On October 22, 2010, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) officially predicted that about one in every three adults in the United States will be diabetic by 2050. Who couldn’t see that coming. If almost all drug addicts drank milk once as a baby, then it stands to reason that all people who get diabetes as an adult ate cookies as children.
A neurotic nation
Here’s something else to chew on, I predict that four out of five people will be clinically neurotic well before 2050; the remaining fifth will either be too young or too old to give a bother about their mental stability. Thank goodness for diapers. My prediction is based on nothing but observation and gut level thinking, so don’t go quoting this as expert material.
Diabetes is risky business
Why pick on diabetes of all things. Seriously, people get their legs amputated sometimes as the result of diabetes. It leads to a lot of risks, including death. The United States 2010 Healthy People project has targeted diabetes as one preventable disease to eradicate. To do so requires individual commitment to healthy lifestyles, eating well and exercise.
Public health campaigns
We all know the score. Kaiser Permanente floods commercial breaks with advertisements about ways to be active. A staggering onslaught of “eat healthy” and “be active” public health promotions compete for airtime right along with the likes of Taco Bell, whose latest claim to fame is promoting a fourth meal for the day. That kind of irony always fetches my attention. The point is, it’s a free country, if you can grab a moment’s peace in which to listen to yourself sans iPod.
Anyone share an original idea lately?
And God bless you for trying to think for yourself these days. Talk about risky behavior. If you can’t back up anything you’re saying with voting records and economic indicators, some people won’t give you the time of day. Has brainstorming become a lost art? I digress. The point being, this article represents my thoughts on a couple topics that concern me, thoughts that result from thinking for myself.
Diabetes and the Cookie Monster
Diabetes concerns me. It runs in my family. Yours too? I drank milk and ate cookies as a child. You too? Coincidence? Well, somehow I escaped drug addiction, and I sure as what-not hope to evade diabetes. That brings to mind another hot button issue. Why did Sesame Street ditch the Cookie Monster? Was that supposedly a politically correct (PC) move? Come on. The Veggie Monster, really?
Everywhere we turn people are telling us what to do and what not to do, how to think and how not to think, what to eat and what not to eat, how often to exercise and for how long, what new toxin poisons the environments we recreate in, and… well, you get the point.
Keeping up with the Jones’s
Not only that, every do- or nay-sayer backs up their advice with the latest reports, research and polls. Who are we, the commoners, to dispute the experts? Why even think for ourselves. Instead, the experts, with their sage advice, put us in smaller and smaller boxes, limiting us and we let them as we continuously redefine ourselves and redesign our habitats to align with the latest and greatest findings. We purchase miracle products, organic produce, recyclables or recycled goods, vitamins, supplements and gym memberships.
This need for neverending, chronic makeovers consumes us because we strive to keep up with the Jones’s. Is it only me, or is it a veritable impossibility to keep updating my lifestyle to reflect the latest and greatest in eco-conservation, mind/body health, social consciousness and technological socialization media? What happens when I try? I morph into a control freak – trying to maximize every resource to its highest use, eventually petering out and then filling up with guilt and half a pint of Haagen-Dazs for not being a better person. Honestly, the less I can really control in the world drives me to assert more control over the few remaining things that I am at liberty to manipulate. One of those things is what goes in my mouth. It’s a choice, sometimes a hard one.
High fructose corn syrup
Do you want to be a diabetic? A rhetorical question, of course. Do you eat high fructose corn syrup? You might find it helpful to cut it out of your diet if you are at risk for diabetes. I’m not giving medical advice. Consult with your doctor or look it up on the Internet. I have to say that, because I am not an expert.
Do you think there’s a correlation between the ever-increasing amounts of high fructose corn syrup we consume and the increasing risk of diabetes? I think so. The public health promotions don’t seem to be working. And, just so you folks at PBS know . . .
I miss the Cookie Monster.