Just when I thought it was safe to watch tv and hang about on social media my twitter feed became festooned with comic book images of super-heroes “beating” diabetes and the tv news was throwing about words like ‘diabesity’, ‘epidemic’ and ‘complications’.
No matter what other images, articles and comments you might see in the media about “diabetes management” for the 10% of “diabetics” who have type 1, the ONLY thing that keeps us alive is insulin. No diet, no exercise, no tablets will stave off the death of a type 1 denied insulin. Those of us in affluent countries are blessed to have access to affordable insulin, but just imagine being in a place where this wasn’t possible. In many parts of the world insulin costs many times the annual wage of an average person and/or supplies of insulin can’t be guaranteed. The fate for such people is as described by a 2nd Century physician, known as Aretaeus, the Cappadocian
Diabetes is a wonderful affection*, not very frequent among people, … Life is short, disgusting and painful, thirst unquenchable, death inevitable.
It’s a sobering thought isn’t it?
*Affection has an archaic meaning of “disease or condition”Tweet
Heard lots of discouraging things about the danger of health information on the net? What about the dangers of NOT doing so?
The lovely “Endocrine Witch” posted this picture that had been doing the rounds on her Facebook feed. She has blogged about why she took on her colleagues to say she found the note offensive, thanks Iris, proof that many doctors are embracing 21st century technology!
I can imagine that it’s irritating when a patient comes to you convinced that they’ve got bubonic plague or smallpox, but you need to deal with it, it’s part of the job and whether it’s the internet or Dr Smith’s medical encyclopedia people always have and always will self-diagnose. Continue readingTweet
Diabetes Australia has launched a Diabetes Week Campaign. So be aware of this-the week is 12-18 July. To quote their website
“Diabetes Australia has developed campaign material to launch in National Diabetes Week (12 – 18 July) to raise awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and the growing number of people who have it. The national television advertisement features 280 images of people with diabetes – representing the 280 people who develop diabetes every day in Australia. It will feature 10 “hero” images that will be on screen for approx 2 seconds – some with people managing their diabetes and some with the serious complications of diabetes including heart disease, stroke, amputation and blindness. The campaign call to action will be “What do you need to know about diabetes?” (my bold) Continue readingTweet
There have been some interesting things happening in the world of diabetes of late, particularly in relation to funding and advocacy, so I’ve decided to put my twittering and facebooking to good use and bring our blog readers a round-up of interesting and concerning “stuff”.
Government guidelines require type 2s on tablets to test before they drive. Subsequent Government publications say most type 2s on tablets don’t need to test.
What the?? Is self blood glucose monitoring for type 2s on tablets necessary to protect your own and public safety OR is it something that provides no benefit to health or well-being? The contradiction might be a bit of a yawn but not when you realise it could result in a jail sentence. Continue readingTweet
As another WDD approaches I thought I’d do a bit of a round-up of initiatives being undertaken by people with type 1 around the world. It’s amazing and inspirational to see the impact that a person with t1 diabetes, a computer and internet connection can make. Let’s celebrate advocacy efforts around the world and focus on the positive. If you have started, or know of a campaign or activity, please share it with us in the comments below. Continue readingTweet
I don’t need YOU to empower ME. thanks all the same
Words like “compliance” and “adherence” are now seen to reflect the authoritarian health structures of yesteryear and have been abandoned in favour of “patient empowerment” and motivational interviewing.
At least with compliance you knew where you stood-the doctor expects you to do as he says. The notion of “empowerment” is a slippery little sucker* but in a twist worthy of George Orwell’s 1984, the term is often used to mean “empowered to make healthy choices” it’s a sort of doublespeak in which patients are, it seems, being empowered to become compliant with instructions aka advice provided by health professionals. Continue readingTweet