So we all know we are currently experiencing an epidemic that is about to “tidal wave” africa in terms of diabetes. And we know that world wide despite logarythmic increases over at least the last 10 years there is no stopping the tide. We love food and no exercise too much.
So we also know that the more this happens the less health wealth and happiness for society and the more sick folk get the more it costs the medical aids – so then with tears in my eyes and a brain between my ears why is it that we have a daily fight with funders to do what is right for patients and saves them hugely downstream costs ?????
To me it’s a no-brainer. I dont know.
I have been accused of being a dilly woman and yes I am a woman doctor – that does not bode well to start in the patriachy. And yes my dress sense is a bit quirky. And yes my mouth she speaks way too easily for the patriachy once again. BUT, really all I want is the best for my patients short term, long term, longevity with quality wise which adds up to a societal knock on downstream. So whilst quirky all I am actually fighting for is the greater good ????
The funders and generally brushed with a giant sweep of a brush at large seem to slowly be waking up to the multiple facts staring them down like a gun barrel as this is a very large challenge to them to. How does one solve these dilemmas as still stay top 5 profitable in south africa ??;) 😉 😉 ah em …
Just saying, there are better ways to tackle this tsunami…
I met an amazing academic yet pracitical medical advisor the other day, and my suggestion is that other medical aids follow suite – yes have your acturial scientists who make you the top JSE company when a med aid is supposed to be a med aid not a top achiever, but combine it with some sense so that you can stay there cos right now your tactic aint going to work for you on the long game.
When you overload a cart the horses take strain. Much the same with the human body. Each cell requires a few things : amino acids, glucose molecules, and a whole host of other complicated yet simple molecules.
Each cell in the body essentially respirates, breathes in so to speak glucose and oxygen and breathes out ATP and CO2 in order to function, much like the lungs and the opposite of what trees do.
Simple yet complex.
If you overload the system with glucose molecules they will simply be stored as fat for a rainy day and also overwhelm and flood the system with stickiness.
That is what diabetes is in the type 2 sense of the word, flooding the system and causing a sticky mess.
Type 1 however is an initial lack of the key that takes the glucose into the cell and forcing the cell to respirate anaerobically which leads to death without the rescue molecule insulin.
Starving in a sea of plenty is type 1.
Drowning in a sticky mess is type 2.
The ebb and flow of the cell works in harmony if the correct diet is maintained and goes horribly out of whack with an overload or under-dose of glucose molecule flow to the cell.
Are you fatigued and have blurry vision ? Have you had your sugars checked.
You may be one of the many people who are living with an undiagnosed illness that is causing a train wreck in your blood vessels at large from head to toe.
It’s easy, simple and could be life saving.
One finger prick could save your life. The truth of the matter is that at least 1/3 of patients have had diabetes for 10 years BEFORE it is diagnosed. Have yourself tested today.
If you have an intact pancreas you already have a closed loop. That is to say you eat food and your pancreas automatically releases the perfect amount of insulin to “match” the carbohydrate you have just eaten so that the glucose molecule can travel easily into the cell, all cells require glucose for metabolism.
However if you are reading this and you are a type 1 diabetic you do not have B cells that are functioning and this is great news for you – a closed loop. It is in essence : an artificial intelligent pancreas.
It is here and for that we rejoice. It is not the full monty but at this stage each step is a win and this is a big big win. The algorithms get more and more accurate and detailed as time and data increase.
From march 2019 the alogrythms to close the loop will be available to all and anyone in the world.
For more info : 0832898351 Romae for a booking
It’s here and that is awesome. It’s hybrid and it’s not at its full potential as yet however it it more than we have had up to now and for that we rejoice.
This year from around next week, the various options excluding keycare of discovery will join the CDE family. Why this is exciting is that CDE has always provided comprehensive holistic care to diabetic patients and by managing a disease like this in a team approach it is simply put better managed.
What that means “downstream” so to speak is less cost to med aid, better health to patient. Greater longevity with more quality.
We are super excited at this development and though teething problems will certainly occur the benefits will outweigh the initial stumbles.
THe swtich over for diabetics on discovery is automatic you don’t have to do anything. Ok so top 2 plans nil to do, other plans register on health ID it seems with your GP/doctor. 🙂
Multi-disciplinary team approach to all diseases is a good way forward.
So this year all Discovery patients(excluding keycare) with diabetes will be covered on the CDE programme. This is super exciting.
What is CDE ?
Cardiovascular Diabetes and education – the brain child of Dr LArry Distiller which has been running for many years across south africa out of Houghton Johannesburg. It is a programme by which diabetes is managed holistically and by a team of professionals each focusing on an area of speciality : feet, eyes, diet, exercise, medication etc.
What makes it great for control of diabetes and general wellness is that all members talk the same language in terms of diabetes management and work towards a goal of control individualised for each patient.
For any queries phone : Romae 0832898351 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The CDE programme runs according to international and national guidelines to give the best outcomes longterm, that means looking to have less heart attacks, less amputations, less renal failure and dialysis, less hospital admissions for diabetes due to better control and the programme achieves it year after year.
We are all spiritual beings and have intrinsic innate plumb lines.
We all also have unbearable ignorance in us. There is actually much to navigate in this life. And choices present themselves and when they do the choices potentially direct or re-direct the rest of our lives.
So really we actually do have some control over the path.
I guess what I am trying to say is that life is as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it and within us lies a lot of intrinsic value as well as rubbish and we somehow have to sift out the rubbish and learn to trust the truth the internal plumbline that longs to direct our hearts and souls in a direction of fulfilment.
And to this end, we can really only be true to self if we are willing to be honest.
We celebrated world diabetes day this past wednesday and Diabetes in essence, especially type 1 offers and real deal opportunity for a whole family to get honest about a lot. A curse in essence which sometimes turns into a blessing in relation to facing challenges and rising in a dignified way above them.
In daily confronting a disease like diabetes that challenges you to eat healthily and responsibly, inject correctly, pre-empt highs and lows and at the same time fight the chronic disease fatigue.
The irony is if you manage your diabetes well you outlive the rest of the population due to preventing things like heart disease etc. I wish it were so simple with our psyche. Diabetes is a special challenge to the psyche and so many patients battle this daily and win.