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November 16, 2019

This is criminal. We need Medicare For All now

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:27


  1. I don’t mean to come across as cruel and uncaring, but unless a person has Type 1 diabetes, the “disease” can often be controlled by personal lifestyle changes. Not always, I admit. But IMO, if you look around, there are probably a LOT of people who could reduce (no pun intended) their dependence on insulin with a bit of effort and willpower.

    However, having said that … the increase in cost is outrageous and is just one more sign of corporate greediness.

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    Comment by Nan — November 16, 2019 @ 11:48

    • Hello Nan. I controlled my blood sugar for years with diet so that is possible. I keep my A1C down to around 6 by watching my diet and sugar / starch intake while I also use two different blood sugar medications. But diet alone is not going to work for most people. Yes there are people who screw their diets up or rush the onset of diabetes, but many people are not at fault for both what they have available to eat nor conditions that increase weight. Even with all my efforts I still need two different blood sugar medications. Ron almost drove himself crazy trying to control his by diet, finally admitting he had to go on medication to control his blood pressure. Over time both of us have had to have our medications increased as our conditions progress. Part of the problem is human bodies did not adapt to the change in lifestyle fast enough. People went from constant movement work to sitting most of the time. Only now is the human body adapting to that in young people. Plus more people have access to good tasting less damaging foods. I would say it is a low percentage as to if a person could have prevented it. Mostly it is our bodies , not our lifestyles that will determine if we become diabetic. IMO. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — November 16, 2019 @ 12:39

      • I won’t argue with you, Scottie. It’s obvious you have “first-hand” experience in this issue. But I don’t think you can deny (especially when you take a trip to the grocery store) that there are a plethora of people who are eating themselves into diabetes. Look at them. Look at what’s in their carts.

        It’s a given the people in this country are overweight. I admit there are many reasons for this that are outside our control due to what’s being “added” to our foods nowadays. And also due to sedentary lifestyles. BUT … diabetes and the number on the scales do go hand-in-hand in many, many instances. HOWEVER, having said that, I won’t disagree that our genes also play a role.

        Nevertheless, the fact that it’s become much more prevalent over the past several years does seem to indicate (at least to me) that it’s more than just hereditary.

        OK. I’ve said my piece.

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        Comment by Nan — November 16, 2019 @ 12:55

        • Hello Nan. You are correct, I do not deny it. We are an out of shape and over eating society. We also indulge in too many mind altering substances. What is scary are kids who were very overweight and not exercising were going into diabetes very young.

          My only push back was diet can control it. It can help a lot. I can not binge on candy, pies, and other treats. My A1C went up .1 point and my doctor was upset because I was enjoying the occasional pop tart. It is unreasonable to expect a person to never have a treat or to spend a life time denying themselves. On the other hand I must watch my diet to keep my blood sugar under control as best as possible. It is like my blood pressure medications. There are some things I can do to help like keep my weight low and watch my salt intake, but my body is going to have high blood pressure and a fast heart rate and I will always need medication to moderate it. But yes Ron complains every day about the PT’s in the ICU who are so heavy it is hurting the staff to roll them and pull them up in the beds. They keep having to buy bigger beds and stronger stuff. There is an entire industry that rents to hospitals what we call “big person beds”. When I was working it was common to have at least one PT in each unit that would require six people to roll and clean. So no I can not deny what you are saying about looking around and many of us are overweight , some a lot more than others. I am lucky I have about 20 pounds too much, but some are way over that. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — November 16, 2019 @ 14:08

          • That high blood pressure and fast heartbeat? My other-half suffers from something very similar. And he’s on medication … for life. Fortunately, it’s cover by the VA.

            I admit I too carry around a few extra pounds, but I have for many, many years. Even when I was young, I was “chunky.” As I’ve gotten older, I’m probably 20 lbs. over an “ideal” weight, but I watch my diet and the numbers on the scales haven’t changed for several years. And since my doctor doesn’t seem too concerned, I figure I’m doing OK. For sure … for sure … I will NOT let myself become one of those I described in my previous comment!!!

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            Comment by Nan — November 16, 2019 @ 19:50

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