I often wonder what it would be like to have diabetes in a different western industrialized country — one that has a sensible, functioning health care system, for example. Or just someplace smaller, and greener.
This being St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d look up Ireland. Here are a some interesting wee tidbits that Google coughed up:
♣ The Federation’s website is a production of Novo Nordisk, however — which is not well disclosed. I only noticed because I happened upon the tiny copyright info at the very bottom of the home page. Bedad! (that’s Irish for surprise)
♣ A recent study of primary care physicians concludes: “Delivery of diabetes care in Ireland remains largely unstructured.”
♣ Things appear to be especially bad in Northern Ireland.
♣ Patients over there are just as confused/frustrated about carb-counting as we are.
♣ A search on “Diabetes and alcohol Ireland” brings up a very measured approach. (I’m going PC and omitting expression of surprise here).
♣ It’s the same all over: a new report shows that Ireland is “facing a dramatic rise” in both type 2 and type 1 diabetes (expected to rise 33% by 2015). Here I am actually not surprised.
♣ Hoping for a pot of gold for diabetics? I think not. What do you expect from the country that brought you Corned Beef and Cabbage?
♣ But they do good research — for example, Trinity College Dublin just came out with some helpful findings about Type 2 diabetes in young adults.
♣ And for Type 1′s, they’ve got the Paradigm Veo (and we don’t!) That’s Medtronic’s new combo insulin pump/CGM system can automatically suspend insulin delivery when your BG level dips, protecting you from severe hypoglycemia. (Anybody know the Irish for ‘When are we getting that?!‘)
♣ Here at home, you can visit a real Irish Lassie who has diabetes on her D-blog. Dia duit, Sheila!
→ Wait, Sheila, you live in Guatemala? You might not know what you’re missing, Lassie. (Or do you?)