Like so many of you I record television shows for later viewing. Makes sense to me to spend 47 minutes to watch an hour’s worth of TV. I love skipping through the commercials, don’t you? But the other night I saw a two second spot in a commercial that made me go back and watch it.
There, on network television during prime time, was a commercial for an insulin pen. Insulin being advertised on TV. Sure, I know it wasn’t insulin itself, it was the delivery method. But on network TV? Do you know how expensive that can be? And, for it to make economic sense a lot of folks have to be using insulin. I was a bit surprised to say the least.
So, I did a bit of research. I had no idea that somewhere between 25% and 30% of Type 2 Diabetics are on insulin. How many people is that? Somewhere between 4 million and 5.5 million Type 2 Diabetics use insulin. That’s a lot. In her upcoming posts, Dr. K. will be talking about the different kinds of insulins that are used. Most people think of insulin as just for Type 1 Diabetes, but as she will tell us, many Type 2 Diabetics need to use insulin to control their blood sugars.
Imagine for a moment a world where you didn’t have to check your blood sugars four or five times daily. A world where no one had to stick a needle into their stomach to inject a life or death medication like insulin. Picture a world where Diabetes is so rare that there would be no financial reason for drug companies to pay money for television advertisements like the one I discussed earlier.
As John Lennon once sang “you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” Dr. K. and I know that Diabetes can be prevented if action is taken early. Prediabetes is a warning and a wake-up call. This is why we fight, why we wage war against the enemy, Diabetes. We know that through education and providing encouragement, the world can be rid of Diabetes one day. Will it be an uphill battle? Of course. But will it be worth it? Imagine that world in your mind again and picture it for your children and grandchildren. That is the world that we fight for, and knowing that it is within reach makes every second of the battle worth the end result.
If you are a Diabetic and are in the midst of your own battle, keep faith! You have so many tools at your disposal to attack and win against the diagnosis. Take your medications daily. If you are on insulin, use it as your doctor prescribes. Exercise. Pay attention to your diet. And remember, your online Diabetes team is here to support you whenever you need.
As always, thank you for reading.