Economic Benefits of Curing
Communication – Diabetics Dia-logue
Those of us who have been diabetic for 20 years or more have seen tremendous changes in how we communicate with each other. Since this disease affects a rather small percentage of the population, we rarely have had the chance to communicate with other diabetics before the internet.
Diabetic outpatient clinics were always good for basic scientific knowledge. But they didn’t seem to understand the unpredictability of our condition and how many variables effected blood sugars. Scientifically it makes perfect sense. What you eat has to be matched with the insulin you give. But there were still unexplained highs and lows.
Expect the Unexpected
Thank God someone was listening to us. Now we have formulas for stress, sick days, PMS, and even how much more to eat before exercise. Sounds simple. But one thing we’ve found talking to other diabetics on the internet, is that no matter how much knowledge you have, diabetes is still an unpredictable condition. We’re finding, for example, that the amount of exercise, colds, ulcers, medications, stress, certain foods, allergies, even coffee can effect us differently. And all of these things can send blood sugars up or down, depending on if we’ve had enough sleep the night before.
Communicating with other diabetics helps us to learn of new things that can influence our blood sugar, and gives us new ways of coping.
It helps us to, once again plan how much to eat, and how much insulin to take depending on whatever else we’re doing. This may sound like it’s going to extremes to other people. A diabetic’s planning his or her day may sound like: “it’s going to be a stressful day, so I’ll decrease short acting by 2 for breakfast and lunch, but I have a cold, so I’ll have to increase the long acting by 2, and hope it won’t effect the decrease of the short acting too much. But I may be too low if I don’t have a stressful day, so I have to watch, and I hope it won’t be too busy so I can get away to take a test. And if I go to the gym for lunch I’ll have to eat more or decrease the short acting…….
Does this sound like extremes? Maybe, to non-diabetics. But we who are diabetic know that we have to do this every day.
Employment and the Diabetic
Many diabetics have chosen jobs where they can work alone or are on a variable schedule, so they can eat on time or treat a low if they have to. Some diabetic men have chosen to be stay at home dads.
Those of us who do work live in fear of the tightrope walk between lows and highs. In this technologically inundated society, where swiftness and precision are required as well as lots of stress to boot, having to be concerned about high or low blood sugar is something we can truly do without.
One thing communicating with other diabetics does, is it makes us confirm what we already knew: that this is NOT an easy disease to live with. And there are consequences to our employability, and our health, and our peace of mind. Diabetics know without a shadow of a doubt, that it would be so much easier for us and people around us, to live without diabetes.
Is There Any Hope?
At this point I’d like to introduce you to the reason we are communicating to other diabetics and their families on this website. That is to inform you of the research of Dr. Denise Faustman.
Dr. Faustman, we believe, has the best research model in mapping out a cure for diabetes type 1. Her research concerns the immunological response which is at the core of auto-immune disease such as diabetes. Please see for yourself at: www.faustmanlab.org.
The Economic Angle
There is no doubt that curing diabetes would have enormous psychological and sociological benefits. Less fear, despair, guilt, frustration, etc., etc., Because we’d have less stress, we could relate to our children and spouses more positively. We could operate our vehicles without concern we might go into a low while driving. We could go on and on
Would implementing a cure for diabetes also have positive economic effects? Let’s start with the obvious. More people would be gainfully employed at jobs equal to their talents. This translates to more disposable income to spend on stereos, cars, Gucci handbags and so on, which would in turn help pay the wages of the workers who make them.
Fewer people would be on social assistance from unpredictable diabetes. Multiply the social assistance for one person over their adult lifetime by how many diabetics there are on social assistance. Then add on the income tax that would be paid from the wages if they were working. I’d say that would save the government one big pile of money.
As well, the government wouldn’t have to pay for (so-called) research for a cure for diabetes. Of the billions of dollars needed for one research project, governments supply at least 10% of research grants, depending on the country. Universities supply another 20%, but since government supports universities this percentage is probably higher for government.
Most countries have government sponsored health insurance for medications. The huge amount of money needed to pay for diabetic medications could be put into much needed social programs, and might even serve as a basis for lowering taxes
Last and most importantly, the overburdened health care system would get a break. Who among us diabetics hasn’t had to go to emergency because our blood sugars were out of control, too high or too low, for some unknown reason? In one diabetes blog one man said he lost count of how many times he was rushed to hospital for lows. How much do you think the total bill was for each of those ambulance trips to the hospital? The ambulance company charges as much as $1,000 for one ride, and its unknown if this total is further subsidized by the government. This total is not including treatment in the hospital.
The Pharmaceuticals and Economics
On the economic downside, the pharmaceuticals wouldn’t make enormous profits on diabetic drugs. That would leave some highly paid research scientists and administrators out of work. As well, the factories that make diabetic products and medications would also need to reduce their production. (It probably wouldn’t be completely eliminated due to gestational diabetes).
But would these people really be out of work? Of course not! It’s the nature of humanity to have sickness, and there will always be something to research. As well, there will always be products needed for the comfort and health of people, as long as there are people.
Allowing people to live longer lives by bringing forth the cure for diabetes would actually increase consumption of everything because more people would be alive to reach their later years. This includes health services and medications! That sounds like good economics to me.
The JDRF, CDA, and ADA Publicize
The JDRF, CDA, and ADA publicize and collect donations for research projects proposed by the pharmaceutical companies. All of these organizations have refused to give donations to Dr. Faustman. The following is an excerpt from a letter from the JDRF on the reason the JDRF refused to help fund Dr. Faustman’s research:
Shortly before press time, Diabetes Health received this letter from Peter Van Etten, President and CEO of the JDRF.
April 8, 2005
…. The research application by Dr. Faustman and Dr. David Nathan was one of many regeneration proposals the JDRF reviewed last year. It was also one of the many that we chose not to fund. That decision reflects a change in JDRF’s significant focus on, or ongoing support for, regeneration science. …
You’d think that if they were really interested in curing diabetes, they would put Dr. Faustman’s successful studies at the top of their list!
It’s interesting that most pharmaceutical sponsored studies involve products to control (and thus maintain) diabetes. New glucose monitoring devices, new pumps, new insulins, new neuropathic meds. Reference:
The few studies that concern regeneration need to use powerful anti-rejection drugs that have serious side-effects, or anti-TNF drugs that further weaken the immune system.
If you’ve been following our newsletters, you’ll understand that diabetes is big business for pharmaceuticals and the researchers they sponsor. (Please see the other newsletters on this website).
It seems that pharmaceuticals are not interested in seeing a cure for diabetes. Neither are the publicity organizations that gather donations from the public.
Dr. Denise Faustman – An Independent Researcher
Dr. Faustman’s research is not sponsored, and thus governed by any pharmaceutical company, nor its profit motive. This is why her research is free to pursue the core cause of diabetes, which is the immune response.
Not being sponsored in the usual way, by the pharmaceuticals, this research therefore relies on donations from the public and charitable organizations. If you are interested in supporting genuine research towards a cure, please go directly to her website at www.faustmanlab.org to donate.
As well, we at Hdiabetes.com are working on projects that each of us can do. Please stay in touch with our website for this upcoming section. Please don’t believe there’s nothing we can do! But you and I must do it.
A cure for diabetes type 1 will not only improve society in social and psychological ways, it will also benefit people economically. What are we waiting for?