“Last year, government researchers reported that U.S. life expectancy has surpassed 78 years for the first time. They attributed the increase to falling mortality rates for nine of the 15 leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, accidents and diabetes.”
In this article on the supposed 5 month gain in longevity attributable to cleaner air, the little gem of a phrase above appears at the end of the entire article. As though it is a given. A known fact. Something that EVERYONE just KNOWS. Oh yeah, you know those falling rates of diabetes are part of why we’re living longer. But am I the only one who did a mental double-take on that phrase and have a “Wait, WTF?!?” moment? Not only with the “Buh, what? We’re living longer you say? Not doomed to die more quickly? And and…the mortality rates for things like diabetes has been DECREASING!?!? Well shiiiit!”
I mean anyone willing to look beyond the latest media hyped scares will know that, unfortunately for scare mongers looking for more delicious fear-tidbits to force-feed the public, the US is overall getting healthier. But I guess that sort of thing doesn’t make for good and morally terrifying news that will shock the masses into reacting For Their Health (because, you know, we just aren’t aware we’re fat and At Risk), by opting for such invasive and drastic measures as needed to look good…uh I mean Be Healthy, to Have Good American Health! Which is, apparently, already good on average and improving. But I guess getting an “A” for health must not be good enough. I guess having a population that is nearly 91% healthy and living longer just isn’t cutting it. Yeah.
Ask anyone and you will hear with certainty, utter conviction that we Americans are Fatter and Flabbier and Going To Die Sooner! Especially of the diabetes! I mean, you hit that tick mark from “normal” BMI to “overweight” BMI and suddenly alarms are ringing, nurses are heading down halls in a panicked flurry waving needles full of insulin and a voice over is piped overhead to announce where you can get good insulin testing supplies. And heaven help you if you actually become Obese or… *gasps* Morbidly Obese!
So my question is, how can folks be claiming there is some sort of “Diabetes Cris-emic” if, in fact, mortality rates for this same disease have been steadily decreasing?!?? Anyone else feel their head exploding from trying to hold two contradictory essential “truths” (Falling mortality rates for diabetes, Epi-panic anticipated increases of diabetes) inside at the same time?