Who caught yesterday's New York Times article in which Dr. John Buse states that diabetes is the "Rodney Dangerfield of diseases,'' meaning it don't get no respect? Yipes!
Apparently he has a point, as evidenced by results of focus groups run by the American Diabetes Association: "On a scale of 1 to 10, cancer and heart disease consistently ranked as 9s and 10s. But diabetes scored only 4s and 5s."
The article, by Tara Parker-Pope, quotes the ADA's chief executive Larry Hausner, saying this:
"The general consensus seems to be, 'There's medication,' 'Look how good people look with diabetes' or 'I've never heard of anybody dying of diabetes.' "
Geezus, over 200,000 people die of diabetes in the US alone every year.
Somehow the timing of this coverage seems ironic, coming in so close to our CGMS Denial Awareness Day:
> Here we are fighting for this potentially life-saving medical technology while the New York Times is reporting that "some patients say they are too busy to take better care of themselves."
> Here we are fighting for this potentially life-saving medical technology while the ADA must fight just to get people to recognize that diabetes actually does put their lives in danger.
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