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Diabetes Diagnosis and the Perceived Loss of Normalcy: PART 1

Dr. Fran Cogen Health Pro August 07, 2012
  • HealthCentral colleague, Gretchen Becker, recently posted a blog on The Stages of Diabetes. Through Dr. Kubler-Ross’ analysis of the grief process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance, Gretchen has defined her path with type 2 diabetes. Her blog certainly captured my a...

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  • Gretchen Becker
    Health Guide
    Aug. 07, 2012

    I think that although shock is common to all types of diabetes, the stages of type 1 may be a little different in the later years. In type 2, one often reaches an age at which all one's contemporaries have some medical condition or another, and type 2 seems minor in comparison to some of them.

     

    But type 1s are diagnosed so young that they won't reach...

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    I think that although shock is common to all types of diabetes, the stages of type 1 may be a little different in the later years. In type 2, one often reaches an age at which all one's contemporaries have some medical condition or another, and type 2 seems minor in comparison to some of them.

     

    But type 1s are diagnosed so young that they won't reach that stage for 50 or 60 years or more and have to cope with being "different" for a long time, including adolescence, which is difficult enough without having a chronic disease.

     

    And even if they reach a point at which pricking your finger 5 or 8 times a day and having to be aware of your BG levels at all times seems normal, it's still a burden. And it's impossible to ignore the disease without life-threatening consequences. Thus the "ho hum" stage of type 2 might never be reached in type 1 until we develop a trustworthy artificial pancreas.

     

     

     

     

    • Dr. Fran Cogen
      Health Pro
      Aug. 07, 2012

      Thanks for your comments, Gretchen.

      FC

    • Ann Bartlett
      Health Guide
      Aug. 08, 2012

      Speaking of diagnosis, did both of you see this in yesterday's WSJ?  Thought it was a great article! 

       

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444840104577553462450522098.html

       

      ~A

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Aug. 08, 2012

      I did see that and posted a link to Diabetes International. There are several posts on WSJ, and I commented about MODY on the second one. Couldn't get Comments to work on the main article.

    • Ann Bartlett
      Health Guide
      Aug. 08, 2012

      Gretchen you can email Kate, author of the article, and she might be able to help you.  I emailed her yesterday and she pinged right back.  

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Aug. 08, 2012

      Ann, Actually I just did! At this point I think there are too many comments and probably no one would read if I added one now, but I was hoping she'd be curious and maybe write another article on MODY. One peculiar thing is that they don't link the related blog to the main article, and when you search on "Wrong Call" you get dozens of unrelated articles. They...

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      Ann, Actually I just did! At this point I think there are too many comments and probably no one would read if I added one now, but I was hoping she'd be curious and maybe write another article on MODY. One peculiar thing is that they don't link the related blog to the main article, and when you search on "Wrong Call" you get dozens of unrelated articles. They need some Web page help.