If you haven’t yet noticed, it’s November. Which for many of you, thoughts of Thanksgiving and Charlie Brown cross your mind. However, this is also World Diabetes Awareness Month. November 14 is World Diabetes Day. No, we don’t have a huge movement behind us. The NFL does not wear pink and go bananas to raise awareness. No, diabetes is not life threatening when treated.
Diabetes is a personal disease. It is a daily battle. It’s about waking up at 3am to check your blood sugar (or having your parents do it for you). It’s about giving yourself shots or infusions sets. It’s about counting carbohydrates and compensating with insulin every single time you eat. And that’s only a fraction of what is involved when it comes to living a life with type one diabetes.
However, out of all people who live with diabetes, only five percent of them have type one diabetes (American Diabetes Association). Here’s some food for thought:
Almost 30 million people in the United States live with diabetes (American Diabetes Association).
In 2010, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
The total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the US in 2012 was an average of $245 billion.
In 2008—2009, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 18,436 with type 1 diabetes.
Usually, I’ve been too busy to acknowledge that World Diabetes Awareness Month is even happening. Diabetes deserves to have recognition. I hope you learned a little something and will share the message: diabetes is not a faceless disease.
All facts and statistics come from the American Diabetes Association.
In this case, at least.
So Obama was making a speech about Obamacare and a women behind him nearly fainted so he stopped talking to help her. Which is really nice of him, though he would have looked really stupid if he had just let the girl faint and kept on talking.
I got the video off of Facebook, and one of the comments was “I’d be drinking my liquid glucose right there & then. Maybe even eating a banana. President or not lol.” Something in which I wholeheartedly agree.
I also feel sort of bad for the girl because how many chances do you have to stand right behind the president in a televised speech? Not many, I tell you.
By the way, the girl, Karmel Allison, later tweeted that she was okay and thanked President Obama for catching her. Pretty neat.
Why doesn’t the American Diabetes Association?
I find myself at a loss. While watching the Broncos game last Sunday (if you haven’t guessed already, I’m a big Broncos fan,) I was somewhat overwhelmed by pink. It was everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Every single player, referee, coach, and announcer had some form of pink on his body.
And I am somewhat conflicted. I have two feelings: Holy cow you know you got it big if the NFL, of all things popular, is basically advertising for you. So The American Cancer Society has got to be receiving some pretty heavy donations right about now. My second feeling was why not diabetes?
Don’t get me wrong… I think it is absolutely fantastic that the NFL is able to do so much good by raising ‘pink awareness’. But I am wondering why it is always Breast Cancer, and not some rare form of cancer that nobody has ever heard of, or even why not just cancer in general. And what if the NFL were to team up with other associations to raise awareness about other horrible diseases. Like Alzheimer’s, for example. Or maybe even Diabetes.
But then I was thinking about that and feeling terrible because it is possible to live with diabetes. With cancer, the death threat is more prominent. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t want diabetes to be ignored. Diabetes is my reality, and I’m sort of done with it. I want a cure.
Why cancer? And why Breast Cancer specifically? Maybe other medical associations should get their head in the game. And while it doesn’t have to be as big as the NFL, per say, maybe something should happen. Like just putting the word out.
Who is Jay Cutler, anyway?
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