Diabetes: As Costly As War

Last week, results of an ADA-commissioned study were announced indicating that uncontrolled diabetes is costing this country $174 billion a year. That makes it as costly as war (the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism combined), and more expensive than repairing our worst natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. I am still trying to get my head around this information.
The ADA actually says this estimate is probably an understatement, because “it…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 12: Being Me – Lessons from a PWD/PSR

Ever wonder what it’s like “working for the other side?” Michelle M. felt compelled to share her story of “straddling the fence” with me, and I share it with you today. Read on.
So what’s it like being BOTH a “PWD” and a “PSR”?
What? You don’t know what a “PSR” is? Let me elaborate. I am, what most everybody hates to love and at the same time loves to hate… a pharmaceutical sales representative.…

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Alternative Prickers

Talk about cool packages arriving in the mail: last week, I got a surprise from Can-Am Care, in the form of a test unit of the company’s new Renew lancing device.
Who would have thought that anything could make drawing your own blood more fun? This system really is pleasant to use.

A quick overview of my experience with Renew:
PROs -
* handy and “fun” design
* easy to advance and “cock” (ahem…)
*…

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Congrats and Thank You!

Not necessarily in that order…
First, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank-you for everyone’s support in the MedGadget 2007 Medblog Awards contest, which closed out late Sunday night. It was an honor for DiabetesMine to be nominated in both the Best Medical Weblog and Best Patient Weblog categories. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time any patient-blogger has been nominated for the former, so that was a special treat.
Second, an equally…

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Five Diabetes Headlines – A Quick and Dirty Review

Ricocheting around the press and the blogosphere:
1) Statins for all diabetics – One-third fewer people with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) would suffer heart attacks or strokes if they took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a U.K. study says. If you’re over 40, and not already on a statin, you’re urged to get on one. The experts say it’s like wearing a helmet for protection when you’re riding a bike. Sounds good, but there are…

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