If the data from this story is accurate, half of American adults suffer from “pre-diabetes” or diabetes. And this is a major factor in healthcare costs and overall well-being of our population.
My take: or
Two things that are wrong with this article
A) “Pre-diabetes” is not a diagnosis.
Pre-diabetes often has no symptoms; it’s found through blood tests. But most of the time it remains undiagnosed. The CDC says about 10% of the 86 million afflicted adults know they have it.
Of course it’s undiagnosed. It’s NOT a diseases. Pre-disease is not a disease. I should know, I’ve had pre-cancer. You know what a doctor will prescribe and tell you when you have a pre-disease? Not much. There’s only so much they can do and say in the pre-disease phase. The pre-disease phase is entirely upon the patient to control or alter. I’d argue that most people are in some pre-disease phase. And of course they don’t recognize it as a problem because it’s not acute enough.
B) The conclusion paragraph completely negates the hero of the story.
The hero is Miss Tabatha Jordan. She’s someone who recognized her propensity for diabetes, made the conscious decisions to change her life and health outcomes and is succeeding in beating the odds. Her story should be the point of this article. But the reporter apparently didn’t think so – or given the benefit of the doubt – didn’t realize that her summary comment is in direct contradiction with what should be the takeaway point.
“What we are heading toward is much higher health care costs and much more disability,” said Sathya Krishnasamy, an endocrinologist with University of Louisville Physicians. “We need to make major, drastic changes as a community and as a nation.”
Quote: We need to make major, drastic changes as a community and as a nation.
That sentence is what’s wrong with America.
Here’s an actual, true and powerful story of someone who solved their own problems and it is reduced to a mere anecdote of what someone who is smarter than you thinks should happen.
Am I reading too much into this? Maybe.
But for once, for ONCE, I would love it if an expert in a medical field quoted in one of these articles said what most doctors and care providers actually think: the patient needs to put down the Twinky and go for a walk!!
That may be a little crass and harsh. Let me rephrase: the patient needs to be their own health advocate. (And let’s be real, if a doctor said that to a reporter, it would certainly get printed, and then that doctor would be open to a host of law suits!)
No amount of genetic inheritance, medicine, surgery, acupuncture, psychotherapy, or even education is as powerful as an individual’s determination to be healthy and vibrant. Nothing. Until a person becomes determined to improve their own life, they will only get so far on the road to health.
Why this matters:
This article paints a bleak picture: HALF of adults will have a chronic and debilitating disease. Sure there are occasional success stories. But the country as a whole needs to change.
It may not be wrong to say that society needs to change, but it’s certainly a useless and potentially dangerous thing to focus on trying to get society to change instead of an individual. This underlying theme that only collectively is change important is wrong, impractical and yes, dangerous.
Wrong because when change can happens, it typically happens one mind, one heart at a time.
Impractical because we are not very good at consensus.
Dangerous because it is too easy to place blame and burden on someone else rather than on one’s self – therefore enforcing punishment on someone other than one’s self.
This article, which vaguely, delicately implies that the solution to a growing health problem does not reside within the individual but rather with the broader society is part of the problem. With the implication that someone should do something instead of directly saying “you should do something” means many people never will do anything.