Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association is conducting a sweep of the country today to determine how many more members of your local uncontrolled hypertensive obese community will be buying popular insulin-sensitivity drugs and incretin mimetics in the coming year. Now that everyone has free government-providedmandated healthcare, lots of Americans will have the opportunity to enjoy this popular diversion. Are you one? Take this little test and then don't blame me when you share the results with your physician and he gives you a sit-down talking to.

According to this test, I have some factors which place me in the "low risk" category for diabetes. Which is nice, because I have had Type One Diabetes for forty years. Back then, Juvenile Diabetes was either a death sentence or a promise of a horrible life filled with test tubes, boiled syringes, huge needles to collect blood samples, and huger needles to inject some animal's hormones so that maybe you could go play.
But at least I was given those choices. Besides a few years of adolescent defiance (in my thirties) and an experimental intoxication or two, I've lived a relatively well-prepared life and had the opportunity to advantage myself of various cures, methods, technologies, and modalities of diabetic control. Diabetes management is mechanized and efficient these days; I was prepared for this life all my life. And as a Type One Diabetic, I get to read all of the literature aimed at juveniles, so I retain my youthful insouciance
Type Two Diabetes -- although I am willing to unapologetically lampoon its cultural pervasion -- is a much worse fate. Imagine living your whole life the way you have been. ("Living" it, not "imagining" it.) And then having to make a complete lifestyle paradigm switch in your middle age or older. Your lifelong habits and pleasures have all led you to a dangerous place, slowly and silently in most cases. If you'd known, you would have made changes long ago, but now: regret.
Give yourself a chance.
That ADA site has some great information. So, I reprint the link that you'll never click here: The American Diabetes Association.Another fine Brooklyn export.
(This presentation has a photograph of Mary Tyler Moore.)

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