Let’s Talk About Diabetes: America’s Growing Health Care Crisis

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. So why aren’t more people talking about it?

The pandemic may have shifted the collective focus. After all, a nation in health crisis mode can only focus on so many problems at once.

“Diabetes is always swept under the rug because, in so many people’s minds, they just associate it with bad health habits and being overweight,” says Deena Fink of New York City.

Most days, her Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t slow her down. It’s a disease she has been living with for sixteen years. “What really has to change is the stigma of diabetes,” Deena explains in an interview with Wealth of Geeks.

Like many others during the first months of the pandemic, Deena was afraid to leave her house. “I didn’t even want to leave the house to go grocery shopping,” she says. The risks are different for someone with a chronic illness. “Just getting a cold, I am knocked out for several days.”

“You’re supposed to get your A1C done every quarter,” she explains, but she couldn’t see her doctor for a year and a half. So instead, Deena had to estimate what those numbers would be.

The A1C test provides a three-month average of what blood sugar levels should be. It’s how a person with diabetes keeps themselves in range.

Deena faces a monthly battle with the insurance company just to receive her regular dosage of three insulin vials. Without insurance, she would have to pay $175 per vial.

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