When do diabetes treatments become overkill? diabetes reflections 6
Yes you heard me right, I am writing a book.
Actually its gonna be one of a kind (as in its my first official e-book) and absolutely free to my readers. I am calling the book 10 critical diabetes tests your doctor should be performing.
The book covers some of the most common diabetes related tests that every diabetic should know about and should be asking for if their doctors are not performing them.
I don’t know about you but since my diabetes diagnosis, I have become a sponge where diabetes is concerned as I try to absorb every bit of information on the betes.
I believe that my health is a number one concern and I will always lead the charge towards a sustainable well being. The team of MEDICAL professionals are there to assist and while some of the technical health matters might be delegated to them, I am still the quarterback of that team.
In other words I will take any test, probe, needle, prod, cat scan, x-ray, to a logical point, if it will improve my health.
Am saying all this because this morning a fascinating story caught my eye and as I was reading it I couldn’t help but reflect on the movie The matrix one of the greatest, ever made. Specifically a scene on the matrix where Morpheus ( Lawrence Fishburn) takes Neo ( Keanu Reeves) to the oracle and at the entrance he tells him “I can only show you the door Neo, you have to walk through it”, that and one true nature of medical treatment (choice)
The story was from diabetes self management blogger David Spero titled Refusing Medical Treatments and it was about his 89 year old mother in law. To make the long story short (you can follow the link to read the whole story) she was intended to be subjected to a myriad of tests because some hot shot radiologist saw something on the CAT scan he didn’t like and which based on her medical history, advanced age, and a simple lack of cooperation from her and the family, who felt these tests were bordering on invasive.
In this unique case money was not an issue since the hospital is a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) so all the extra tests would have been covered.
To paraphrase David
“American medicine over treats people every day. It wastes hundreds of billions of dollars for care that nobody wants and that causes more problems than it solves. Because some doctor, who knows a patient only by her CAT scan, thinks he knows better than her or her family what is best for her, and because everyone is afraid of missing something and being sued, and because they believe that if they do their job right, everyone will live forever, people have painful, difficult, expensive medical experiences that often make things worse. Really the only defense you have is to say no, so don’t be afraid to do it!”
Back to the matrix and my book, My goal for writing it is simply to make you aware that these ailments commonly affect diabetics, that diabetics have a compromised immune system that leaves us vulnerable to so many other chronic diseases, so to me these tests are not only necessary but critical as well.
But that happens to be my opinion, once you are aware they exist, it is up to YOU to make a determination if the tests and subsequent diabetes treatments become over kill and if you choose to pursue them or not, I can only show you the door……
However do not let money or cost be your one and only motivator when deciding to pursue a test or treatment I don’t have to stress that your health is much more important.
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