10 thoughts on “Diabetes: the burden of a diagnosis

  1. This article is very informative, Angela. As someone who was diagnosed with diabetes and who has been managing this disease reasonably well for many years, I did not quite understand why I was at risk for contracting Covid-19. I now have a better understanding going forward, and am also now aware of some of the issues that I need to discuss with my doctor at my upcoming appointment next week.
    Thanks for shedding light on what could potentially be a confusing and anxiety-causing condition at a time when we have more questions than answers.
    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you, Carrol!

      We appreciate your feedback and knowing that you found the article helpful. It is vital to our community’s health and well-being that we spread some truth amidst all the noise and confusion. Please note that the problem is not that hyperglycemia increases the risk of contracting Covid-19, but that hyperglycemia contributes to worse outcomes and increased fatalities in persons that do contract Covid-19.

      We here at PEEPS wish that you continue to live well with your diabetes, and have lots of resources to support you in your effort.

  2. Very informative article. Opening up about your personal journey with Diabetes allows those that come to you for help feel comfortable to open up about their struggles with no judgment.

    1. Thanks, Mattie, I agree with you.

      I knew I had several of the non-modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes but was still shocked to receive the diagnosis. However, I am excited to discover how this added dimension will enhance my role as a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. I plan to walk my talk, share my journey, and spread the message that we can live well with diabetes.

  3. Angella great article. A very informative personal account gives me insight into some of my patients. As a pharmacist, this definitely gives me a perspective to consider when counseling my type 2 diabetic patients. There is an article in Medscape that also references the Wuhan study and the link between hyperglycemia and COVID-19 death. Thank you for writing this article because with or without a diagnosis of diabetes we all need to be aware of the role hyperglycemia plays in COVID-19 outcome.

    1. Thanks, Deborah,

      We here at PEEPS appreciate that you took the time to leave us your feedback. We are committed to providing excellent content that is relevant to those seeking to improve the health outcomes of persons living with diabetes.

  4. Great article! Thanks for sharing your personal journey Angella, I am sure it is not easy journey but I believe sharing your testimony has helped a lot of people. Also it is a good reminder for me to be careful not to stigmatize individuals with diabetes, sometimes there are risk factors that are not modifiable and we do not know where each individual is at in their journey. Looking forward to reading more articles.

    1. Thank you, Jayce,
      While I must admit that it was a difficult process coming to terms with my type 2 diabetes diagnosis, I have since accepted it as an opportunity for me to “walk my talk.” As a diabetes care and education specialist, when I say to my patients, “I know what you are going through,” I can do so from experience. The ability to connect on a deeper personal level can only strengthen my commitment to providing education, care, and support to persons at risk for and living with diabetes.

  5. I think this is beautifully outlined and explained in uncomplicated, understandable language. Thank you for showing the correlation between diabetes and Covid 19. Even though almost everyone keeps repeating the fact that Covid 19 is very detrimental to the health of people with underlying conditions – diabetes being one of those, I have never fully grasped the connection, meaning, the exact “modus operandus” of this virus in the system of people with diabetes. This article has totally clarified that confusion and now I can equally explain same to someone else. That is amazing in itself. Not to mention the very useful and apt probable questions that a diabetic should be asking the doctor in order to stay on top of/ahead of their game in the fight to beat this condition called “Diabetes” and to stay healthy for a long time to come. Thank you so much, Angella.

    1. Thank you, Ocha,
      I appreciate your feedback. We must make the distinction between diabetes and hyperglycemia, particularly when identified as a risk factor for poor health outcomes. Persons living with diabetes need to know that if they adopt the recommended self-care regimen and maintain their blood sugars within their target ranges, they can have excellent health outcomes. Also, in an effort not to label persons by their disease, we now use the term” persons living with diabetes” instead of referring to them as “diabetics.” Thanks again for taking the time to respond to this article.

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