LifeAfterDx--Diabetes Uncensored

A internet journal from one of the first T1 Diabetics to use continuous glucose monitoring. Copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Hi! I’m William “Lee” Dubois (called either Wil or Lee, depending what part of the internet you’re on). I’m a diabetes columnist and the author of four books about diabetes that have collectively won 16 national and international book awards. (Hey, if you can’t brag about yourself on your own blog, where can you??) I have the great good fortune to pen the edgy Dear Abby-style advice column every Saturday at Diabetes Mine; write the Diabetes Simplified column for dLife; and am one of the ShareCare diabetes experts. My work also appears in Diabetic Living and Diabetes Self-Management magazines. In addition to writing, I’ve spent the last half-dozen years running the diabetes education program for a rural non-profit clinic in the mountains of New Mexico. Don’t worry, I’ll get some rest after the cure. LifeAfterDx is my personal home base, where I get to say what and how I feel about diabetes and… you know… life, free from the red pens of editors (all of whom I adore, of course!).

Friday, December 05, 2008

By the numbers

Let’s say I have one dollar. Hey, it could happen.

Now let us assume that it is in pennies. So now I have 100 pennies spread out in front of me.

Take five out and set them aside. That’s me and my kind. The Type-1 cents.

Now take out eight more pennies out and set them over there. Those are the Type-2 cents.

Now take out take out twenty five more and put them, oh, I don’t know, over there on the right somewhere. According to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control a few weeks ago, those are the pre-diabetic pennies.

How many pennies are left? (Don’t you just hate word problems?)

Answer: there is 62 cents left.

That’s diabetes today. Nearly 4 out of every ten people you meet on the street today either have diabetes, or are developing it. And that’s just U.S. pennies. There are also pounds, and euros, and yens, and…..

So………how does that compare to other epidemics?


Blogger Not Your Type 1 said...

Pretty interesting...

8:59 AM  
Blogger Jonah said...

No, type 1s don't make 5% of the general population. You are reading that wrong. We're an estimated 5-10% of the diabetic population- if the diabetic population were 20%, we'd be 1 to 2% of the general population, and frankly, if you think we are even 1% of the entire population, you are living in a demographic very different from mine.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wikipedia says the US has 305186613 population, and says the % of diabetics in the US is 19.2 million,so that is about 15%. Sounds about what you said. It is a huge number.

8:00 PM  

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