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Find Your Impact: Jeffrey Bennett shows how words matter in the treatment of diabetes

October 11, 2019


YOU KNOW ABOUT DIABETES RIGHT? So, did you eat too much sugar as a kid? Are you drunk? By the way, you sure you got diabetes? Because you don’t look diabetic to me. You shouldn’t have eaten so much candy as
a kid. Oh, well at least it’s not cancer. THERE’S A LOT OF CONFUSION ABOUT DIABETES… Any time we invoke the idea that it’s
simply a disease of self-control that is inevitably it’s going to lead to us blaming and shaming
people with diabetes or their own disease. There’s this idea that if people just try
a little bit harder everything would just fall into place and that’s not necessarily
always the case. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LIVING WITH IT. 29-million people or just over 9 percent of
the population have some form of diabetes. That’s about the same number of people that
live in the state of Texas. And another 8-million people are said to be
undiagnosed. VANDERBILT COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSOR JEFF BENNETT BELIEVES HOW WE TALK ABOUT DIABETES WILL CHANGE HOW THE DISEASE AND PATIENTS ARE TREATED. BENNETT, A DIABETIC HIMSELF, SAYS A HUGE ISSUE
IS SKYROCKETING PRESCRIPTION COSTS. And the one refrain that we always
come back to is corporate greed. It’s just really hard to overlook the fact
that consumers are being fleeced by this. CREATING LIFE OR DEATH CONSEQUENCES. One of the insulins that I use to keep alive
came out in the year 2000 and 74 patents have been filed on that same insulin and it hasn’t
changed a single bit. So the price keeps going up, but the insulin
itself is doing nothing to keep people like me alive in a better way. NOW DIABETICS NEED TO FIGHT FOR HEALTH JUSTICE. Clearly this is something that is not just
about personal control and management. It’s a public health issue.

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