April 23, 2008

From The News Wire: Dumbass Headlines

Anyone who looks at diabetes news is seeing a lot of headlines like:

No evidence for diabetes self-monitoring

Blood glucose self-monitoring not cost-effective, report says

Self-monitoring kits could cause 'harm' to diabetics

Oh Joy!

Yeah it is about type II. Everyone should get ready to answer whisper down the lane comments, from marginally informed, well meaning folks, who glance at a head line and try to help. Seriously they are not trying to stress us out.

It just works that way.

My dad and sister are both type II. My dad is bearing down on his 90th birthday. He doesn’t test and doesn’t have a clue what his A1C is and that seems to be working just fine for him. My sister tests occasionally and does know her A1C. It’s fairly good. That seems to be working just fine for her.

We use more test strips in a day, for one kid, than they combined use in a year. YDMV.

Media literacy includes understanding that the media, as often as not, doesn’t know what it talking about. We need to hold that truth to be self evident. It shouldn’t be grounds for intramural grudges between types of diabetics.

Now I still think T1 and T2 should have different names but no body is making me king so what I think - don’t count. But for a chuckle go read this and let this latest dumbass reporting roll off your back.