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.