Flashback Friday: How Diabetes Topics in the News Can Start to Feel Like a Game of “Telephone”

A past Wall Street Journal article shows once again how misinformation about diabetes-related topics can be spread by even the most expert journalists. The article, headlined “Eli Lilly to Pay for Right to Sell Diabetes Treatment Outside U.S.,” begins, “Eli Lilly & Co. will pay Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. for the right to sell a controversial diabetes treatment outside of the U.S.” (our italics) The article discusses Lilly purchasing the

Read more

Diabetes Health Type 2: Our Vast Numbers Are Our Advantage

I’ve never met anybody who is happy to have diabetes. They may be happy about having successfully adjusted their lives to it. Or grateful that there’s a broad range of drugs to help them deal with it, but no joy about the disease itself. Some of those drugs can be expensive, at least from the point of view of someone who has diabetes. If you

Read more

Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!

The other day, sitting in the shade and scratching my dog’s ears, I thought about some of the surprising developments over the past few in treating and managing type 2 diabetes. By surprising, I mean unexpected, unanticipated, serendipitous things that came out of research labs and hospitals from studies that started focused on one outcome but later were found to have some happy side effects.

Read more

Diabetes Health Type 2: The Hypoglycemia That Isn’t There

In the past few years, endocrinologists have recommended easing up on tightly controlled type 2 patients, especially among older people. Much of that advice is an outcome of the ACCORD study from the early 2000s which showed—to the chagrin of almost everybody who either treats or has diabetes—that too tight control over blood glucose levels increased the chance of cardiovascular problems.* For many of us

Read more

Diabetes Health Type 2 Diabetes: How (Non-Diabetic) Others See Us

It’s always fun to get a different take on things. You sit for years a few rows up from first base and then one day you decide to go sit out by left field. Who knew the game could look so different? Or maybe a friend pokes you and points at a person in the crowd, “Hey, he looks like you!” Intrigued, you look at

Read more

Diabetes Health Type 2: The Desire for Control Has to Make Sense

For several years now I’ve been following the controversy surrounding a lawsuit by California parents to force public school districts to allow people who aren’t nurses or doctors to be able to give insulin shots to diabetic children. (The California Supreme Court recently ruled that non-nurses can now give such injections. You can find background information here and here.) The official stance of the state’s nurses unions and

Read more

Diabetes Health Crossword Puzzle: Recent Research- 10/26

This crossword puzzle was inspired by this week’s news and podcast reports. Play along with us to test your knowledge and comprehension on topics we post Monday-Friday. Please click the link below to download this week’s Diabetes Health Crossword Puzzle: Diabeteshealth.com Crossword Puzzle If you would like to sign up to receive a weekly puzzle, please email puzzle@diabeteshealth.com. In the subject area write “add me to your

Read more

Life With Type 2- Imaginary Diabetes

By Patrick Totty All of us carry around mental images of various things, such as grocery stores, freeways, baseball stadiums, bank interiors, and Thanksgiving dinners. The images aren’t all that detailed and clear, but they don’t have to be. They’re a simple, shorthand way of grasping a concept, such as when you’re talking to a friend about the ballgame she recently saw or the recent

Read more