Is Type 1 Diabetes A Chronic Disease?

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Understanding Diabetes: Life With A Chronic Illness

You wake up, and the first thing you think about is diabetes because you have to check your blood sugar … and kind of know where to start your day. She was sitting in her kitchen, chatting over FaceTime as if a friend had just dropped by for a visit. It was Sunday night, and Meagan Sheikh and her husband were enjoying a few quiet hours after their young son went to sleep. A hardworking wife and mother with a love for nursing, Meagan was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 26. Over time, Meagan has learned to balance her family, work life, and fluctuating blood sugar, all while sharing her experiences with others in her blog. Meagan is one of approximately 29.1 million Americans currently living with a form of diabetes. Just like Meagan, every person has a unique experience with this complex disease. The World Health Organization recently published the Global Report on Diabetes to address the rising prevalence of diabetes across the globe. From 1980 until 2014, the number of people living with some form of diabetes nearly quadrupled from 108 million to 422 million. 1 in 20 people worldwide already have some form of diabetes, and those numbers are expected to climb rapidly Continue reading >>

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  1. Jeanette Terry

    What Kind of Doctor do You See for Your Diabetes?

    Recently we posted a community poll on the homepage asking the community what kind of doctor they see for diabetes. The majority of the community has responded that they see their primary care physician for the treatment of their diabetes.
    It would be interesting to know why?
    Is it that your doctor just didn't refer you to an endocrinologist? Or is there not one in your area? This would be great informatoin for all of us in the community to learn how we all came to the conclusion on the kind of doctor we currently see.
    Please Share your experience.

  2. lorider70

    Started with primary car physician and 25 years later I am still with the same Dr. No desire to change, and no suggestion from my Dr. to see anyone else. Often wonder why anyone would change or add another physician if they're not having additional problems.

  3. Beepath - 70510

    I have a cousin, an ARNP, who suggested I have no business seeing an ARNP. That I should see an internist. So, off II went to find an internist. The internist was pretty dangerous. Took her three weeks to renew my lisinopril…that I'd been on for years. This quack is still working at my clinic. I warn staff and anyone who'll listen. Now, I have a pediatrition and she's just great. When I come in with my cockamamy desires to try some OTC junk I got from spam, she steers me clear. Before I was seeing her my A1C was 8.0 in December, when I was still seeing that quack. Since seeing the pediatrition, my A1C is now 5.6 and she cut me back on the glipiziide. I kid her that if she's "real good" she'll quit and go somewhere better. But if she's bad, she'll stay. So when she walks in, I say, "you're still here? UH OH!" But she knows I'm teasing and laughs with me, she's just fine.

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