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July 25, 2016
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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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Thirty-One


I have really been struggling lately. Emotionally, physically, everything. Everyone keeps telling me how exciting of a time this is, especially now that we’re into the single-digit weeks countdown. Everyone is so excited and happy. Every conversation is “when are you due?,” “boy or girl?,” “first baby?,” and endless talks of baby preparation. Everyone except me. I am struggling to be excited and happy. On Wednesday, I told my husband that all I needed was to lay in bed with him... (READ MORE)

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Unintended Consequences of HITECH


Unlike some in the diabetes community, it didn't take much to sell me on the advantages of HITECH (the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) and the promises of electronic medical records. When so much of diabetes management depends on so many different healthcare specialties (primary care, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists and optometrists, podiatrists, dentists, nutritionists, cardiologists, etc.), having a central repository for one's healthcare information,... (READ MORE)

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