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Offline Terryanne

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Requesting your opinions!
« on: 23 April 2016, 03:15:50 PM »

My name is Terryanne and I am a student from the United States studying at the University of Leeds this semester. After graduation, I would like to attend medical school. In order to graduate from my university (Penn State) I need to complete an honors thesis.

Last year my youngest brother was diagnosed with Diabetes, so I thought that I would combine my study abroad with something that I have recently become interested in -- Diabetes. My study focuses on the differences in the way that Type II Diabetes is treated, prevented, and perceived between the United States and the United Kingdom.

I would really appreciate it if you would take 5 minutes and answer this brief survey for my thesis.


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Offline nytquill17

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Re: Requesting your opinions!
« Reply #1 on: 27 April 2016, 04:19:00 AM »
Just bumping this up to the top now that it's been approved! Please do take a few minutes to fill out the survey if you are so inclined!
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Offline Paulines7

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Re: Requesting your opinions!
« Reply #2 on: 27 April 2016, 10:54:17 AM »
Done!  The survey is very short and doesn't go into much detail.
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017. 47 Feb 2018. 50 Jul 2018. Pacemaker fitted 2008 - replaced 2017.

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                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

Offline Venomous

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Re: Requesting your opinions!
« Reply #3 on: 27 April 2016, 10:56:03 AM »
 I think this survey asks more about my feelings towards how 'my country' treats/prevents diabetes than my real experience; perceptions of treatment aren't the same as treatment. I can't answer how my country treats/prevents diabetes as I am not treated by my country! I can only give details of my own experience.  Responded as well as I could.
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Offline himtoo

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Re: Requesting your opinions!
« Reply #4 on: 27 April 2016, 04:11:28 PM »
the OP does not really grasp how the system works in the UK -the vast majority of T2's don't have access to a specialist at all
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Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
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Offline sedge

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Re: Requesting your opinions!
« Reply #5 on: 27 April 2016, 06:12:22 PM »
Exactly Paul - and as for the advice on testing - verboten -   and prevention?? no acknowledgement that there's any genetic element or any other reason for it - only 'your own fault' for being fat.

It's truly amazing - you know I have both emphysema and PAD and the chances are I freely admit that BOTH of those are 99.9 if not 100% caused in my case by my own smoking.  Yet nobody BUT nobody - has turned round and said 'You brought this on your own head'.  Maybe because I say this upfront - I'm aware of the fact that it's self inflicted - but nobody including me, can possibly undo that.  I made my bed as it were.  But I don't pick up the paper every day and see continual carping and yet more wrong info about either of those things.

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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Requesting your opinions!
« Reply #6 on: 27 April 2016, 07:08:39 PM »
I just did the survey, giving neutral or meaningless responses just to check out the questions.

You have had the response of the moderation team already and found it useful... but from a personal (and respondent view) I would say the following:

I agree with Himtoo that you possibly haven't fully grasped the system in this country, where T2s are normally managed by their General Practitioner.  Knowing something of the US system, due to belonging to some international forums and having friends and family who are US residents, our GPs perform different roles to those in the US.  Without going into long winded detail, at least one GP in each practice will have had extra training to deal with diabetes issues.  A T2 will only be referred to a specialist (Endocrinologist) if there is something unusual about their presentation or they develop complications, so Q5 regarding how long it takes to be referred cannot be answered with any degree of accuracy and if the response was "never" or 10 years, it doesn't necessarily mean our system is failing or negligent.

Q3 about the education given to the public is difficult to answer because actually they give out plenty of information and education. BUT... in common with the US system, most of the information is at the least misguided, if not downright wrong.  Ditto Q9 about prevention.  Our advice given is much along the same lines as the ADA stance regarding the "healthy diet" which is actually far from healthy. 

Throughout the survey I found it impossible to give an accurate and true answer to any of the questions without misrepresenting what "good" should be.

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