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Are Americans Afraid Of?
answers will surprise you. An online survey conducted by
the American Diabetes Association found that people are
afraid of things they have little control over and are
not even likely to encounter. Some responses were: 16%
plane crashes, 13% snake bite, 5% a lightening strike,
4% a shark attack, and only 5% were afraid of illness
asked about specific disease, 49% feared cancer and only
3 % feared diabetes. Strange coming from a country where
66% of the adult population is too fat, toddlers are
already overweight or obese and kids are developing
diabetes 40 years before they should.
What we should fear.
Americans should be very afraid of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is very likely to lead to heart disease,
cancer, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure and blindness to
name a few conditions that can result from diabetes. The
good news is that type 2 diabetes it is almost always
preventable. Why worry about something not likely to
happen yet be unwilling to prevent what can be a
devastating, painful, expensive, life-shortening disease
that can significantly decrease your quality of life and
that of the people you love? People with diabetes can
pay thousand of dollars out-of-pocket for uncovered
medical care. Is it any wonder that 60% of bankruptcies
are due to medical costs, even among people who have
of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is
excess body fat. With 66% of our population already at
some risk how is it that people are so oblivious and
feel that they can abuse the only body they will ever
have? Are we so used to seeing overweight people that we
accept it as the norm? Is it human nature thinking that
“it can never happen to me”? What about people who feel
that they have the freedom to live the way they want,
but expect the rest of us to pay for the consequences of
their decisions? Currently direct and indirect costs of
diabetes are more than $218 billion per year.
can’t fix the system without personal responsibility.
health care system is broken. We are very close to a
breaking point. Health care costs are devastating
businesses and our economy. Whether you have good health
insurance or none, everyone pays in the end. When
emergency care is needed the US is second to none.
However, in many other aspects of health care we are
pulling up the rear. We spend twice as much for health
care per person than any other country. We are not
getting what we pay for. Nor is a more costly system
making us any healthier. We are 29th in infant mortality
(behind Cuba and Bosnia) and even worse in mortality
from chronic disease. One third of births are by costly
and potentially dangerous C-sections. We pay for
expensive procedures and drugs that aren’t any better
than older therapies.
special interests still have their way?
allow direct to consumer advertising for prescription
drugs under the guise of “education” because that is
what the drug companies want. Drug companies spend far
more on advertising than research and development. There
are very few new drugs in the pipeline.
do we pay more for American-made drugs than other
countries? Since Medicare part D began why have drug
prices escalated far beyond inflation? Why is
negotiation for better prices not allowed? We have
become a drug-oriented culture that we can no longer
afford. Nor is that approach making us any healthier.
It’s just big pharma welfare. Yet it seems that the
special interest will win out again and we the people
are fully participating in allowing that to happen.
Where does personal responsibility fit in? No one really
talks much about that. What responsibility do parents
have in making sure their kids are healthy and well
some parents unwilling to address lifestyle issues
because it means they have to make changes and set a
role does big business play in
all of this? Is the food
industry any different from the tobacco industry that
for decades managed to continue their charade at the
expense of people’s lives? Are we so blind to how the
food industry has added more and more sugar to all kinds
of foods to create a “sugar-addicted” society to reap
ever-increasing profits? Are we so willing to blindly
put money in the pockets of big business at the expense
of our health and that of our loved ones? Are we willing
to continue on this path that will mean less money for
education, national security and other needs simply
because we won’t eat better and move a bit more?
Personally, I’m afraid of exactly that. We seem to be
more willing to believe the marketing than to save
ourselves and our country.
are a wonderful country and there is no justification
for this kind of situation. We are the only
industrialized country that is unwilling to provide
affordable health care for all. It is time to fix what
we can, and no matter how much health care reform we
have or the special interests allow, without taking
personal responsibility, it won’t much matter. We seem
to be on a path to destroy our country and ourselves
from the inside out.
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