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

The Role of Profit in Diabetes Care: A Force For Good or Evil?

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I just got a response to my previous post about the ADA Scientific Sessions  that I thought would be worth reposting here and responding to, since I know it’s an issue that lurks beneath the surface in many conversations about pharmaceutical … Read more

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