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12 Myths About Insulin And Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin facts vs. fiction When you hear the word “insulin,” do you picture giant needles (ouch!) or pop culture portrayals of insulin users with low blood sugar (like Julia Roberts losing it in Steel Magnolias)? Either way, most people think of insulin as a difficult, painful, or potentially scary medical treatment. The problem is that if you have type 2 diabetes, you need to know the real deal before you can make an informed choice about whether or not this potentially lifesaving therapy is right for you. Here, we take a look at the facts and fiction about insulin when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes. Diabetics always need insulin Not necessarily. People with type 1 diabetes (about 5% to 10% of diabetics) do need insulin. If you have type 2, which includes 90% to 95% of all people with diabetes, you may not need insulin. Of adults with diabetes, only 14% use insulin, 13% use insulin and oral medication, 57% take oral medication only, and 16% control blood sugar with diet and exercise alone, according to the CDC. The point is to get blood sugar—which can be a highly toxic poison in the body—into the safe zone by any means necessary. Taking insulin means you’ve ‘fai Continue reading >>

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  1. kitty613

    Since Im the official Debbie Downer of the group lately, Im going to take the title in stride and ask your thoughts on a disturbing trend in veterinary medicine- economic euthanasia. Heres a quote from an article that explains the issue perfectly (better than I could).
    Many pet owners cite financial difficulties as the reason for euthanizing their pet. However, in some cases, pet owners want to put the animal down rather than spend money on proper pet care and "they're not willing to make the change in their lifestyle to accommodate their pet's behaviors.". Though many of these pets suffer from serious, difficult to treat injuries or terminal illnesses, a steadily increasing number of these pet euthanasias are being performed on pets whose owners cannot financially afford simple treatment of their pet.
    An even more disturbing trend which is becoming more commonly encountered are those pet owners who elect to take a sick or injured pet home to die without treatment. Again, many of these pet owners cite financial difficulties as the reason behind their decision. Unfortunately, in these situations, it is usually the pet who suffers the most with no pain control and little hope.

    As future vets, how do we handle requests for euthanizing animals, for lets say a broken leg or a urinary issue simply because the owner cant afford the necessary treatment? Or how do we handle the fact that many pet owners will take home their pets without treatment? What a catch-22! Have you personally encountered situations like those described above? Is it very common? What a horrible moral dilemma that vets face every day. Your thoughts on the issue?
    PS: My next thread is definitely going to be more upbeat...

  2. camcam

    That is how my Tonic died I didn't have the money to get him to a vet let alone be medically ethathanized so I had to watch him die on my living room floor.
    It's a lot harder on the owners then the vets doing it.

  3. StealthDog

    I practice in an area that's been pretty hard hit by the recession, so I have a lot of clients (especially on emergency) who can barely afford the exam fee, much less diagnostics or treatment. As sad as it is to euthanize pets with treatable conditions, something like a fractured leg can easily cost $1200-$1500 to amputate or $2000-$3000 to repair. If I know my client has financial constraints, we work through payment options (CareCredit, possibly a payment plan if they're a long-term client) and pare down the estimate as much as possible without compromising the pet's health... But it's not hard to euthanize when the pet is in pain and the owner simply can't afford treatment. As much as I'd love all my owners to have an emergency fund or pet insurance, that just isn't realistic to expect
    If owners want to take their pets home without treatment and they are sick or injured, I have them sign an Against Medical Advice form and follow up with them the next day. I have no qualms about calling Animal Control to check in on patients that I think are suffering due to lack of medical treatment.
    It can be incredibly emotionally draining to have multiple financial hardship cases in a row, but you just have to help who you can help and be able to take some comfort in the knowledge that euthanasia is better than untreated pain and suffering.

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