As you may or may not be aware of the series of articles that appeared in the New York Times
discussing Diabetes and its effects on diabetics, the healthcare system and the largest city in the United States – New York City.
The story finally sheds light on how Diabetes is being neglected by the government and how it is costing our healthcare system billions of dollars. (An estimated $132 billion a year.)
Some facts that were mentioned in the New York Times
ArticleOne in three children born in the US five years ago are expected to be diagnosed with Diabetes according to the CDC and more of a dimming forecast is even bleaker for Latinos; one in every two! Diabetics are two to four more likely than others to develop heart disease have a stroke and three times more likely to die of complications from flu or pneumonia.
Frank Vinicor of the CDC gave some shocking stats. One might be shocked how the epidemic is growing in a 24 hour period of time, between when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep.4,100 people diagnosed with Diabetes
230 amputations of diabetics
120 people who enter e-stage kidney disease programs
55 people who will go blind
What will it take for Congress and the President to give more funding for a cure, education and prevention? I know with a Republican majority running the federal government they are more fiscally responsible. However, look at the cost according to the Cato Research Institute that was also put in the New York Times article.
$1,600 a year roughly in medical costs (doctor visits, insulin, needles, testing strips, finger prick needles)
$30,400 if a diabetic has a heart attack or becomes an amputee $37,000 for kidney disease and more than $40,000 for a stroke.
The CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, which helps diabetics who are struggling and assists with prevention, had its funding cut and is now funded at $300,000. The Division of Diabetes Translation has been cut and it comes on a recently released CDC study that found that diabetes has risen by more than 14% in the last two years. In 2003 there were 18.2 million diabetes and in 2005 there are now 20.8 and growing! What is wrong with our leaders? Can't they see this disease can not be neglected because if it is it will only get worse?
It is time that our elected representatives in the House of Representatives, United States Senate and President take action to end this epidemic for the more than 20 million diabetics and growing.
I urge all of you to contact your Senator
and let them know Diabetes should be a priority, meaning more money for finding a cure and more money for prevention. I also suggest you write letters to the editor to your local newspaper to get more media attention for this neglected disease. Please send a letter to the New York Times
thanking them for their great story and bring this issue to light. firstname.lastname@example.org