Happy Mother’s Day: Who Are You Modeling Your Health Habits After

My mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 53. Unfortunately, she passed away from diabetes complications at 65. Of course this was because she did not take care of her blood sugars. Her A1C usually hovered around 10. It was frustrating trying to help her. I remember traveling the full emotional scale as her caretaker, desperately trying to show her how

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My 24 Year Old Son Killed Himself

This anonymous comment is being posted as an article about men with type 1 diabetes that commit suicide. We continue to have new posting on this dated article ,#212. As a parent, I cried my way through the piece. The sage advice this particular parent presents us with about her son; apologizing for being bipolar, diabetic and attempting suicide, is priceless. She reminds us that applauding the living we have

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Tracking Hospital Infections

When we visit the hospital, we don’t expect to be released with more problems than when we checked in. But that’s a very real possibility, according to a sobering new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, says that if 25 patients enter a hospital for treatment, at least one of them

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When Medical Professionals Are Hurtful

Having diabetes means attending medical appointments regularly.  It’s entirely possible that at some point, you experienced an incident in which a medical professional hurt your feelings, made a mistake, or told you something completely incorrect.  Medical mistakes do happen.  While most doctors and nurses are amazing and professional, they are also human.  Errors and inappropriate comments can occur.  Some simply don’t understand all aspects of

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A New Kind of Pharmacist

Ross Valley Pharmacy, tucked away inside a larger building of clinics, is not a big place, but it’s very very busy. Its owner, Paul Lofholm, PharmD, has a vision of the pharmacist’s role that goes far beyond simply putting pills in bottles. He sees pharmacists as integral members of the healthcare team who can fill the gaps in patients’ education about their conditions and their

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