Have you noticed..?

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2010-06-13 12:51:32 -0500
Started 2010-06-10 09:06:33 -0500

I knew that diabetes cases have been rising here in America over the years. But I never really paid attention to how much diabetics are marketed to until yesterday. I am certainly more aware now…It seemed like almost 75% of the commericals I had seen were diabetes related. Talk about being constantly reminded!

17 replies

MAYS 2010-06-11 07:14:01 -0500 Report

It's all about "MONEY" !
We have it, they want it, ALL of it !
The needy and depressed are always targeted.

GabbyPA 2010-06-13 12:47:25 -0500 Report

Unfortunately so right on. We are the fastest growing group of desperate folks out there and they love to dangle the carrots. However, there are some good ads out there for meters and assistance with supplies. So keep your eyes open for those.

PAT L 2010-06-10 18:10:03 -0500 Report

I think a lot of our problems are, we dont know what chemicals they are putting into our bodys. Think about all the chemicals inserted into our foods to make them look good so you will buy them, or if you have a MRI the dye will efect your body in ways we dont understand yet.. or they will not tell us.. Beef an other animals are given growth chems that can be passed to the person eating it, here again we dont know what the effects are to us.
Since the USA has a higher rate of diabetics it stands that we are being fed something the will hurts us in the long run…

Diane987 2010-06-10 20:33:55 -0500 Report

I have met people that have moved here from other countries and they say the entire family gained weight even though they ate the same food they ate in their home country. It did not matter what country they came from. That leads me to believe there is something different about our food supply. Even though it is more expensive we have started buying organic fruits and veggies. We eat meat a lot less often than we used to eat it. I always look for organic, grass fed or wild caught whatever it is we are eating for protein. I personally eat tofu, the family doesn't like it though. Alot of times we will have edamame for protein.

gregsteele 2010-06-12 04:28:57 -0500 Report

WE eat mostly deer that my sons and i have killed because of the things you stated and Betty is right on target theres more money in treating us than curing us love to all GREG

bettymachete 2010-06-12 05:37:22 -0500 Report

I think you and Diane are right, I was discussing this with my husband. I believe we would be better 'healthwise' returning to more of a hunting /foraging type diet. I grow what I can, I can certainly tell a difference in the home grown vs store bought. I still think that fishing would be out, so many pollutants in our bodies of water here in the states.

Diane987 2010-06-10 10:40:33 -0500 Report

The ads you see displayed on websites are there often because of the cookies left behind on you computer. You are seeing these ads now because you have been looking up diabetes related material on the internet. In case you are wondering: The cookies are like reminders of where you have been. They are the things that make a link a different color to remind you that you went there the last time you were at a particular website.

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Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-10 10:21:10 -0500 Report

Yes, it's kinda crazy all the marketing around managing diabetes. I think about all the pharmaceutical companies that would be very upset because of the huge loss of profits once there is a cure for all diabetics.

bettymachete 2010-06-10 10:35:07 -0500 Report

Yeah thats a good point Kim. But like cancer will there ever be a cure? It's difficult from a business mind to reconcile the thoughts I have on these pharma companies. Why cure it when you can just MANAGE it? I know I must sound cynical but big pharma companies are multi-billion dollar corporations and they make a killing off of the consumers buying their products. It certainly appears most advantageous and lucrative for them to hide cures and medicines for such cures so that they can keep skewering the public with very high (sometimes ridiculously high) costs for medication.

Diane987 2010-06-10 10:52:02 -0500 Report

I don't think it sounds cynical. I believe it is the truth. I also believe that is why pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals make it sound crazy to think that a nutritional supplement might help the body heal itself. But that is what our bodies are designed to do. If we put in the proper nutrition we get the results we need. But our food supply is not as nutritious as it once was which is why there are so many autoimmune diseases on the rise. With all the advancments in technology and medicine there is no excuse that the last disease that was cured was Polio in the late 1950's.

bettymachete 2010-06-10 11:53:44 -0500 Report

I think once you are aware of these things, your outlook changes dramatically. I totally agree with you about how we have come so far in medicine and yet haven't seen the cures. Frankly, I find it absolutely disgusting. Greed is evil and robs lives. Pharma and biotech companies are not interested in cures but interested in meds that keep you coming back for more. I wonder how they sleep at night.

Thomas508 2010-06-10 09:32:54 -0500 Report

I know what you mean, even on facebook half the adds on the right side are about diabetes, always commercials on tv talking about it. I guess I just never paid attention to it until my diagnoses!

bettymachete 2010-06-10 10:08:55 -0500 Report

I just noticed all the facebook ads today as well. It's great that there is more options for diabetics but I guess we now have to also be cautious of false claims. Since it is obviously a big market for advertising. I had a friend who was perscribed Avandia and had severe heart trouble after taking it. It is still being perscribed but the FDA has serious concerns and will review in July. Here is the report she sent me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsBwTD6fPyA

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