Diabetes Forecast

Advocate Karmel Allison Grabs the Spotlight

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Karmel Allison

Photograph by Erika Johnson/University of California–San Diego Communications

Diabetes Advocate and blogger Karmel Allison stood behind President Obama in October  as he addressed the nation about the Affordable Care Act. In a surprising twist, Karmel stole the spotlight from the president when she nearly fainted during his speech. Karmel has type 1 diabetes and was pregnant at the time. While the incident had nothing to do with her diabetes, it provided her an opportunity to speak with the media and offer perspective on what the Affordable Care Act means for people living with diabetes—they can no longer be denied health insurance or charged more because of their condition.



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