Rocking the D-World

Gracing the cover of this month’s Diabetes Forecast magazine: rocker Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison. Actually, he and his ‘betes have been all over the media lately. Nice to know that even oversexed rock-stars living in the fast lane can really keep a handle on their BG control, ay?

Bretmichaels I mean, this guy went out with Pamela Anderson, for God’s sake. (Weelll… they probably stayed in more than they went out). His über-trashy new VH1 reality show Rock of Love has been called “compelling TV for all the wrong reasons.” This is the one where 25 bimbos ladies compete to be his next sex kitten uh, date.

But when it comes to Type 1 diabetes, Bret’s just a regular PWD guy, it seems. Check out his stats:

Dx’d: age 6

Current age: 44 (so 38 years D and counting)

Regimen: checks BG at least 6-10x/day; 4 insulin shots/day

Track record: more than 55,000 insulin shots and 111,000 blood glucose (BG) checks thus far

Thoughts on pumping insulin: he’s “not cosmetically ready for the pump just yet.”

And this is where our worlds collide… That’s what I’m talkin’ about, Baby: what we need are insulin pumps for the body-conscious.

You don’t have to be tattooed and chiseled to want an insulin delivery device that’s less obtrusive, and more comfortable for sports, sleeping, bathing, sex and so on than most of the current offerings.

Luckily, there are some design mavens out there who’ve picked up on Bret’s and my call for “bringing sexy back.” They’ve also got the idea that we need to reduce and consolidate all the disparate “pieces” of the D-management system that we currently have to carry around and keep track of. And they get the notion that we want NO (or at least fewer) needles involved. I can’t tell you who or how just yet.

But let me just say that these consumer design experts are poised to genuinely and truly rock our D-world. And when they do, I’m glad dudes like Bret will be around to sing their praises.


9 Responses

  1. julia
    julia July 31, 2007 at 8:06 am | | Reply

    I remember seeing a Behind The Music on Poison once where he discussed his diabetes. It was fascinating. I’ll have to find a copy of Diabetes Forecast to see what else he has to say on the subject. I think it’s fantastic when celebrities are really open about their diabetes. Too many of them treat it like it’s something to be ashamed of, something to be hidden away.

    And he’s still a hottie.

  2. RichW
    RichW July 31, 2007 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    Your posts often lead to thoughts and behaviors not related to the post. Two days of pictures of the female anatomy and today I linked to the article about Bret and had this overwhelming urge for toast with peanut butter. When I returned to my computer I found that my wife had taken control. Your site is so informative, wonderfully written, and dangerous. Keep it up, I love the dangerous part.

  3. AmyT
    AmyT July 31, 2007 at 9:23 am | | Reply

    Thanks, Rich. Talk about dangerous — don’t get me started on peanut butter!

  4. Kerri.
    Kerri. July 31, 2007 at 10:40 am | | Reply

    I’m looking forward to the dawning of a new insulin pump that blends a bit better with the body.

    And you’ll be at AADE, right? I’ll see you there!

  5. Rosalind
    Rosalind July 31, 2007 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    Hey, Amy, while you’re on the advocacy trail, how about some improvements for us ostomy folks? Talk about disfiguring, uncomfortable and antiquated!!!

  6. Rachel
    Rachel July 31, 2007 at 6:14 pm | | Reply


  7. MoHo
    MoHo July 31, 2007 at 9:33 pm | | Reply

    Great post Amy, thanks.

  8. Rob
    Rob August 1, 2007 at 5:07 am | | Reply

    The article is available online at:

  9. Kevin
    Kevin August 1, 2007 at 5:38 am | | Reply

    I guess that’s possible…

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