DBlogWeek #3: Down on Diabetes

DBlogWeek #3: Down on Diabetes

I personally never get really down because of my diabetes. I only get down because of how others are down on diabetes. Overall, diabetes is a tough gig. I’m probably like most diabetics in that I do get frustrated about … Read more

Why Medicare’s Attitude Toward Diabetes Could Kill Senior Citizens

Why Medicare’s Attitude Toward Diabetes Could Kill Senior Citizens

I, like many people who care about people with diabetes, have a real bee in my bonnet about Medicare’s attitude toward diabetes — particularly in reference to its newly implemented national mail-order program for diabetic supplies. So much so that I actually … Read more

How I Met President Obama (and fainted): The True Story

Karmel with President Obama

One week ago today I stood behind President Obama and fainted as he addressed the nation on the Affordable Care Act.  This is  a very long account, in excruciating detail, of how I came to meet the President. No one … Read more

What Obamacare Feels Like to a Diabetic

What Obamacare Feels Like to a Diabetic

Others have written much about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, means for diabetics. I will leave the analysis to the people who have done the research. I just want to tell you what Obamacare feels … Read more

AADE 2013

AADE 2013

I just got home from the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ 2013 conference (AADE 2013) in my current hometown of Philly, and I am exhausted. But fatigue shall not stand in the way of a report! Here, in no particular … Read more

IDF Diabetes Video – Beware the Diabetes Dementors

IDF Diabetes Video – Beware the Diabetes Dementors

I had the opportunity to see Mike & Jess in person last week (what a treat!) and at some point our conversation turned toward the new IDF diabetes awareness video that Mike blogged about a few days ago. To refresh … Read more

The Petraeus Scandal: What Diabetes Has Taught Me

The Petraeus Scandal: What Diabetes Has Taught Me

Like many Americans, I’ve spent the week both fascinated and horrified by the scandal surrounding David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Why? I want to ask. Why would two driven, accomplished people, whose successes in life have no doubt … Read more

Corporate Cash and Curing Diabetes: People vs Profits

Graphic for Corporate Cash and Curing Diabetes

There are two generally prevailing ideas about the thorny relationship between pharmaceutical companies and diabetes research. # 1: Pharmaceutical companies don’t want to cure diabetes because a cure would cost them billions in yearly revenue. # 2: Pharmaceutical companies are … Read more

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman has added a touch of controversy to the morning with his article, “Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?” A friend of mine forwarded it to me at the precise moment when I was doing yet another … Read more

Diabetes and Insurance Predictions

Diabetes and Insurance Predictions

Anyone else catch the story yesterday about how children with Type 1 diabetes are living longer than previous generations of kids with the disease? According to a study published on July 30 in Diabetes (and summarized here),  there’s been about a 15-year … Read more

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