CEO Greg Glassman took credit for the above image. It created a backlash on social media. Mostly among people with Type 1 diabetes and parents of Type 1 kids.

Many parents were incensed that Mr. Glassman made...

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Why It's Not Your Fault You're Struggling With Your Diabetes

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:26 AM

You decide as you roll over and pull yourself out of bed that today will be different. Today you'll stick to your diet, eat only healthy foods, start that walking program and remember to take all your pills or shots. Like clockwork.

By mid-afternoon, if not mid-morning,...

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The Fantastic, Delicious, Super Low-Carb Muffin, Bread and Biscotti

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:56 AM

For the past seven years I've traveled the country speaking to hundreds of people with diabetes. What does everyone want to know: "What can I eat?!"

The cry rises midway through a presentation followed by, "I know I should cut my carbs but I can't give up______(fill in the...

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Man Marries Diabetes in Downtown New York City

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:09 PM

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The invitation read "Marry the Beast," and more than 100 people were in attendance. The marriage was actually a commitment ceremony. Paul Binder renewed the vows he had made to his Type 2 diabetes when diagnosed 18 years ago....

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Major Hypoglycemia News From Paris Diabetes Conference

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:52 PM

Severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) is the dreaded fear of most people with diabetes. It can kill you.

A few weeks ago at the Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes (ATTD) conference in Paris, the T1D Exchange announced two findings that may:

  1. Prompt legislation...
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Diabetes' Unspoken Threat, Hypoglycemia

(21) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 1:20 PM

My continuous glucose monitor (CGM) / Photo courtesy of Riva Greenberg

The morning I began this post about the recent American Association of Diabetes Educators' (AADE) survey that reveals many people with diabetes do not know what hypoglycemia (low blood...

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The Upside of Getting Lost in Managing Diabetes

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:27 PM

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This year I've noticed something within me compelling me to slow down. It may be age, for my like-aged friends agree.

It's not that we want to stop working or being exuberantly involved in life. Rather, we...

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25 Tips for Living With Diabetes

(9) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:58 PM

This holiday season I'm sharing the gift of tips -- real tips from real people living with diabetes.

Recently I was approached by a publisher to write a book of diabetes tips from medical professionals. Since those already exist, and most medical professionals don't live with diabetes, I thought...

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Two Toddlers and Their Brother Speak Out for Type 1 Diabetes

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 10:46 AM

As many of you know, this is diabetes month. I haven't written anything particular to honor the occasion. For as a poster declares outside of Central train station in Amsterdam, "For people with diabetes every day is diabetes day."

But I came across this video and found...

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The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Child With Type 1 Diabetes (an Amazing eBook)

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Joe Solowiejczyk is a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, family therapist and magician at putting families on the road to recovery when their child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

With the publication of Solowiejczyk's dynamic new digital video book, A Type...

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Corruption and Culture Increase Diabetes Deaths in India

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:47 AM

When I returned from Bangalore earlier this year, having worked with health professionals at a diabetes clinic for the poor, I expected to write about how access to insulin is a human right. I saw the poverty and the need.

But with the recent passing of

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Let's Stop Lying About Diabetes

(13) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:37 AM

You can't "control" diabetes. The very nature of blood sugar -- whether you have diabetes or not -- is to go up and down.

In a non-diabetic body, the pancreas sends out just the right amount of insulin to keep your blood sugar in a safe, normal range throughout...

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Simple Personal Systems for Big Health Benefits

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Have you been trying to lose weight or start exercising and can't get started or you're failing?

A typical breakfast meeting spread. Photo courtesy of Riva Greenberg

We like to think that our accomplishments are based on our merits, how strong and...

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Would the Marlboro Man Get Diabetes Today?

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I just returned from Findlay, Ohio where I addressed 25 people with Type 2 diabetes. Most of them use insulin and most rely on Medicaid for their insurance.

Yet Medicaid doesn't cover the cost of enough test strips for them to use insulin responsibly -- so their blood sugar...

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The Factory Farming of Patients

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:39 PM

When did we decide medicine was more about making money than making people well?

Yesterday I went for my annual mammogram. I go to the same medical imaging center each year. I know the drill -- take off shirt and bra, put on a thin blue robe...

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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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