January 1, 2013

About YDMV
2013 update.
(Most recent modification 11.9.13)
YDMV is a personal blog edited (when you read my spelling you may find "edited" is not be the right word) by Bennet Dunlap.

I have a BS in finance and a masters in Health Communication and while both were awarded with honors, alert readers will notice neither of those makes me a health care professional.
Guest post are occasional part of this blog when that happens the authors background will also be shared.

I can be reached by email at:  Bennet (at) ydmv (dot) net
Your Diabetes May Vary posts are personal observations.  It is not and should not be taken as medical advice
If you find something that may impact you care -  talk to your Doctor about it and follow her (or his) advice. 
This is the miscellaneous ramblings of a family with two kids with Type 1 Diabetes. If you or anyone you know is a member of a Type 1 family, you know they are amiable but stressed out folks who are happy share their experiences on how they cope with the demands of living with diabetes with others who "get it," a phrase that here means poke, pee, inject, inspect, infuse to insanity.

No two situations or diabetics (yes we use the word and no we don;t have an issue with it, the kids are artistic too - neither artistic or diabetic defines them, both help describe them) are the same or as I like to say Your Diabetes May Vary (YDMV). Hopefully we can help others stay current with diabetes news and more importantly feel connected in a way that helps families stay positively engaged with diabetes tasks.

Take what you read here to your endocrinology team and talk it over with them. You with their consultation are responsible for your diabetes care. You have our very best wishes for maintaining some emotional stability in the process.
I have two kids with Type 1 diabetes, family with type 2 and I am someplace along the pre type 2 / type 2 continuum. Better diabetes care has become my passion. 
Each post is dated and with it  any news, studies, press releases etc linked are also dated. Some posts are revisited and updated. Changes to content and updates are noted and dated in an editors not at the end of the post as I haven't found a way to have Blogger post last edit dates. See the end of this post as an example. I don't note and date spelling corrections because I make so many I would be doing nothing but posting the dates of spelling corrections.

No formal publication schedule I try to post as often as I have a worthwhile comment or link to pass on. Typically a few times a week. 
I may share my medical information. I do not share medical information of others. I may link and comment about others blog post where they share their own information. For example the author often writes about her type 1 diabetes at Sixuntilme and I frequently refer readers to her or others who have disclosed their diabetes. The choice to disclose is theirs. 
Guest post may contain information of the author at their discretion.

Posting comments is a choice readers make. Doing so and the comments provided, may disclose information and links that enable identification. 
I do not know or publish visitors to the sight, unless they choose sign up as a follower.

As a general rule I discourage publishing email addresses where they can be seen publicly. It is an avenue for spam. Commenters are discouraged form publishing their emails as comments but I will not moderate them off. It is you choose, choose wisely. 

The site host is Blogger. Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. 

Both Blogger and Google Analytics are Google properties. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics and Blogger, please go here, 
http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics/privacyoverview.html  http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/?hl=en 
I links others, current headlines from other sites and links to pages I value. I try to link ethical sites, they are responsible for their privacy standards.

(Modification 11.9.13)


YDMV is moderated by the author occasionally and posteriorly. YDMV is not an appropriate vehicle for medical care and post here should not be considered as medical advice. Poster are for the most part civilians not care professionals. YDMV, including all comments, is not and should not be taken as medical advice. 

Not your doctor.
If you as a reader sees something here you would like to consider as a possible treatment option YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR CARE TEAM BEFORE MAKING ANY CHAGES. That is true of comments too, comments posted on this Blog should be designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

Public not confidential
Consider your privacy. Comments are public. Once posted you do not have the ability to edit them. 

Internets users commenting on my blog must behave with respect and honesty at all times.

Internet users may not post any commercial/advertising comment. (This is the most frequently moderated group, they get deleted.) 

Internet users commenting on my blog must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge. We invite you to provide resources (references, links, ...) on health/medical claims when possible and relevant.

Moderators Reserve the right to erase, without notification, any comment they would judge inappropriate.

(Modification 11.9.13)
YDMV is funded by my efforts and token advertising. Ads and conflicts are detailed below.

When YDMV runs an ad they will be separate from content, typically a side bar and noted as ads. If you would like to run and ad email me Bennet (at) ydmv (dot) net
Potential Conflicts of Interest
If I have a consulting relationship with an organization it will be noted here and footnoted in the body of post. 
I Currently Consult with the Diabetes Hands Foundation, Diabetes Advocates Program. 
I briefly consulted with MyGlu on research and how that could engage the online community. It stared as pro bono conversations and due to the time and effort given there was some financial compensation.

I occasionally consult with Dr Joyce Lee on projects she is working on at UMich. (added 5/13)
Travel Paid Events
At times I am invited to social media meetings with industry. These are not compensated but travel and entertainment is provided but the sponsoring firm. I think these provide good customer feed back to industry. I participate and share my views. In any post about such events I will disclose the travel arrangements. I believe I behave as a patient advocate at such events and that is why I am invited.  
I am confident that that while industry has its own interests, there are times where opportunities to further patient ends exist, even time when social media and industry can jointly help patients. 
Stock Ownership
Occasionally I may invest in individual stocks in my IRA account. If have a holding in a individual stock and write about that firm I will disclose that in the post. 
I also have mutual fund holdings. I do not follow the details of the investments those funds and so can not report on their holdings at the the time of posting. It is conceivable I may have holdings, though those funds, in firms I comment on without my knowledge.

Editors note: I made significant changes to this page on January 30, 2013 to help bring may documentation into line with HONcode Principles and am applying to join that program.  Minor changes are made as I see how bad my spelling is. 


  1. Thank you Bennet, I used your article as a basis of a blog I wrote for TUDiabetes.org. I credited you numerous times, I really appreciate your help. Thank you.

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  3. Bennet - you are a well versed man and I enjoy reading your thoughts.