NYC Drowning in Diabetes

Start Spreadin’ the News… They’re Here to Stay… New York, New Yooooorrrk!

Sorry, it’s just that quite a few people emailed me urgently on this one, and I’m reeling… The New York Times reports that an estimated 800,000 adult New Yorkers — more than one in every eight people in that city — now have diabetes. City health officials are describing the problem as a “bona fide epidemic.”

The (grueling) article notes:

Already, diabetes has swept through families, entire neighborhoods in the Bronx and broad slices of Brooklyn, where it is such a fact of life that people describe it casually, almost comfortably, as “getting the sugar” or having “the sweet blood.”

But as alarmed as health officials are about the present, they worry more about what is to come.

The percentage of diabetics in the city is nearly a third higher than in the nation. New cases have been cropping up close to twice as fast as cases nationally. And of adults believed to have the illness, health officials estimate, nearly one-third do not know it.

What is UP with that city? (Hey, my parents are New Yorkers, so no smack talk here! Just curiosity)Nyc_love

As Dr. Fuhrman of DiseaseProof notes, the danger is twofold: Not only is diabetes itself dangerous (complications!), but more than 70 percent of adults with Type 2 diabetes die of heart attacks and stroke.

This may go a ways toward excusing (er, explaining) the city’s recently announced plan to track people with diabetes, requiring them to forward their BG test results to the City Health Department — which understandably created quite a hullaballoo.

I personally stand with Elizabeth Snouffer of Diabetes 24/7 in my new-found ambiguity on this program. Is it possible that some kind of tracking program could have made a difference for my father, who died of the effects of poorly cared-for Type 2 diabetes DECADES before he should have? I just don’t know.

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5 Responses

  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth January 10, 2006 at 6:29 am | | Reply

    The series continues today with videos and more articles in the Times. This will be a daily event this week.

    New York is very unique in that it is a microcosm of the world-at-large. It shows just how bad the diabetes epidemic is in a snapshot.

    Thank you for the plug Amy!

  2. E.
    E. January 10, 2006 at 9:37 am | | Reply

    I am trying to hold back any opinions until they have finished the complete series. I haven’t succeeded so far.

    What surprised me the most is that there seems shock that there is an explosion of type 2. Didn’t see that one coming- and oh yeah- we were going to be out of Iraq in two years as well.

  3. gina
    gina January 11, 2006 at 6:36 am | | Reply

    hey, support new yorkers by wearing the new shirts i made http://www.cafepress.com/c2cd

  4. FuGwa
    FuGwa January 22, 2006 at 4:37 pm | | Reply

    More buracracy in New York City does not translate into better care. Often times it creates additional paperwork with even more incompetent people involved.

  5. Amanda
    Amanda January 27, 2006 at 10:13 am | | Reply

    Did you see this?
    Hey! I heard about this show that is going to be aired and you should really check it out. It seems really interesting…

    here go to this link and read about it…
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11006651/#060126b

    The fact that this could happen is scary! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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