12 posts from November, 2012

Building a True Picture of Diabetes During American Diabetes Month

Posted November 5th, 2012 by

Get a Clearer Picture of Diabetes During American Diabetes Month This November

November is American Diabetes Month, and this year, the American Diabetes Association is working to reshape the understanding of diabetes.  The goal is to raise awareness of the fact that diabetes is life-changing disease with a huge societal impact – and not a minor hindrance, as some people think.

As part of this mission, the ADA is asking patients with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes to send in a photo that captures what life with diabetes is like.  What are the everyday challenges and considerations?  Help the ADA build a mosaic of the “true picture of diabetes” and CVS will donate a $1 for every photo uploaded, up to $25,000.

Upload Your Photo of Life with Diabetes, and CVS Will Donate $1 for Each Photo.

Another way to get a clearer picture is to consider some of the alarming facts about diabetes, which is projected to affect as many as one in three Americans by 2050:

  • 26 million Americans are currently living with the disease
  • 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart attack or stroke
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and new cases of adult blindness
  • The cost of diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs

If you are living with diabetes, or you’re at risk for developing it, connect with others like you at PatientsLikeMe.  There are more than 1,000 type 1 diabetes patients and more than 4,700 patients type 2 diabetes patients in our community who are sharing experiences with blood glucose controlsymptoms, treatments and more.

How do they evaluate common medications such as Metformin and Insulin Glargine?  How many have undergone a kidney transplant?  Who’s taking part in a diabetes-related clinical trial?  Exchange knowledge and support with those facing many of the same struggles as you.

A Snapshot of the Type 2 Diabetes Community at PatientsLikeMe

For an in-depth picture of a family affected by diabetes, check out our interview with kidney transplant recipient Michael Burke.


The Five Different Types of Psoriasis

Posted November 1st, 2012 by

A photo shared by one of our members, Lissa, who has plaque psoriasis and guttate psoriasis.  Click to read her story!

On Monday, we recognized World Psoriasis Day on our blog, and today we’d like to dig a little deeper into this lifelong autoimmune condition, which can cause skin lesions on almost any area of the body as well as psoriatic arthritis.

Did you know that there are several types of psoriasis, and that they can have very different presentations?  Here’s a quick primer on the five main forms, none of which are contagious.

Plaque Psoriasis
The most common form involves reddish lesions topped with silvery white scales.

Guttate Psoriasis
A fairly common form marked by dot-like lesions that are small, red and scaly.

Pustular Psoriasis
Involves blister-like lesions and intense scaling, often on the palms and soles.

Inverse Psoriasis
Characterized by very red lesions where the skin folds (e.g. armpits, groin).

Erythrodermic Psoriasis
A rare, painful form marked by red, swollen skin and lots of dead skin shedding.

See photos of each type of psoriasis here.

Advanced Search Options for Finding Psoriasis Patients with the Same Subtype, Condition Status, Number of Years Since Diagnosis and More.

If you’re living with a form of psoriasis, find others like you in our growing community of more than 4,800 psoriasis patients. On our Patients page, you can search by type of psoriasis, years since diagnosis, Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) score and more.We also encourage you to add your subtype(s) on your condition history page so that others like you can reach out and connect.

What treatments work best for your particular type – from light therapy to topical corticosteroids like clobetasol?  Trade notes and exchange support with those who can truly relate today.