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July 26, 2016
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Minds in the Shadow of Chronic Illness


Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us... (READ MORE)

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Still Counting: Thirty-Two and a Half


I am in desperate need of a nap. Between frequent bathroom trips and constant tossing and turning overnight, my sleep has dwindled. But what do you expect at almost 33 weeks pregnant? My whole body is tired these days though. Two weeks ago, a mix of severe lightheadedness and some weird blood pressure readings at home had my doctor send me to Labor & Delivery for a couple of hours of observation. My blood pressure was fine while at the hospital and I haven’t been checking as... (READ MORE)

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Public Shaming is a Complication of Diabetes


There are two reasons it took me as long as it did to "come out" publicly with diabetes (and hypertension). One was denial: in my mind, I was too young to have type 2 diabetes — a condition I only knew in people over the age of 55 — and the other was fear of public shaming. Turn back the clock several years before my own diagnosis. Our workplace was a bit more stratified, with two editors above me. The elder of the two was somewhat overweight and, like many... (READ MORE)

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Pre-Borderline?


Years before I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, The Other Half came out of a doctor's appointment with a diagnosis of "borderline diabetes" and an ADA exchange diet sheet. His health insurance agency followed up on the diagnosis with a glucometer and test strips. After a year or so of trying to follow the diet plan and test his glucose levels, things appeared to be back in "normal" range, and stood there until a couple of years after my own diagnosis. Shortly... (READ MORE)

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Healthcare Killed By Privacy Freaks


Consider a world in which everyone's health data is SO private that no individual, no healthcare professional, no medical textbook can be certain about the cause of a person's symptoms, or how best to treat them. Amidst a myriad of expensive, highly-targeted pharmaceuticals and devices, therapy is a hit-or-miss proposition — provided one is wealthy enough to be able to try one, if not all, of them. In many ways, that's the state of diabetes care today. And if... (READ MORE)

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