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  1. CALpumper
    CALpumper May 5, 2009 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

    We can most certainly learn from the British system.

  2. Alison
    Alison May 6, 2009 at 5:23 am | | Reply

    Diabetes may be the same wherever you live but the language is very different. As a Brit surfing the web it took me ages to work out what the “juice boxes” were that everyone seems to use to treat lows and the complexities of your co-pays and deductables are beyond belief! And I’ve got really good at dividing by 18 so I can understand whether your blood sugar reading of 107 is a good or a bad thing!

  3. refluxman
    refluxman May 6, 2009 at 7:05 am | | Reply

    sounds very great and useful book…..I’ll check, than you for information

  4. kdroberts
    kdroberts May 6, 2009 at 7:13 am | | Reply

    Interesting stuff. Since my family is all in England and my mum works in healthcare so is always talking to doctors about me and passing on the info I can certainly understand how people could get confused. A couple of months ago I was talking to her and she was saying how she had a physical and her cholesterol was high. I asked what it was and she said 6.9. Uhhhh??? It’s also quite interesting to hear about the differences between here and there but also the similarities. My future brother-in-law’s cousin is on a pump and it’s interesting to hear about the struggles he had to get it covered by the insurance.

    On the 10g carb per unit starting point, it does have it’s downside. A friend of my mum’s got diagnosed with type 1 a few years ago, I think she was mid to late 30′s at the time, and was put on that ratio. Technically it worked fantastically well because almost overnight she had great numbers but in reality it was awful because she was going from a constant high to near normal numbers and was in a terrible state. Feeling hypo all the time, massive depression and generally in a poor way. They ended up backing off, letting her numbers go back up a little and started bringing them down over a month or so. She ended up (I think) taking more insulin than she did initially but had none of the issues. My mum said it was horrible to see. She went from a happy and outgoing person to basically a wreck overnight and then after they backed off she changed back overnight.

  5. kdroberts
    kdroberts May 6, 2009 at 7:15 am | | Reply

    Oh, one other thing. The book is available on for pretty much the same price as buying it from the UK but it falls under Amazon’s free shipping so will work out cheaper. Just search for the ISBN Number 9781861440594.

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