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Next year, I am going with the tats

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It seems somehow appropriate that Diabetes Awareness Month kicks off after the sugar high that is Halloween. And just for the record, I did give out candy this year (M&Ms and Smarties) along with fake tattoos. I am pleased to say the tattoos went the fastest.

The great CGM experiment


"This thing costs $1,000. Please don't drop it in the toilet. With those words of wisdom, I was ready to go. I had the opportunity in May to use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for a week. The CGM tracks blood glucose levels 24/7 to pinpoint potentially problematic patterns.

Bleeding the system?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I couldn't resist this headline: Diabetes: Making people bleed for profit.

The premise of the article was that the recent trend toward having Type 2s test their blood sugar 8x to 10x per day is unnecessary, and could cause anxiety and depression.

Tell me about it.

Kentucky: Providers can bill for diabetes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Providers here learned in December that they will be able to bill Medicaid for diabetes supplies again, but some major unknowns loomed.

Kentucky: State proposes diabetes switch


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A couple of Medicaid changes that came out of seemingly nowhere had providers crying foul in August.

Pharmacy goes to head of class with diabetes program


"Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases here," said Weathers, DMEPOS coordinator for Ken Glover Drug. "We want patients to understand that education is important, that if they listen and follow (advice), it will make a difference."

Diabetes bites

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Executive editor Mike wanted me to blog about a man with Type 2 diabetes whose dog ate his big, ulcerated toe. Turns out the man had blood sugars of over 500 (I assume he was undiagnosed, the article is unclear).


Dear Stephanie

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lots of people with diabetes, particularly the Type 1 crowd, pass along comments and, more often, criticism of incorrect or misleading information when they come across it. It can be exhausting to keep up with educating the world one misinformed (or sometimes, lazy) reporter at a time.

Providers targeted for certain claims


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Medicare is demanding repayment for diabetes and other Part B supplies that it says should have been billed to other payers, but industry stakeholders say the products were dispensed in "good faith."

America, declare your independence from hamburger doughnuts

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

As a fun follow up to my previous blog on the fattest states, here's something from Health magazine called the "50 Fattiest Foods in the States." It's a menu of shame comprised of a dish from each state.