Do any other Type 1s feel disheartened by diabetes magazines’ inattention to the Type 1 demographic?
For some reason, I decided a few months ago to give Diabetes Self-Management another try after canceling a previous subscription a few years ago. I picked up a copy at my endocrinologist’s office and thought that it would help me stay more current on what’s in the technology and management news for Type 1.
After a few months of receiving their publication, I find that maybe 1 page out of a hundred ever relates to anything going on in my “self-management.” Yes, I’ll find a recipe or maybe an ad for a Humalog pen, but all of the articles seem to pertain to either Type 2 or the onset of long-term complications. I never see articles on bolusing or CGMS or research on Type 1.
In this month’s issue, I was excited to see they had an article on Insulin Pumps (even if it was geared toward “parents” of diabetics), but it seemed to be presenting pumps as some new and questionable treatment, pointing out that it’s no better or worse than MDI (debatable, to say the least) and how the sites can fall out, you can hit a bad site, etc. I felt like the article could have been written ten years ago.
I don’t know. I’m tired of paying for subscriptions that don’t apply to me. I get discouraged by how underrepresented and undercatered to the demographic of adult Type 1 truly is. Either magazines are talking to my mommy or they just aren’t talking to me. I’ve written a letter to their editor asking for more representation of Type 1 in their articles, but considering how small a slice of the sugar-free pie we really represent, I doubt things will ever change.
Your thoughts? Do you have a favorite diabetes magazine as a Type 1 (online or print)? Are there any you hate? Do you just want me to stop my whining?