(I do realize that 'gaggliest' is not a word)
But Lord, I wish I'd kept a list of all the outrageous, ridiculous, upsetting and/or just plain annoying headlines about diabetes over the past year. Wouldn't that have made a great end-of-year roundup?
In any case, logging on after a week of offline holiday bliss (dinners with friends, walks on the local nature trail, and assembling a few too many lego contraptions for the kiddos), I was struck by the gagging sensation produced by these choice headlines:
Christmas Could Have Increased Diabetes Risk for Millions, Say Experts - Seriously? Type 2 is all Santa's fault now? According to this UK article, millions should "Make it your New Year's resolution to eat more healthily and take regular physical activity." Wow. Pass that on to your Aunt Joan with the high blood pressure. There's some news she can use.
Contact Lenses to Manage Diabetes, Soon - It's the word "soon" that bothers me here. Need I say more?
Artificial Sweeteners May Help Control Blood Sugar - with all due respect to Diabetes Health magazine and Reuters Health, I'm having trouble swallowing this one. I do wonder who initiated and supported this NIDDK research (?)
Low Blood Sugar May Impair Diabetics' Driving - ya think?! Apparently they needed a university study with 452 diabetic drivers to prove it. Problem documented. Solution? Not so much.
Alarming Levels of Diabetes Found in Fiji - the results came from an eye health survey. This is just weird and upsetting, not just because they're finding record numbers of people with diabetes there, but because all of the people discovered have already developed diabetic eye disease.
Health Magazine Reveals America's Healthiest Superfoods - This one came in an email pitch for the new issue coming out Jan. 1, 2010. But wait - um, salmon, blueberries, oats, broccoli, avocados - haven't we read this like, everywhere, before?
Moral of the story: too much attention to headlines is bad for your blood pressure? There hasn't been any real diabetes "news" in a very long time? Or possibly: taking breaks from the frenetic pace of cyber-news makes you extra snarky? Hmm, could be all three...