Access to diabetes treatments is access to a better life

I have been busy these days so I’m sorry for being a bit behind on my posts. There is some IBD news that I will share with you but first I wanted to highlight this article that I saw on BI-ME.

Business Intelligence Middle East – bi-me.com – Despite high diabetes prevalence, critical treatments remain inaccessible in Gulf – News, analysis, reports.

Considering the ridiculous rates of diabetes in the Middle East, I felt that the topic of accessibility to proper treatments and medicines was one worth discussing. According to the article ‘there are 6.5 million residents of the GCC suffering with diabetes’. This is a huge number when you consider that there is no cure for the disease and that it is a very burdensome, chronic condition that these people will have to live with, monitor and manage every day of their life.

As new treatments are being developed, tested and put into use around the world, the governing powers whose responsibility it is to make these treatments accessible in this region, need to be prepared for the high demand of the increasingly self-educated diabetes sufferers looking for the most innovative treatment options. Doctors and their institutions also need to push for more education and adequate prescription processes in order to manage the situation. If the lives of 6.5 million people in the GCC are dictated by their diabetes, how accessible these treatments are will have a direct correlation to the growth of an increasingly dangerous gray market which is subject to exploitation of illegal counterfeits. Those living with diabetes will also be more prone to self medicating practices that could make a bad problem exponentially worse.

If you have a story or comment, share it. Debating the issue will likely point to potential solutions.

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Celebrities with Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that can affect anyone. Whether you are born with Type 1 or have acquired Type 2, the truth is that people from all across the planet – despite wealth, race, age, sex or geographic location – have the disease. One way to really raise awareness of how diabetes can touch us all is to take a look at celebrities and famous people who have the disease. By realizing that even the most successful and the most popular people on the planet can live with the disease, people can be inspired. Diabetes does not have to slow them down.

There are some really great sites out there, like www.dlife.com, which have compiled lists of famous people, past and present, with diabetes. Some examples include:

Halle Berry – Actress (Monster’s Ball, X-Men, Die Another Day)

James Brown – ‘The Godfather of Soul’

Johnny Cash – ‘The Man in Black’

Dick Clark – Entertainer, television producer

Miles Davis – Jazz Musician

Aretha Franklin – ‘The Queen of Soul’

Ernest Hemingway – Author (For Whom the Bell Tolls; A Farewell to Arms; The Sun Also Rises)

Rick James – Singer (“Super Freak” Funk Legend)

Nick Jonas – The Jonas Brothers Larry King – Talk show host

Jerry Lewis – Comedian

Anne Rice – Author (Interview With a Vampire)

H. G. Wells – Author (War of the Worlds; The Time Machine; The Invisible Man) founded the British Diabetic Association

Check out dLife’s list for a lot more names.

What is seriously lacking, however, is a list of celebrities from the Arab world, celebrities that people from the Middle East can connect with and can be inspired by. I can only find a few:

President Hafez al-Assad– President Syria

King Fahd – King of Saudi Arabia

Anwar Sadat – President of Egypt

Gamal Abdel-Nasser – Former Leader of Egypt

 

So if you can think of any others, singers, artists, movie stars from the Middle East, I will gladly add them to the list.