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World Diabetes Day: Save a Life

Zippora Karz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Zippora Karz

I didn't talk about my diabetes at all during the years I danced with the New York City Ballet. A ballerina is an athlete and psychologically I needed my directors and co-workers to perceive me as healthy.

Why You Should Know Your Genetic Health Profile

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

I did an interview with AccessDNA, a site devoted to helping people understand the genetics of rare and common disease. Knowing one's susceptibility might help them to make more informed decisions.

Food As A Pressured Event

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

I was a one, like so many today, with a body image distortion. And I could have ended up with Diabulimia, a condition affecting more and more young women and girls with type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes.

Diabetes, Self-Blame And The Power Of Kind Words

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

My diabetes was empowering in the sense that perhaps I could do something about it, but also set in play a tremendous amount of self-blame.

Loving the Process

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

We can't always be engaged in what we are doing. But by learning to be as present as we can we habituate ourselves to understand there is more of a reward in doing it than not.

Diabetes, Denial, And Perseverance

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

It would take me years to find a doctor I could trust and work with, and years to learn the right way to treat my diabetes and not give up on my dancing dream.