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Riva Greenberg
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Riva holds the distinguished Lecture Award from the International Diabetes Federation for her education and advocacy. As a passionate diabetes educator, inspirational speaker and health coach, she is 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

UnitedHealthcare Takes Away Diabetes Devices

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 7:03 PM

If you've heard about UnitedHealthcare (UHC) limiting members to only Medtronic insulin pumps beginning July 1 and feel this is wrong, please go to "We are DPAC" (Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition) and say so.

UHC members will no longer have an in-network choice among insulin pump providers. UHC...

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Sharing Something Most Intimate, My Blood Sugar

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 8:52 AM

This is for all the parents and partners (type 3s) who live with us and love us. And for those who design diabetes devices. Their impact often goes beyond the user.

2016-04-24-1461501131-8404372-Bou.png The husband. Photo courtesy of Riva Greenberg.

"It's like I'm wearing...

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What Community Health Workers Can Teach Us

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:16 PM

Recently I was invited to Washington, D.C. to work on a project called HealthRise. HealthRise aims to expand access to care for diabetes and heart disease in underserved parts of the U.S., Brazil, India and South Africa.

Community Health Workers (CHW) are a vital resource in...

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How Health Insurance Companies Punish Patients

(15) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 1:00 PM

Who made health insurers God? My friend and I said the same thing the other day, "Insurance companies are running health care. And it's scary."

Increasingly health insurance companies are deciding what medicine we get regardless of what our doctors prescribe.

Last year my...

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Why You Should Know About Medical Fitness and Lisa Dougherty

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 8:36 AM

Lisa Dougherty was inspired by her father, a four-time cancer survivor, to leave her job on Wall Street and pursue a career in helping others. In her 30s, she went back to school and started her own medical fitness business. That was the beginning.

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Dr. Hyman's Fat Summit Findings

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 4:35 PM


Those who follow me on Facebook saw me litter my page this week with a bunch of screen shots from Dr. Mark Hyman's "The Fat Summit."

I'll say right now, contrary to what you probably think based on the photo above, we are...

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Falling in Love With My Father Now That It's Almost Over

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 4:03 PM

Photos courtesy of Riva Greenberg

My father began to leave us, mentally, two years ago. We were looking at photos on my mother's computer when he pointed to his granddaughter on screen and called her his aunt. My mother, brother,...

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Why Are We Ignoring Diabetes Education?

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Diabetes is a self-managed condition. That means the person with diabetes must take care of it each and every day --- and know how to do so.

There's an infinite amount of things they must know including how foods impact blood sugar, blood pressure and kidney health. The benefits of...

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Diabetes New Year's Resolutions, Nah!

(3) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 1:06 PM

2016-01-03-1451854535-1228505-Indiabeticshead.jpg Cartoons by Haidee Soule Merritt. Used with permission.

I don't make New Year's resolutions. Let's be frank, where in my brain would there be room for them? From the second I open my eyes to the moment I close them, my...

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Follow Zoe Run Her 3rd Marathon With Type 1 Diabetes

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 1:00 PM

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Nov. 1 Zoe Heineman is running her third NYC marathon. You can track Zoe during the race by downloading this app. Her bib is #47936.

Zoe's biggest challenge will not be the...

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The Invisibility of Type 1 Diabetes

(200) 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

(7) 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

(28) 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

2015-03-18-1426697340-2917254-1ScreenShot20150318at12.46.57PM.png Photo credit Michael Dote.

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

2014-12-14-snowybench.png Photo courtesy of Riva Greenberg

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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