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Diabetes Community Spotlight: The Poor Diabetic

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Updated July 01, 2012

About Ronnie Gregory

The Poor Diabetic is a blog by a man named Ronnie Gregory. Ronnie has type 1 diabetes. Why would I recommend a blog by someone who has type 1 diabetes to readers on a type 2 diabetes site? Aside from the fact it is a great blog and Ronnie is very likable, Ronnie's experience is something not too rare for people who are type 2. That experience is misdiagnosis. You see, Ronnie was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was treated as such for many years until he finally received the correct diagnosis and treatment.

It has been estimated that 7.5% to 10% of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have slow-onset type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually considered a disease that happens in childhood and type 2 develops in adulthood. When someone is diagnosed with diabetes as an adult, it is usually assumed to be type 2. Slow-onset type 1 diabetes is also called type 1.5 or latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA) and it develops gradually. Insulin shots are not needed until later so this can make diagnosis difficult.

I must point out while many people with type 2 diabetes do eventually require insulin shots after the pancreas begins to tire from overwork, type 1.5 is something different. People with type 2 produce insulin that is not very effective due to insulin resistance. People with type 1 diabetes do not make insulin at all and the need regular daily insulin injections to live.

Ronnie was and is a slender man. He was first diagnosed with type 1 and then diagnosed with type 2. He was prescribed oral medications and embraced a healthy lifestyle. However, he was not seeing the blood sugar numbers he expected. He finally compiled his diabetes history and showed it to his new doctor who figured out what was going on.

Again, his plight is not uncommon. On my DiabeticMommy.com website we have a large community of women with diabetes. Off the top of my head I can easily think of at least five women from that community who had been misdiagnosed too.

The Blog

Because of Ronnie's experience, his simple blog has a lot of information for people with both types of diabetes. Guest bloggers can also be found of either type. While most sites try to stick with one type or the other, I feel we have a lot to learn from each other and extra support and voices can never be bad.

The blog contains posts with information and commentary on latest news, politics, and devices. You can also find diabetes tips and tricks, cooking, treatments, and more.

Of course, this is all from the viewpoint of a "poor diabetic" and Ronnie tries to deliver news and information others like him can really use. This blog is friendly and relatable and feels like it is written by a real flesh and blood person who cares.

I hope you take the time to check out The Poor Diabetic, a great presence in the online diabetes community. Ronnie is not a healthcare professional, but he knows what he is talking about. If you take the time to read some online blogs from other diabetes patients, you will find many are very knowledgeable and offer very inspirational perspectives on life with diabetes.

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