Diabetes and sleep are intricately connected, and many people with type 2 diabetes experience poor sleep quality or insomnia. In one, I’m afraid I’ve forgotten which, dexcom g6 transmitter stickers it was previously a fairly poor prognosis but with a new drug (imatinib, quite pricey) people can remain in good health for a long time – as Archie noted later, perhaps until they die of something else like old age! The claims were fanciful, the biochemical information was poor and the evidence was patchy – but I could see why it was popular. That’s less true today, but it’s also less important today in the era of consumer-directed healthcare plans and readily available health information on the Web. Today was about celebrating three objects used in the everyday lives of pathologists, and part of the wider ‘A history of pathology in 50 objects’ that was published by the RCPath in 2010 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The Story of Your Blood’ at Gresham College today I smiled. Elimination of such foods helps in keeping your blood sugar under control in an efficient manner. Any kind of starch is broken into glucose or into straightforward sugar.
In addition, perplexities may rise up out of low glucose realized by over the top insulin treatment. I picked up a copy of the booklet (they were handing them out free) and got stuck in on the train home. It’s FANTASTIC. There’s an online version but the physical copy is a lovely thing, with each page having a little introduction to a particular object / tool that’s used now or in the past by pathologists. A real blood test by someone competent, taken under appropriate conditions with the appropriate awareness of symptoms and perhaps medical history could actually tell someone what type of cancer they have, if they have it, and whether or not a particular treatment is the most appropriate response, or if it should just have an eye kept on it. Archie also mentioned that he gets to write difficult exam questions and gave an example where someone might be asked to discuss the pros and cons of treating someone, who has a very particular form of blood cancer, with one of the drugs like imatinib long-term versus giving them a stem cell transplant that would replace their iffy cells with new unaffected ones.
Photos – best decision I ever made was to say ‘yes’ to Dropbox when it asked me if I wanted to sync my photos to Dropbox and earn an extra umpteen gigabytes. It irritated me so much that after numerous ASA adjudications (lost count) against a variety of people who sell it, I wrote to the ASA and asked if they would add some CAP guidelines on the test, which they did. Calendar – I was a bit sad when I left Diabetes UK and lost access to that email account to suddenly lose years’ worth of calendar entries which I’d foolishly tethered. He was the expert commentator on an episode of You and Yours talking about a bogus diagnostic blood test that was under investigation by the ASA and which has irritated me for three and a half years. I strongly suspect others requested this too as there seem to be rather a lot of people who’ve reported this misleading blood test to the Advertising Standards Authority.
Since these courses don’t actually teach much genuine information about either microscopy or making sense of blood smears there are an awful lot of people who have been ripped off to the tune of several thousand pounds, but at least they have a microscope and plenty of willing punters, so the ripping off continues, albeit unwittingly. There are at least two UK live blood practitioners who’ve said in their publicity material that they were trained by Robert O Young, wonder if they’ll amend that in light of his recent arrest. Update: 14 March 2016 – Robert O Young is currently in jail after being found guilty on two charges of practising medicine without a licnse. This morning I spotted on Twitter that he had been arrested at his ‘avocado ranch’, where he has a kind of treatment clinic, and charged with 18 counts of practising medicine (at his clinic) without a license, and also charged with theft. If too little is taken then the person may experience the metabolic emergency DKA mentioned above, which requires hospital treatment. Insulin’s main side-effect arises because it’s incredibly difficult to get the dose right – if too much is taken then blood glucose levels can plummet and the person may need medical treatment.