Monthly Archives: July 2014

Diabetes related insurance problems?

I learned something today.  I don’t know why I didn’t know this, but I didn’t.  A lovely lady who sells private healthcare insurance advised me that most private healthcare insurance companies will not take on a patient diagnosed with diabetes.  Those that do exempt anything to do with diabetes.  So you are highly unlikely to be covered for any diabetes-related condition on private healthcare insurance.

If you are already a private healthcare customer, you’ll be covered for the initial investigations and diagnosis.  But once you develop the condition your insurance company will either wave you goodbye, or seriously limit your cover to exempt anything diabetes related.

With a failing NHS diabetes care service I expect many might think that private healthcare is an option to get enhanced care?  It isn’t!

I was truly shocked!  I hadn’t realised that once you are diagnosed with diabetes it’s largely over to you!

Once you are diagnosed the responsibility is all yours!  What will you do with your responsibility?

Simon Crack, a York-based solicitor, used his responsibility to book onto a RebalanceDiabetes programme.  According to him, everything else was a waste of 10 years – see his letter to me below…

Then…

…don’t waste your time – simply get in touch without delay for the best possible advice to help you look after yourself properly – click here:


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Is your G.P. doing enough for your diabetes?

Doctor waiting for a patientData from the National Diabetes Audit 2011/12, released last year, showed only 5% of diabetes patients were referred to a structured education programme during that 12-month period, and of those, just 1% took up the programme.”

But Dr David Payton, RCGP clinical lead for commissioning, warned that increasing self-care support for diabetes patients would require a ‘huge amount of training’ for general practice, which might not be feasible…

These excerpts, from a report I read recently, prompted me to wonder why there is such apparent apathy in meeting recommendations by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) that EVERY newly diagnosed diabetic should be given access to structured education? Why would doing so need a massive amount of “unfeasible” training in general practice? 

Could there be another underlying reason? 

Could it be that G.P. targets for diabetes care are simply too lax?

You see, your G.P. practice has to meet specific targets, called QOF, in order to achieve its government subsidy.  Many practices are achieving these easily because they are simply too easy to achieve.

HbA1c is the measure used to reflect average blood glucose levels over a period of weeks.  For non-diabetics that measure is between 20 and 41 mmol/mol.  Get to 42 and you might be described as “prediabetic”.  At 48 a diabetic is thought to be in “good control”.  Above 59, a diabetic is at serious risk of severe complications from the disease.

G.P.s receive their maximum financial incentive when you reach 59.  They have no further incentive through QOF.  There is no financial benefit through QOF for your G.P. to help you reach “good control”.  

In my world that is not OK.  It’s simply not OK!

But this might tell us why doing more is “unfeasible“?  “Unfeasible” for your G.P.’s budget plan maybe.  But an absolute necessity in terms of your health!

health choicesThe big question this week is this:

“If you are simply not going to be given this opportunity within the NHS – what are you going to do for yourself?”

 

Harmful insulin?

Glad to see insulin being questioned in the news this week.  It’s something that RebalanceDiabetes has questioned all along. After all:

  • People on insulin gain weight after a while
  • Doses tend to increase over time – telling you it doesn’t work long term
  • It encourages poor dietary habits – eat what you like and inject insulin to compensate?

And it’s this last point that makes no sense at all.

If someone without diabetes eats to much sugar or too many refined carbs, their bodies naturally produce insulin.  But since these people are likely to go on to develop Type 2 diabetes it’s clear that insulin doesn’t protect from inflammation, insulin resistance, weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and eventual complications associated with diabetes.

So how is injecting artificial insulin appropriate for people who already have problems with blood sugar?  It’s just not logical.

Of course those with Type 1 diabetes absolutely need some insulin.  Again though, how can it be appropriate to eat carbs freely as long as you compensate with fast acting insulin injections?

So it’s great that this issue is now being more widely recognised.

But what’s the alternative?

Take a look at my vids to see that it’s perfectly possible for Type 2s to live without insulin:

And for Type 1s to dramatically reduce theirs too: