The Marketing Of Diabetes

By Erunner Latest Reply 2008-12-27 18:47:32 -0600
Started 2008-12-15 21:53:23 -0600

Today while driving there was a sign asking if you had diabetes. It seemed like an odd thing to do, putting up a garage sale type sign.

I have to say that Diabetes seems almost en vogue these days. Everywhere you turn you are reading or hearing about Diabetes. There are several magazines, web sites, and commercials on television.

Some seem to be offering pie in the sky remedies which appeal to the desperate or somebody wanting a quick fix.

The skeptic in me wonders if all of these folks have our best interests in mind or are they riding the "Diabetes Wave?"

I'm wondering if there comes a time when diabetics will need to be alerted to scam artists and others who exaggerate their claims and separate people from their money.

Am I too skeptical or do we need to be educated on what is not legitimate out there? Comments??

8 replies

2008-12-27 18:47:32 -0600 Report

No, you're so right. I was watching TV at my family's house during the Christmas holiday and there was a commercial on every few minutes for some diabetic product. I screamed out, please stop reminding me of this every few minutes. It's hard enough with this being brand new to me without people "out to make a quick buck" rubbing it in my face.

2008-12-26 16:45:56 -0600 Report

Putting up "yard sale" type diabetic signs to me is just a way of getting a person to buy a product that is not endorsed by any professional person or organization such as a Dr. or the AMA. I wouldn't try any of the these meds unless I they were prescribed to me by my dr. Maybe I'm just a cynic, but my health is to important to me to leave to a "yard sale" sign!!

Anngelia 2008-12-20 22:29:45 -0600 Report

Several years ago I had a friend who knew someone that was selling a product that was supposed to help any illness. I wish I could remember the name but all I can remember is that it started with an M. Anyway the product may have helped a type 2 diabetic but I dont think it did anything for a type 1. I tried the product for about 2 months and it did nothing for me.
However if a person has an illness you want to try anything that will help. The problem is most of them dont do anything except line someones pockets. It's sad but it's true.

GabbyPA 2008-12-16 08:27:07 -0600 Report

You bet'cha! This is a hot topic with me. That band wagon is getting bigger and bigger every day. New meds, more sugar free crap than you can shake a stick at and secrets to reverse your illness. Avera is right, it is all governed by the almighty dollar.

So here is what we do. DON'T BUY INTO THAT CRAP! Don't buy the "diabetic" stuff. "Sugar-Free" really means, sucker! Don't follow the newest med crowd. Be your own advocate and support things that are looking for a cure, not a quick penny.

I had commented in another discussion a while back that since the "weight loss" and "quit smoking" band wagons are all filled up, they had to start something new. It is the diabetic wagon. Don't get on it. (Walk, it is better exercise for you. LOL)

I am not saying don't do your research. You do have to read a lot of junk before you get to the helpful stuff. But I am saying don't give them reasons to come up with the junk. If we don't buy it, they don't make money, and they will stop making it.

Even great stuff like the Diabetic Handprints is sponsored. I love that site, I participated because I know the charities it is helping. But it is sponsored by Bayer...we just have to be smart.

Avera 2008-12-16 00:07:37 -0600 Report

Being an information junkie, I am always glad for any information regarding diabetes. It is a fact that there is much information out there that is very misleading. That is why I don't just go to one source for my answers. You are surely right about business riding the diabetes wave for profit. There is a web site called "Market Watch." They keep their readers informed about clinical trials, research, and studies that are all related to diabetes. This way people looking to buy into any new treatments can buy stock in the companies that will sell or market the treatments. It is sad to say that this site, which is NOT a medical site keeps up more quickly with breaking diabetes news than any other I have been to.


Erunner 2008-12-16 08:25:54 -0600 Report

Avera, I noticed this kind of thing before. I have Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia and I have seen so many miracle cures out there it's unreal.

Sadly you get desperate people wanting anything to relieve them of their Panic Attacks and when they buy the product/system and it doesn't help it reinforces their idea they are without hope and a loser in life. It angers me as I wonder if these people realize the potential harm their grandiose advertising can do to a person who is in real emotional pain. Now I seem to see it with Diabetes. It saddens me. Thanks for responding. God bless!

caragypsy 2008-12-15 22:52:03 -0600 Report

You are not to skeptical. I think you are right about this. Cara

Erunner 2008-12-16 08:20:50 -0600 Report

Hi Cara! It's sort of like when you get a Toyota Camry for example. When you're out driving, all of a sudden you see every Camry on the road. Since I was told I was Diabetic I'm noticing that everything seems to be about Diabetes.
God bless!