Diabetes Blog Week 2015 – Changes

Today let’s talk about changes, in one of two ways.  Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way.  This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.  OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes.  Were they expected or did they surprise you?

Diabetes Blog Week – May 14, 2015

I would love to see the perception of diabetes change within the diabetes community. I think it’s too bold to ask that society at large have a better understanding for what this disease is and isn’t while the in-fighting between people impacted by type 1 and type 2 diabetes rages on.

I’ve noticed this back and forth return a bit on My Diabetes Secret. While it pains me to publish those types of submissions, they reflect the perspective of one, if not many of the diabetes community. It’s a shame that we can’t focus our energy outwards, but if that’s where their anger is directed, there’s only so much I or any of us can do.

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What’s Happy About Diabetes?

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What's happy about #diabetes? #muni

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I took this picture almost a week ago, and I still don’t know how I feel about it.

From a global perspective, all diabetes is a very serious issue. Lifestyle changes, including diet, can make an impact on some people’s life with diabetes. But for the people who, despite their best efforts, must succumb to genetics one way or another, is this advertisement supposed to motivate them? Is it even aimed at them? With such limited real estate to make a point, there’s hardly any room for fine print and clarifications.

One one hand, I understand the direct, sometimes shocking nature that’s required to get someone’s attention. Without their attention, how can you expect anyone to take action? But I fear that efforts like this do more to harm and reinforce stigma and stereotypes than inform and enlist new advocates in the fight to do whatever the ultimate call to action is.

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