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What A Diabetes Diagnosis Feels Like

We've heard a lot this week from doctors suggesting that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's Type 1 diabetes is no big deal.

But for patients, Type 1 diabetes requires constant blood sugar monitoring and frequent insulin shots — a major life adjustment by any standard.

Noah Kernis, 17, of New York City, was diagnosed just a month ago and spoke with NPR's Rebecca Davis for a segment in the Health Podcast this week about the puzzling symptoms he experienced prior to his diagnosis:



Kernis, who, incidentally, is the son of Jay Kernis, former NPR senior programming VP Jay Kernis, has quite a sweet tooth and admits to having trouble passing up the school bake sale. He misses candy, but tries to stay positive about the changes. Hear how he's coping:



Tune into the podcast for more on Kernis, physician recommendations on pregnancy weight gain, and green tea.

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