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Letters to the Editor

December 2004

Dec 1, 2004

My Two Cents on Hospital Stay Feature

May I add my two cents’ worth to Christine Olinghouse’s article, “Are You and Your Diabetes Ready for a Hospital Stay?” (Oct. 2004) by continuing with the diabetic patient’s role while hospitalized?

Assuming you are able, on the first day you should notify the attending physicians and nursing staff that you will be monitoring your own blood glucose and taking your own insulin or oral meds that you have brought to the hospital, and that you will record these acts for the staff to chart. (Be sure to bring sufficient supplies and show them to the nursing personnel.) Also, ask to see a dietitian as soon as possible to request a meal plan and snacks appropriate to your condition. Ask to have cartons of orange juice, carbs, glucose tabs or gel on your bedside tray at all times. You may need a doctor’s order written on your chart to be permitted any or all of these actions.

Be firm and polite. Take charge of your diabetes as you would at home. If you are uneasy with the above suggestions, allow the staff to do their job. If you are sedated or heavily medicated, or if you are pre-op, post-op or in ICU or Recovery, the hospital personnel will take control. As a type 1 for over 50 years, and having had my share of hospitalizations, I have always been allowed to maintain my diabetic regimen as outlined, with complete support from hospital staff.

Daniel M. Anzel, MPH, PhD
Los Angeles, California


Thanks and No Thanks for the October 2004 Cover Story

Your cover on the October 2004 issue (“Bush vs. Kerry: Will Your Vote Help Cure Diabetes?”) led me to read it immediately.

On the issue of embryonic stem cells, let’s not forget to mention that there are also non-embryonic sources of stem cells. While embryonic stem cells get most of the media attention, research attempts have failed to develop a successful animal or human model demonstrating their benefit. In a recent study using embryonic stem cells from mice to treat Parkinson’s disease, 20 percent of the mice developed tumors, a possible side effect of the embryonic stem cells.

On the other hand, therapies using adult stem cells from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, brain cells, body fat and the pancreas have proven successful in treating patients with various conditions, all without having to destroy a life in the process. I do not believe President Bush has specifically restricted the harvesting of adult stem cells for research.

Thanks for keeping us informed.

Ann Wipf, RD/LD, CDE
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


I just received my October 2004 issue of Diabetes Health. I was very disappointed to see that your magazine has decided to go political. As an independent voter, I think you have done a disservice to your subscribers.

Marcia Oliver
Carnesville, Georgia


Low-Carb Works for Me

I have been on a low-carb diet with type 1 diabetes for over 50 years with no complications.

My meal plan consists of two eggs each day for breakfast, maybe a little “white carbs” at lunch only, and only green carbs (salad and asparagus, etc.) and protein for dinner. I use only olive oil or butter. A diet doesn’t have to be high in fat or low in carbs; it should be low in carbs and healthy, too. Just follow a sensible diet like this one, with no weight gain.

I weigh now what I weighed in high school and am in great shape at 63.

John Morse
Boston, Massachusetts


I Miss the Old Look

You have received so many letters commending the “new improved” look of your magazine. I want to offer a different perspective.

I miss the days when I received a black-and-white tabloid publication.

I also miss the days when the “My Own Injection” column was personal. I mourned the death of [Scott King’s] mother. I loved hearing about your family. Now, the column seems very corporate, giving just an overview of the current issue.

I know “white space” is a good thing. But I think you’ve taken it to the extreme, particularly when I look at the recipes in the August issue.

I just miss the old days.

Kevin T. Cottingim
36 years with type 1 diabetes
Las Vegas, Nevada


Thanks for the New Recipe Section

I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s magazine, and especially the one-day menu.

My doctor just told me to eat less, and I could see by that article that I really have to cut way back. My A1C test results went up this time, but it is so hard to know just what to eat. It would be nice if you could publish a full-day menu once in awhile. I also have trouble with my weight, and I know that would help.

This is the best of all the diabetes magazines that I have read. Thank you.

Sally Dieter


Categories: A1c Test, Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Letters to the Editor, Type 1 Issues



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