No, it’s not a yacht as Ertha Kitt sang. As a person with diabetes please don’t give me sweets or baked goods.
We all know the drill for Secret Santa: Find some little thing that says “Happy Holidays.” Make it pretty with fancy wrapping paper or a gift bags. (Ever spend more on the wrapping than the gift? But I digress.) Add it to the stack in the breakroom. And wait anxiously for the time when the gifts are opened.
Secret Santa poses a number of social dilemnas : Don’t spend more than the set amount. Make sure it’s not too personal. Make sure it’s safe for work. No inside jokes. Etc. Etc. Etc. Add diabetes to the mix and a fun holiday tradition can become one more obligation.
The New York Times ran an article last week on the high cost of diabetes—not for society, but for the individual.
Protecting Yourself From the Cost of Type 2 Diabetes [ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/13/health/13patient.html ]
By WALECIA KONRAD
Published: November 12, 2010
Diabetes patients spend $6,000 on average a year on care, one reason only 25 percent of diabetics get the treatment they need.
Oh wow. A useful article about the financial burden of diabetes. Then I read further…
The article asks what steps can patients take to reduce the cost of diabetes? Continue reading “The Cost of Testing”