Type 2 Musings is a collection of thought-provoking original and curated content about all things health, healthcare, and diabetes.
The ideas presented here are based on my experiences living for more than a decade with type 2 diabetes. This, along with my interest in med tech and my understanding of public policy’s impact, shape my own unique perspective. My hope is that sharing these thoughts and ideas will help readers make sense of health and healthcare, whether they live with a chronic illness or not.
About this blog
A few months after my diagnosis I started this blog in an attempt to make sense of life with diabetes and the challenges I face.
As is so often the case, the first thing I focused on was food and eating as a way to manage diabetes. Since then my interests have moved toward more systemic concerns. This blog reflects that journey from my earliest foodie writings to my current interest in how med tech is bringing change to healthcare and where US health policy is headed.
About me: Corinna
At the beginning of 2009 my life changed. That was when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Truth be told I had been ignoring my health for a while. Like so many people I was too busy. Busy with family. Busy with work. Busy with everyday life and its stresses.
Even if I explained away all the classic symptoms I was experiencing (being thirsty, peeing a lot, feeling fatigued) as stress, I still had all the classic risk factors (overweight, sedentary, close family members with diabetes, Latina, middle aged). Some would say it was just a matter of time. And my time was up.
When I was diagnosed my A1C level was over 13%! My doctor looked at me with that “Why are you walking around and not in a diabetic coma?” kind of look.
That was my wake up call. I took it very seriously. I made lifestyle changes and started taking medication. Within 18 months I cut my A1C by nearly half. Since then type 2 diabetes has been my constant companion. and motivation to take better care of myself.
REVISED January 2020
MEDICAL DISCLOSURE: If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or some other medical condition be sure to consult with your medical team (doctor, nutritionist, etc.) before making any changes to your health routine. I am not a medical professional of any kind. I do not give medical advice.
EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE: I used to work for the Diabetes Hands Foundation. While I may write about the foundation and its programs on this blog, the writings and opinions here are my own.