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Good Housekeeping does it good.

March 18, 2009

On the heels of yesterday’s heated post, I wanted to post a link to the Good Housekeeping article with Nick Jonas, and his parents, Denise and Kevin. They talk about his diagnosis and how they handle diabetes and frankly, it isn’t that bad. The only thing that really got me was the comment about 500 mg/dl causing blindness (I’ve been 500 and above and I’m not blind yet, thanks, but I think doctors say that just to scare you). The comment about injections is a little fuzzy, but I think if you don’t over-read it make sense. I wish Denise had made it clear that while Nick has given up drinking regular soda, being on an insulin pump does give him the flexibility to eat normally. Focusing on the “special diet” of a PWD only reinforces this stereotype. Luckily, they focused just on Nick’s own personal eating habits and didn’t make a sweeping statement about “diabetics not being able to eat sugar” or anything. That was definitely a close call… The Bayer comment was a little funny – clearly a product placement! Bayer’s PR company probably scored that interview, if you ask my professional opinion.

What do you think? Did Good Housekeeping do a good job of interviewing the Jonas clan?

4 Comments
  1. Melissa permalink
    March 19, 2009 6:06 AM

    Thanks for posting the link to this interview :]

    I quite liked it, to be honest. The statement about going blind probably wasn’t the best thing to casually slide in there … but you never know, maybe he said more (and explained what he meant in more detail) but GH edited the interview.

    I like that his Mum made a point about becoming educated.

    Overall, it was pretty good. I’ve definitely read worse accounts of diabetes.

  2. March 19, 2009 12:47 PM

    Definitely product placement in there…

    I’m wondering if the “500=blindness” remark meant consistently 500 or over for an extended period of time (days? weeks? months?)

    Remember, too, that most general practitioners (whether family doctors or pediatricians) are not all that well educated about diabetes. (This is one reason why many older T2s do not get the best possible diabetes care.)

    What I got from the diet questions on the interview is that Nick *has* changed his diet, though perhaps not as drastically as he might have needed/wanted to were he older and not nearly as active.

  3. March 19, 2009 3:14 PM

    I think it was rather poor only in that the interviewer clearly was not well informed about t1 diabetes. It would’ve been better if he/she were. And it was too short and glossed over things that needed more depth. Not terrible, but the misinformation about 500mg/dl causing blindness should have been omitted-I’m sure he said other things they could’ve quoted. And the thing about him taking shots and being on the pump was kinda odd, not to mention the obvious product placement of the BAYER contour.

  4. Betty J permalink
    March 26, 2009 5:57 PM

    I agree with Rayofhopefound lots of things were glossed over. Because the interviewer was not versed in Diabetes they asked the obvious questions that most uneducated would ask. Also his parents are not experienced in Diabetes so their answers weren’t very knowledgeable about Diabetes (not enough experience because he is a teen and seems more responsible for his care).

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