Walt Raleigh Bio
Walt Raleigh is a corporate communications manager who lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, his elderly Chow Chow, and an irascible tomcat. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005, he has been eating better and exercising, and taking off weight (not enough, and not fast enough, but it's happening.)
Meditations on the Pound Cake Lady
Working to lower diabetes stress levels without succumbing to cake.
There's big money to be made - or lost - addressing the needs of diabetics.
A Diabetic in Cold and Flu Season
Things to watch out for when you catch what's going around the office.
Diabetes in the News
If the newspaper knows more than your doctor, consider a switch.
Medical Urban Legends
Weeding out truth from lies on the internet.
When the Treatment Might Be Worse Than the Disease
To make good decisions, you have to have good information.
Can you drink nonalcoholic beer all night, stay away from the curly fries, and still have a good time?
Anywhere But Here (Unfortunately)
Stem cell research is already starting to pay off for diabetics, just not for those in the US.
A Dose of Persepective
Global view of diabetes brings home reality of managing this disease.
Last Tango in Hartford
How insurance companies make life interesting for diabetics
New Year's Irresolution
Making changes slowly but surely.
dLife's Daily Living columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team to find out what will work best for you.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...