What we need to do is educate people about diseases and cost. Educate people starting in the school system as young as 1st grade. Develop a plan that takes a patient throughout their life in different grades so by the time the school children get to high school, the patient they are learning about has 2 chronic care conditions and they most surely will know the history of how they got there. Incorporate economics into the picture, the cost of diabetic supplies, the cost of a blood test, all this should be so transparent to a patient just like going to the grocery store and knowing what is on the shelves and the cost. Knowing the actual cost of medication with and without insurance, how much the state you live in gets monies from the state and government and how it is allocated.
Oh how I liked this post, though I am not 100% concordant with it. I am so passionate about the two Americas and how one gets crap food, and the other generally avoids it and gets to shop at WFoods, has the time not to mention the money to choose slowly and leisurely, to read up on the food, to cook it with love and enthusiasm, share it, with increasing knowledge. This must change! I believe that we need to advertise and those ads need to feature images of things like Starbucks lattes, candy bars, bags of chips, just the usual junk food, with a question mark next to the image. Then an arrow leading to bottles of metformin, glipizide, eliquis, hctz, atorvastatin etc and so on. Because that's what it's about, for me, pure and simple. End of story. And we need to realize that poverty, stress, and lack of time will lead to these choices which leads to ill health. This is so glaringly obvious to me.