When I was a freshman in college I came down with a nasty cold. The cold symptoms went away but not the fatigue, weight loss and constant thirst…and I mean constant. I had an appointment at the health center later on, but my 8:00 am class professor told me in no uncertain terms that I should go that morning. Thank goodness she was one of the favorite professors I had there, and I was a little scared of her (in a good way), so I went early. The PA did a urine test and suggested that I go home right away to see my family doctor, because the results indicated type one diabetes. I was already very familiar with diabetes because my mom lived with type one diabetes for pretty much all of my life. Of course, I was still […]

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Nearly Half of HIMSS Attendees May Have This Chronic Disease

For a gathering of healthcare professionals, HIMSS registers pretty low on the healthy scale. Consider how attendees rank on just one chronic disease: An estimated 43 percent, or 15,000, of the 35,000 attendees expected at HIMSS12 in Las Vegas this week either have diabetes or pre-diabetes.  Impossible, you say?   To be fair, 43 percent represents the proportion of Americans with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the CDC’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet.  Presumably, the physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who attend HIMSS are better educated about diabetes than the average American, and less likely to be diabetic. The point is, far too many people – whether at HIMSS or in living rooms across the US – fall prey to America’s most prevalent chronic disease. As a result, total direct and indirect costs of diabetes in the United States are $174 […]