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Re: [IP] Interesting article relates to common RANT on IP

In a message dated 3/2/2001 9:23:26 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

<< Not for political candidates they don't.  Please do make sure you specify
 exactly what the JDRF lobbies for.  It's misinformation like this that
 causes problems, similar to when reporters confuse Type 1 and Type 2
 Diabetes.  >>

Sorry, Michael.  You may have missed the earlier part of the thread.  No one 
was discussing lobbying for political candidates, merely for a uniform set of 
care standards for people with diabetes.  The idea was to create a list of 
care practices to which all diabetics should be entitled (I know that's a 
lousy sentence).  Here's what we've got so far:

1- Every diabetic should be encouraged to test their own blood sugar at
6 times a day (first thing in the morning and before and after each

PLUS, within 1/2 hour prior to driving a vehicle or operating heavy 
equipment, followed by every hour thereafter. Ditto for major 
physical activity including most sports.

Test at least every 30 minutes while recovering from a low and every 
hour while recovering from a high.

2-  Every insulin dependent diabetic should be taught to match insulin
carbohydrate consumption.

3-  Every diabetic should be monitored regularly for complications as 
appropriate to their age and disease duration. Including visits with
other specialist as 
appropriate (foot doctor, eye doctor etc.)

4-  Every diabetic should have an endocrinologist as their primary care 

5-  Insurance companies should pay for these things, Medicare and
should pay for these things, and every citizen should have health

6-  Every insulin dependent diabetic should have their HgA1c tested
every 6 months

7-  Every insulin dependent diabetic should have a refresher course of
diabetic education every
    5 years.

8-  Every insulin dependent diabetic should have complete blood and
urine testing at least once
    a year, including liver functions, triglicerides, HDL, LDL, Renal

9-  Every Type II diabetic should be tested for the GAD antibodies for
the posibility of the start
    of ADULT onset of Type I diabetes vs type II.

What do you think?  any other ideas?

Jane Holzka
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