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Well that was unexpected..


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Yesterday, as I'm sure many of you out there did, I filled out the survey offered by SparkPeople via the Insider link on the front page. I always click the Insider link on the front page to earn 1 Spark point and to keep up on the latest Spark info. Sometimes it's about something new to me, and sometimes it's not. The survey was new, so I went ahead and filled it out.

There were a couple of sections that resulted in unexpected actions. One was related to diabetes. It asked if I or anyone in my household had been diagnosed with any form of diabetes and I checked the box for pre-diabetic. Bill had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic several years before I found Spark People and we cleaned up our act and diet, so that check was truthful.

Another section asked a similar question regarding emotional/hormonal conditions, and I checked the box for depression, for myself. It is what it is, and I'm dealing.

Anyway, this morning, I logged onto SP as I usually do to enter my nutritional information for the day and noticed there's now Blood Glucose Tracker situated just under my Water tracker et.al. Odd, I'd never seen that before. The more I looked at my nutrition page, the more I realized it was vastly different.

New meal ideas (yes, I use the SparkPeople meal planner and suggested meals).
Not only a row for Meal Totals: but now there's a row for Meal Goals. Nice.
Not only a Snack category, but now there's a Snack 2. WooHoo!

Apparently, I've been set up as a Spark-D user, with a diabetic meal plan. I'm not diabetic, that I know of, but I'm going to go with the flow. Why?

The new meal suggestions are a very nice, welcome change from the same ole, same ole. The Meal Goals is great, because before, whenever I would sub my own meal for the suggested one, I had no idea if I was hitting near enough to what I should be consuming.

And really, who's going to argue with a suggested second snack?
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I added my own categories of Morning Snack, Afternoon Snack, and Evening Snack, as one simple 'Snack' was not sufficient to cover my whole day. Now with two suggested categories, I can plan better and eliminate my user-added fields.

So, all in all, my Nutrition tracker looks like it received an upgrade, even though I'm sure this isn't new to the site, just to me. I received two extra emails from Spark today - one for diabetes and one for depression. I'll peruse them to see what information I can glean from them and decide whether or not I'd like to keep receiving the emails.

Did any of you take the survey? Did it change or effect any of your tools?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPEEDYDOG 12/1/2012 9:34AM

    Hi Candy,

I work for a health care company. I am responsible for the privacy and security of medical records in accordance with rules, regulations and laws on a world-wide basis. We spend untold millions of dollars to protect your medical history. In the United States, the most important law that covers medical record use and disclosure is HIPAA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). HIPAA is a great law and makes sure that your medical history doesn't fall into the wrong hands, such as a potential employer that decides not to hire you based on some medical condition.

HIPAA only applies to "Covered Entities", including: health care providers, health plans and health care clearing houses. You will note that privacy laws do not apply to social media. Facebook has come under fire recently for changes in privacy practices. Google has been bashed occasionally for gathering and selling all sorts of information regarding searches. Congress is now considering privacy laws to govern social media.

Now, I am not the least bit worried about SparkPeople's survey because I feel that SparkPeople is motivated to provide the best possible health advice to members. I filled the survey out myself and I am a paranoid security guy!

However, any information that is posted to, or gathered by, social media sites is not subject to privacy regulations. I am amazed that people who make threatening or derogatory posts to Facebook or Twitter are surprised when there are repercussions!

Sorry for TMI. Take Care, Bruce



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DESERTDREAMERS 11/30/2012 1:09AM

    Huh - I did the survey, too, but I'm not diabetic (or pre). Just got online late, so I'll have to pay attention to my settings. I already get the depression, heart disease and a couple of other newsletters.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/29/2012 11:44PM

    I took the survey and the same happened to me. You will see changes on your weigh in page too - a place to log blood sugar readings.

For those who missed it, check your my SparkPoints page. There was a link to the survey there too.

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GAYEMC 11/29/2012 8:01PM

    Lost my comment, . sorry I can't replay

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ANNESYLVIA 11/29/2012 7:21PM

    Oh my, I thought I always read insider. But I don't remember seeing that survey. emoticon .



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JERSEYGIRL24 11/29/2012 5:05PM

    I noticed this too. Ironically, I went for a blood sugar reading yesterday and it came back well within the normal range (last one was a little high but still acceptable). So even though I am trying to watch my sugar intake for a number of reasons, I don't want a diabetes diet on my food tracker. At least not yet!! I was able to change it. Here are the instructions:

www.sparkpeopl
e.com/community/help_answer.>asp?id=110




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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/29/2012 4:31PM

    i didnt see a survey or i woulda taken it!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/29/2012 3:25PM

    Well, I missed that one. It's nice that they are proactive to help you when they think you have diabetes concerns. I didn't even know they offered advice on depression. That's kind of cool.

I need to get back to using my trackers. I just get so down when I log everyone, it looks good and I still don't meet my goals. Ugh.

I hope all is well. Sending lots of hugs!

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PSAPPEN 11/29/2012 1:51PM

    Yes, it changed the nutrition tracker on mine to the glucose tracker as well. I didn't like the change. I like counting my fruits and veggies, since I don't test my blood glucose yet. I am hoping to put off the diabetes for as long as possible - it runs heavily on my mother's side.

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ALICIALYNNE 11/29/2012 1:48PM

    You, of course, already know that it messed with mine some.

Like you, I'm going to go with the flow. If it really bugs me, I'll just take the things off.

Edited to add: the new e-mails I got are the Healthy Heart and the Diabetes newsletters (my dad had both, so I checked those boxes even though he isn't technically in my "household").

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