Diabetes versus cancer. Yeah, not as sexy. I don't know if this is due to successful propaganda from the media or if it's a personal problem, but diabetes just isn't as sexy as cancer.
|To quote Amy Winehouse - "no, no, no!"|
In this case, cancer wins the sexy
And this is pat of the problem when it comes to raising both money and awareness for diabetes. I'll admit that my knee jerk thought when I hear diabetes is fat people - people who should take better care of themselves but don't. I think lazy and that they have themselves to blame. In contrast, cancer is pink, it's sexy, it's strong people who didn't deserve the diagnosis. This isn't right, and I know it.
While weight clearly is a factor, both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles in the cause of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery.
With its increasing prevalence and high cost of treatment, diabetes places an enormous demand on the economic resources of the U.S. Approximately 20% of the nation’s health care dollars go to treating people with diabetes. Annual per capita medical spending for people with diabetes is more than two times that for those without diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90% to 95% of diabetes cases, has been found to be preventable through lifestyle or pharmacological interventions. The high cost associated with diabetes suggests that reducing incidence through prevention might lower lifetime medical spending and alleviate some of the future economic burden of treating diabetes.
|Make it rain!|
So - again, please donate to the American Diabetes Association by sponsoring my participation in Tour de Cure. You can donate here.
Ps! I'll bike no matter what, because I'm a sucker for any good century.