Friday, November 28, 2014

What, exactly, DOES constitute a vitamin D deficiency?

A few years ago, my doctor's office had me tested for vitamin D.  They were testing everyone, they said -- apparently it had become the thing to do.  My labs showed my vitamin D was over the minimum, but only just barely, so they wanted me to take a supplement.

I ignored that.  I am not a big believer in supplements.

Fast forward to just a few days ago, when I saw a story on NPR about vitamin D... which, ultimately, made me feel very justified for having ignored the ultra-serious recommendation that I needed a supplement.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shopping around for medical prices

An article ran on NPR today about an ingenious service where patients can report how much their medical procedures cost.  This is great, especially for people with conditions like diabetes -- if your insurance only covers so much of your care, you'll want to shop around to get the best price possible.  And some of the costs reported to this website varied quite a bit, illustrating the need to shop around first.

One of the things this site asked for costs on was, apparently, diabetic test strips.  Bought without insurance, these things can cost you around a dollar a pop, making it a very good thing to be able to compare prices online.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The importance of Obamacare

One more post about Obamacare.  Today I saw this incredibly moving account of how Obamacare saved this guy's life.

If you're diabetic and reading this blog, you may know firsthand how rough it was to get health insurance before Obamacare.  Unless you had it through your employer in the form of a group plan, you were basically SOL.  Health insurance companies were legally allowed to discriminate against diabetics by refusing them health insurance otherwise, and so of course they did.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tips for signing up for Obamacare

Open enrollment for Obamacare starts on November 15th, just a couple days away.  This allows you to shop for health insurance if you don't already have a plan through your employer or another source.  NPR ran a great article the other day with tips for anyone shopping for health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Obamacare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oh look, another cure for diabetes!

I was browsing Facebook tonight, and lo and behold, here's another cure for diabetes!

Cheap Blood Pressure Drug Cures Diabetes In Mice, Human Trials Announced

If I had a nickel for every time they've "cured" diabetes since I was diagnosed, I would... well, I still wouldn't have very much money, because a nickel doesn't buy squat in our day and age.  But the point is, they've discovered lots of cures since my diagnosis, and none of them have amounted to much of anything.