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Riva is a passionate diabetes advocate and educator 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 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.

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, diabetesstories.com.

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

25 Tips for Living With Diabetes

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:58 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 | 11:46 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 | 12:30 PM

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 | 11:47 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 | 12:37 PM

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 | 2:25 PM

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

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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 | 1:25 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 | 1:39 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 | 2:16 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 | 2:38 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.

Thousands...

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Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained

(44) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 5:45 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 | 10:33 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 | 3:36 PM

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(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 | 4:48 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 | 2:38 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 | 12:35 PM

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 | 5:36 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 | 10:34 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 | 4:58 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 | 8:24 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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