Showing posts from November, 2016

National Meeting Addresses Insulin Affordability and Access (!)

Momentum seems to be building big time around the outrage over skyrocketing insulin prices, which are making this life-sustaining drug virtually unavailable to those who need it. In just the past several weeks leading into the final months of 2016, we've seen: Mainstream media coverage from sources including Bloomberg and the Washington Post , NBC News and even a nightly news segment with Lester Holt. Sen. Bernie Sanders taking to Twitter to call out players , accusing the "greedy" manufacturers of gouging with price hikes of 700% over the past two decades. Later that same week, Sanders joined Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland in asking the Dept. of Justice to investigate the Insulin Makers for possible collusion. The American Diabetes Association on Nov. 16, 2016 issued both a resolution calling for insulin affordability , and an online petition for the Diabetes Community to sign, calling for Congress to hold hearings on this issue and for mor

My Faulty Pancreas Says: "Get a Flu Shot!"

I've not been a fan of flu shots for most of my life -- even though I know they're important with diabetes when the colder winter months set in. As a kid, getting an annual shot was standard protocol. But when I reached my adult years, that practice mostly fell off my radar, and became only an occasional afterthought. But that's been different in recent years, and I have my friends in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) to thank for changing my mind. True confession: Before getting back into the practice, my last flu shot was in 2012 (according to my blog posts reflecting as much). That was specifically because of the flu we came down with following Thanksgiving that year before, giving me a kick in the pants to re-start pursuing the vaccine. Of course you'd think I'd be all over preventing that "real person sick" (beyond the usual diabetes yuck) every year, but let's face it, there's a lot to manage with diabetes and sometimes we let things slip.