Diabetes Blog Week 2013 - We, The Undersigned - Tuesday 5/14

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-05-16 14:47:39 -0500
Started 2013-05-13 22:14:54 -0500

There have been many petitions circulate through the online diabetes community. Today let's pretend to write our own.

-Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate)
-What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?

10 replies

re1ndeer 2013-05-15 18:08:26 -0500 Report

My Petition would be for all doctors to educate parents of new born children, on the correct way to consume food for nourishment for their bodies. It seems so many parents let their children eat "junk food". All kinds of processed foods, with chemicals, and preservatives that hinder the children. To teach the basics of natural foods.
Also, to petition parents to limit the use of electronic devices, and let the children play, like they used to many years before the electronic machines. We have become a more sedentary society. I believe that if we teach the children right, they will become a more healthier world.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-15 11:51:59 -0500 Report

My petition would be for pharmaceutical companies make medications affordable. No prescription medication should be over 40 bucks. To lower the cost of medical supplies that are either purchased out right or rented.

The other to make healthcare available to every American at lower or no cost. Insurance companies, hospital and pharmaceutical company CEO's should not be getting filthy rich while people struggle to get heath care and medications.

Anonymous 2013-05-15 08:06:02 -0500 Report


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-15 11:48:28 -0500 Report

Organized sports are good for kids. We do everything we can to bring them to our community and have been successful with Little League Football, Basketball and are currently working to rehab our Tennis Court needs new surface and nets.

So you want the kids to play in their neighborhoods. Playing what? Is the area safe for them to play, do they have parks, playgrounds. Is someone watching to make sure they are safe where they are playing?

You are correct neighborhood play is not the same everywhere. Kids in inner cities don't always have access to woods for hikes, parks to play in and many don't have items to play with.

If parents think sports is expensive which it is but so are music lessons, dance lessons, and other specialized courses for kids. So if we sign your pettion which I wouldn't, say good bye to kinds learning how to work together to win a game, comradeship, and their hopes and dreams. Say good bye to professional athletes and say good bye to a college education because for some sports is the only way they can get to college.

Higher wages would be good but what if both parents WANT to work? What happens when the one who is working gets ill, dies or becomes disabled or even divorced. Who is going to be able to work? Are you saying that with both parents working, kids can't be taught morals, values, good manners and how to be a good neighbor. There are adults who no longer have morals, values, good manners or how to be neighborly. So if your parents were not good neighbor odds are the kids won't be either. Then again most kids have more sense than their parents. Kids will play together while the adults are busy fighting each other.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2013-05-14 17:08:06 -0500 Report

I would write to the FDA and the Government Area that regulates Manufacturers. The regulations around our food industry is a disgrace. The food pyramid has been changed something like 4 times over the last 5 years and it still doesn't promote what people know about nutrition. They are funded by the Food Industry. How much sense does that make? And the government that oversees this area doesn't interfere and in my opinion that is their job. We need the FDA to be funded by our taxes not the industry to which it governs. Someone at some point needs to make a stand and say this is enough we will tell the people what is really healthy and what is not. We will change school lunch programs to reflect that so our kids aren't being fed in school to promote obesity. We want our people to know what practically the rest of the world knows about nutrition and make/change the laws and oversight to lead the country towards better overall health!

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-05-14 11:38:01 -0500 Report

I would write a petition to insurance companies/pharma companies. I think it is ridiculous how expensive it is to pay for our diabetes, even if we have good insurance (which if we do, most of us had to fight hard for). Everyone is talking about how Diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. and that we should do something about it. Well I think the best place to start would be to make it possible for those that have diabetes to get the treatment they need at a price they can afford. If only politicians knew how much we really pay out of pocket and that those that have complications due to diabetes quite often do because the outrageous price they have to pay to have the issues addressed.

I know that politics are deeply involved when it comes to pharma companies and insurance companies working together or even working at all. So I am sure it would get messy, but in all reality if they want to do something about the "diabetes problem" they should be starting with those that already live with it. It isn't a death sentence so why not try to make things better while we can?!

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2013-05-14 17:11:32 -0500 Report

I think the insurance companies should start promoting and incorporating more natural ways to prevent and manage Diabetes because the pharmaceuticals aren't going to do it.

coolred63 2013-05-14 11:55:22 -0500 Report

I agree Jeanette I did have job with insurance but lost job due to downsizing and lost insurance. Job I have now is almost as good a pay but only insurance they offer is crappy (basically like a COBRA ins.) and is too expensive for me to afford. Luckily I am on Metformin which is a $4 prescription at Meijers. I am also on Glucotrol which I am getting free through program with Pfizer at a free clinic I go to but just got a letter today from Pfizer that they are dropping numerous drugs from the program and my Glucotrol is one of them so come July 1st I will have to start paying out of my pocket for that so I'm hoping its not too pricey since I have no insurance yet as I have not been able to check prices yet. it is rough when you live week to week as I do and you have to fit diabetes expenses into your expenses with other monthly bills of necessity that we still have to pay. Since diabetes is getting more widespread I too think companies should try to make it more affordable for us to live with this disease. Thank you for bringing this issue forward.