If you keep up with the diabetes headlines, several important conversations have occurred over the last couple of weeks. One of those questioned what causes diabetes and what a healthy lifestyle looks like when a person lives with diabetes. So much false information about diabetes filled cyberspace.
For this reason, I was glad to partner with the President/ CEO of JDRF, Derek Rapp, to jointly write this piece entitled, “Diabetes Myths– Busted.” I am a leader who believes that partnership with other likeminded organizations is a key to success of our mission.
Together we said this:
We need a constructive national dialogue about the rise of diabetes and its impact on our country.We face devastating diseases that affect millions of people young and old and of all races, shapes and sizes. Diabetes dictates how they organize their day, what they eat at every meal, how they choose to be physically active and even how they spend their money. Together diabetes and prediabetes cost our country $322 billion a year. This impact can also be measured in blindness, amputation, kidney failure, stroke, heart attack and other complications. We believe that resources spent discussing diabetes would be better spent on raising awareness about all types of diabetes and funding and conducting research to help us uncover new answers and to ultimately find a cure.
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Then, the July 11, 2015 edition of National Journal profiled how my personal mission aligns with my professional one.
National Journal is regarded as one of the most influential publications in Washington, D.C., providing more than three million influentials in public policy and business with the insights they need to make government work. The magazine has a four-decade history of serving leaders in Washington—and around the country—with trustworthy, in-depth analysis on legislation, politics and the structural trends shaping America. So for these reasons, I was glad to sit down for this interview. Anything I can do to bring attention to the great work done at the American Diabetes Association is my pleasure!
Here’s a portion of the interview:
. . . One of his main goals, he tells me, is to try to promote greater understanding of the condition and its causes. With 29 million cases of diabetes in the United States and 86 million more people at risk with high blood sugar, practically every family has a member who’s affected by the disease, he says—but one of the things that’s hardest for sufferers to handle is the stigma.
“People have this belief that our family members who have diabetes brought it on themselves,” by eating too much or exercising too little, Hagan says. “And that’s what has to go away.” Diabetes is “a very complex disease,” he tells me. “Countless genetic and environmental factors contribute.”
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Be watching for future “In the News” updates! There’s so much more to keep talking about.