Other posts I have planned are being pushed for this one. Right now this is important. Also, cheery posts don’t feel right as a hurricane is making it’s way over and will surely cause destruction and heartache for many. Much like diabetes.
In September the UN is holding a summit on non-communicable diseases which is to give a large push of attention and priority to the greatest killer in the world: non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
I think all would agree that prevention of these diseases needs to be a huge focus in order begin to repair, heal, and prevent further economic devastation and human suffering. We’re heading towards a catastrophic situation where all the world’s largest economies fall under the strain of high numbers of people who are not well and require expensive treatments, when prevention would have been the most humane and affordable route. This is not an issue of a handful of people not taking care of themselves. We’re talking about a situation where the policies and decisions and current way of life doesn’t support people and their health nearly as much as they should. Very persistent measures need to be drawn and committed to so that these diseases and the human suffering they cause can be treated and minimized.
Right now, influential leaders, such as our President, who are invited to attend are unable to commit to responsibilities for which we need them. I personally don’t get why the President would attend all these honorable memorials (like for MLK) but not something this crucial. I highly recommend you read this article by Manny Hernandez of TuDiabetes, and read this article by Riva Greenberg at the Huffington Post. They go into better explanations of all this.
We’re all needed right now. Present human life and well being should be respected as well as the health and economic stability of our future generations, too. The hopeful thing about non-communicable diseases is that there is a lot we can do to lessen the blow they have on people if we get the commitment and support we need from our leaders.
Here is what you can do to help out. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll see easy ways you can raise your voice.
None of us can escape to the Diamond Planet just yet, so let’s keep this one and it’s people healthy and moving forward.