The U.S. Center for Disease control and other public health agencies openly admit that "lifestyle changes" are almost twice as effective compared to Metformin, a commonly prescribed medication used to slow the onset of diabetes and milder cases of the disease. Do many diabetics know this? Do they find it too difficult to lose weight? Or are they just apathetic and/or lazy?
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Thanks for your comment, bankscottage. You're right that everything about our U.S. culture is against this NOW, but this may be forced to change by the cost of care bankrupting Medicare/Aid. What then? Massive die-off, suicides? Grim!
Throughout the discussions regarding healthcare costs and healthcare reform, one thing rarely, if ever, enters in to the discussion. The patient and personal responsibility is almost never discussed or even acknowledge.
Re: Banks Cottage second comment. I agree. It has become very profitable for the processed food and medical industries to methodically remove any moral or religious sanctions against making society foot the cost of irresponsible individual choices.
That's a very strong point, Standing Jaguar. I am envisioning a more educated, CEO-type who knows he/she needs to change and is willing to pay for that advice and encouragement. I don't expect to talk Joe Schmoe into going vegan. Is niche big enough?
I believe you are, for the most part, correct. But some of us have overcome the genetic and cultural cues and have managed to avoid diabetes, myself among them. I am deciding if it would be worth my time to put up a Web site about how I did it.
IDONO: I am sure that, for many people, what you say is true. There is another group who ARE willing to do what it takes because they have some inkling of the pleasures they will miss out on by not achieving their best. These I want to reach.
PAUL: I'm a recovering alcoholic and the people that I truly want to help are those willing to help themselves and have a true desire to do so. If not, we are wasting our time. In our own way, we carry a message to those who need it and want it. GB
Sorry to speak imprecisely. When I said "mild form of diabetes", I should have said pre-diabetes. Since most of those with diabetes have Type 2, I should have qualified my Hub by pointing out that I was referring to the most common form. My apologies