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Letter to the Editor: Great diabetes information

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

Thank you for running the article on diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. This is the best piece I have read that addresses the hazards of diabetes in a concise form.

As an acute care nurse I once tabulated the average number of patients I would be assigned on a given shift with a secondary diagnosis of diabetes; it came to one in three. Also, I came across an interesting number in researching my book, “Healthcare…a View from the Trenches,” $118 billion annual government costs (Congressional Budget Office, 2007) directly from diabetes. This number does not include dialysis, heart attack and stroke expenses traceable to diabetes. Year in, year out, we spend more on diabetes than on a Middle East war.

Provisions in Obamacare for more diabetes education are a step in the right direction, but not proportional to the epidemic. What we really need is a high profile, generational shift in values … like the one the New Frontier initiated to stop smoking 50 years ago.

Tom Deegan, RN


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