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Legislating for better diabetes care

September 4, 2012 in News

Legislators in Washington, D.C. have introduced a bill that, if passed, will create the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission: an organization that would aim to address the diabetes epidemic by coordinating and concentrating national efforts to research, understand, prevent, and treat the condition. Read the rest of this entry →

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Diabetes self-managment – a family affair?

September 4, 2012 in News

Having the support of family and friends can make just about anything a little easier to deal with, but the reverse is also true. Not having that support when you really need it can make things that much more difficult, and a recent study performed by researchers at Vanderbilt University demonstrated just how problematic the lack of support can be for those managing type 2 diabetes. Read the rest of this entry →

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Type 2 Diabetes and the Blame Game

September 4, 2012 in News

A recent editorial in Diabetes Health hit me hard – the article described one woman’s experience with confronting feelings that she was being blamed for her diabetes (you can read her article at the link below). One of my good friends received a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes recently, after having been prediabetic for many years. Initially, she didn’t tell me – the subject came up sideways during a get-together. I realized she was embarrassed to tell me, because she knows I work for studies focused on preventing type 2 diabetes. She told me that she was struggling with the diagnosis; she felt like a failure because she had been ‘unsuccessful’ at preventing herself from getting diabetes despite all her hard work. Read the rest of this entry →