While there were some amazing advancements for diabetics in 2014, there are still things we’d love to see happen in the near future, specifically in 2015. Within the six requests that we’ve listed, you’ll find links that will not only help illustrate the issue at hand, but will guide you to places where you can either voice your opinion or, better yet, lend a helping hand.
Did we miss any!? Have something diabetes-related that you’d like to see changed or improved in 2015? Please let us know in the comments!
1. Service Dogs To Be Made Affordable
Service dogs save lives. It’s that simple. The problem is that a service dog costs anywhere between $9,000 and $25,000. Which, when taking into account the the amount that diabetics already spend to keep their condition in check, sounds that much more expensive. We are eagerly awaiting for this to change. But Robert McVey has waited long enough. Check out this link to see how Robert trained his own service dog:
2. The Bionic Pancreas As a Priority
Whether you’ve had diabetes for 20 years or for two weeks, you’ve probably heard of it. And that’s because, time after time, test after test, the bionic pancreas is proving that it could in fact be a revolution. Adjustments need to be made, sure, and more tests need to be done, but we can do our part to ensure that, once its ready, the bionic pancreas can be utilized right away. Take a look!
3. Type 1s and Type 2s Getting Along
More and more, it seems that type 1 diabetics and type 2 diabetics can’t find common ground. Which is puzzling. The development may be different, and the treatment may be different, but it is still diabetes. We are all on the same side. There is no need to create a divide. Instead, as you’ll see in #4, it may be in our best interest to unify.
4. A Unified Push for Diabetes Awareness
Without unity, there is no awareness. And, without awareness, there is no change. Simple, right? Diabetes is a disease that not only spans the globe, but a disease that affects a wide range of people, from infants to elders, from the impoverished to a slew of A-list celebrities. Awareness can be raised, and awareness should be raised. We must come together to do so.
Check out these links to see how awareness was raised throughout 2014:
*Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison and Her Insulin Pump Have Taken Pageant Stages By Storm
5. For Restaurants to be Diabetes-Conscious
Until the potential cures for diabetes complete their testing and are made available to the public, the disease is not going away. We would love to see more restaurants become diabetes-conscious. Asking them to alter their entire menu to do so would be a bit extravagant, but we’d love to see detailed nutrition facts made available to all.
6. Better Care for Diabetic Children in Need
While diabetes most certainly is a costly disease in the developed world, we all should feel fortunate to at least have the opportunity to be treated. In some areas, diabetic children don’t have access to insulin. The lack of treatment can eventually lead to blindness, amputation and kidney failure. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can help. See how you can make a difference.
*Did we miss any!? Have something diabetes-related that you’d like to see changed or improved in 2015? Let us know in the comments!Whizzco