This week we did a Healthy Matters show about diabetes and I wanted to write a post about that topic while it is fresh in my head. So I sat down to write but quickly realized that diabetes is probably the most wide-ranging medical condition of them all. It has complex causes, different types, multiple risk factors, numerous complications, and lots of treatments. It is a chronic illness that requires a team of health care professionals and dedicated patients to manage. So I really can’t cover diabetes in a blog post.
At least one that isn’t of Tolstoy-like length.
Then I remembered a comment from a caller to last Sunday’s show. Betty had called in with a question about diabetes, and she noted on the air that she had learned more in the previous 15 minutes of our broadcast than in all the years she had been living with diabetes. (I love our listeners!)
So I thought, hey, I don’t have to cover all of diabetes, I’ll just summarize what we talked about in those 15 minutes, putting it in progressive levels of detail. Sort of like college. Except without the tuition.
Of course, those first 15 minutes of diabetes discussion didn’t come from me. It was my guest, Dr. Laura LaFave, who skillfully broke it down for us. That’s Laura in the photo above, taken just before we went on the air from the WCCO studios in downtown Minneapolis. Dr. LaFave is an friend and colleague with whom I did my training at Hennepin County Medical Center many years ago. Recently, she re-joined our clinical and teaching faculty at Hennepin. (Hint: you, too, can see Dr. LaFave as a patient if you need an Endocrinologist by clicking this link).
For the aurally-inclined among you, I really encourage you to listen to the podcast of the broadcast by clicking the banner here. For those drawn to the written word, I’ll summarize the key learning points in the the following paragraphs. Your choice!