Wednesday, November 14, 2007

19 Essential Facts about Diabetes

Since today is World Diabetes Day, I put together 19 simple facts that everyone should know...

1. There is NO CURE for Diabetes. (yet.)

2. There are 2 Types of Diabetes.

3. Type 1 Diabetes = Broken Pancreas = No Insulin Production = Deadly Amounts of Glucose in Blood

4. If left untreated (insulin shots), you can will die from Type 1 Diabetes.

5. More than 200 children get type 1 diabetes every day.

6. #5 does NOT happen because their parents fed them a bunch of sugar.

7. Children may die because their families cannot afford the medication they need.

8. Type 2 Diabetes = Malfunctioning Pancreas

9. Type 2 does NOT necessarily = Obese

10. Obese does NOT necessarily = Type 2

11. Obesity is sometimes linked to Type 2 Diabetes, NOT Type 1

12. Diabetes does not discriminate and is linked to genetic disposition.

13. Over 50% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

14. "nearly 80% of the American public does not know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes."

15. You don't want to be in that 80%

16. "almost 70% believe a cure exists for type 1 diabetes."

17. You definitely don't want to be in that 70% either.

18. If you understood facts 1~17, you are now much more informed than 80% of the US about Diabetes.

19. Halle Berry did not cure diabetes.

Ok, so the last 6 facts weren't really THAT essential, but good to know nonetheless!

[please leave me a comment if there are any corrections to these facts that need to be made if you discover them]


Jillian said...

11. Obesity certainly does not help in preventing Diabetes... (not the best wording)

Something more like:
11. Obesity is only linked to type 2 diabetes (or something like that)

Actually I would specify Type 1 vs. 2 in every one where you just said "Diabetes". Thanks for the list.

Albert said...

thanks Jillian!
I take it you meant that Obesity is only linked to type 2 (rather than type 1) diabetes. right?

If anyone else catches changes that should be made let me know!

Chris said...

I liked that post. My i direct people to it? Specifically friends and family.

Albert said...

sure! anything to help spread awareness.

dae said...

I really like point 19. :) Nice list. Actually another point is too much sugar doesn't cause ANY type of diabetes.

Bernard said...

Nice job Albert.

Chris said...

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Wingman said...

Awesome list! Wish I had found your blog sooner.