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”
A medical ID is more than a piece of jewelry. It’s a kind of safety net. If I get so seriously injured or sick that I cannot speak for myself this ID says I need specialized medical attention.
Did you catch a glimpse of silver at my neck? Or was it gold? Maybe it was on my wrist you saw it.
The “it” is my medical ID. It’s a piece of jewelry (often kind of ugly) that identifies me as a person with a medical condition. It’s more than jewelry; it’s a kind of safety net. First responders and medical professionals are trained to look for it. If I get so seriously injured or sick that I cannot speak for myself this ID says I need specialized medical attention.
Today’s Theme: Let’s take control of diabetes. Now. With 285 million people worldwide (that’s 6.4% of the world’s population) living with diabetes it’s been called a pandemic.
Today’s Theme: Let’s take control of diabetes. Now.
With 285 million people worldwide (that’s 6.4% of the world’s population) living with diabetes it’s been called a pandemic. I am one of those 285 million. And so is my sister. And my other sister. And my brother. And my aunties. And my cousins. And my friend. And my co-worker. And my neighbor. And. And. And…
My day starts out just like Bev’s. I prick a finger, draw some blood, and see what my number is. Lately the numbers have been higher than I would like. Why? It could be the congestion cold that stuck around for two weeks. Chicken noodle soup isn’t exactly low carb. It could be that I haven’t exercised for a month. See congestion cold listed above. It could be that my body isn’t responding as well to my medication as it used to. It could be a lot of things…