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  1. Alex
    Alex August 18, 2008 at 9:14 am | | Reply

    I guess this is a good idea, but I’m a little confused about why you’re so focused on women. There seems to be little that you’re talking about that doesn’t also effect men.

  2. Brandy
    Brandy September 15, 2008 at 5:55 am | | Reply

    To answer your question–As a man with diabetes, it is probably very difficult for you to understand the challenges that female hormones add to life with diabetes. During puberty, pregnancy, and menopause (essentially throughout life) women with diabetes must figure out how to manage daily life with very little research or tools to help us. As women, we typically love “community” and helping others. DiabetesSisters brings both of those together in one location. The organization provides a place for us to share what we have learned through our own experiences with diabetes– that hasn’t yet been shown in research. Just as you acknowledged, there isn’t a lot of recognition that any differences exist between women with diabetes and men with diabetes. But, we are working on some interesting research projects to highlight these differences and empower women with the information they have long-needed. In addition, there are very few female role models with diabetes in the media. We aim to change that very soon! I hope that provides some insight and answers your question. We do not wish to isolate anyone, but personal experience and market research shows that this type of resource is not of interest to men (community, empowerment, sharing, etc.), while it is viewed as a much needed resource for women.

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