The dark side of diabetes awareness
Ladies and Gentlemen, my perception is of a big fat bastard. I am a donut inhaling, potato chips crunching, soda drinking, Ben and Jerry sloshing, super size me McDonald grazing sloth that has spent his entire adult life gorging himself into a stupor. I have a healthy aversion to fitness and my idea of exercise comprises of me lifting my greasy couch potato fingers to change the channel on the idiot box.
And O yea, I have this pesky little problem called Diabetes that I contracted because of my many self hating habits.
Last week I was having an animated discussion with my friend Alexis. Ok first of all she is such a great Mom, her Son J has diabetes and You can find her musings against the D at Justice’s misbehaving pancreas or tweet @Im_D_Mama but on this particular day, we were on opposite sides of the Kanye West acting a fool episodes.
For those who don’t know Kanye West is a rapper who and this is my just take, throws childish tantrums just to get attention, Nicole happens to totally disagree with me on this and bless her. But if you check out A Timeline Of Kanye West’s Public Outbursts, you might just agree with me. To many it might seem like childish pranks, to his hard core fans (yes you too Alexis) he could never do any wrong but to me it is merely a culmination of the long drawn celebrity belief that any publicity is good publicity.
I understand the genius behind it as well, since it doesn’t matter what idiotic thing, a celebrity will do, Even if it is with Outrage, angry feelings, indignation or even just the passing fancy, folks will still talk about it and in the process enhance the visibility of said celebrity. I honestly had no idea who Taylor Swift was, until Kanye West did what he did, Now I must admit, I have a few of her songs on my Ipod. That infamous VMA moment was the best thing to ever happen to Taylor Swift’s music career.
Anyone here believe the Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake “Nipplegate” was an accident, coz I sure as hell don’t.
Many diabetic’s I know feel short changed by the recent media onslaught of Obesity related causes.
America has always been the but of many fat jokes, excuse my pun but it wasn’t until, the media took a hold of the unnatural progression of an obesity story i.e. Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and all the other Obese related conditions, sprinkle in a little political malevolence in the name of health care reform and the outcome is a perfect mob induced hysteria motivated firestorm that has swept up every diabetic.
I say a mob mentality because I perceive the current state of diabetes awareness as such.
Thanks to the media onslaught, your regular Joe knows what diabetes is but beyond that, they have connected the dots from obesity to diabetes and the natural conclusion that this is merely a self inflicted disease.
The repercussions are many but only one concerns me today, Money
The demand for diabetes research funding clearly exceeds the funds available and the need for private funding and fundraising is critical.
Most of the funding for diabetes research comes from the federal government. The National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is one of a number of branches of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that support diabetes research. The NIDDK budget estimate for 2010 is approximately $1.9 billion.
In retrospect, the The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), is the Nation’s principal agency for cancer research and coordinates the National Cancer Program. Its budget for FY 2009 was $4.97 billion, excluding the additional $1.26 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds received by the Institute for spending in FY 2009 and FY 2010.
There are an estimated 1.6 million cancer cases in the US in 2010 compared to 24 million diabetics.
In 2009, both the ADA and the JDRF spent $134 Million (ADA $33.5) (JDRF $101 ) on research related projects.
Donations for diabetes research by individuals is a valuable way of raising research dollars. It is certainly up to Us to pick up the slack.
But no matter how much I Ride, Walk, Swim, or Smile, for a cure, it all boils down to dollars and cents and the perception that a diabetes cure simply involves eliminating those self hating habits I mentioned earlier does nothing to help when I hold out my hand asking for that donation.
Where we go from here, I haven’t the slightest clue, it is an issue that is above my pay grade.
FYI: I am a type 2 diabetic, have been most of my adult life yet I am 5’10″ 195 pounds, Fairly active (cycle 50k almost every day) , haven’t had a donut as long as I can remember and YES.. McDonald is the pure Evil Cooperation, but In the Infamous words of Eminem “am whatever you say I am“ and many of my friends are too.
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