On behalf of everyone affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D), JDRF is outraged by the recent article in the New York Times trivializing the benefit of medical advances for people with T1D. Rather than being “high priced gadgets and disposable accouterments” as the article defines them, these lifesaving advances are indeed just that — life saving for individuals with T1D. A recent study documented such advances helped add roughly 15 years of life for those diagnosed with T1D. The New York Times story suggests that some medical advances for T1D that could mean a longer life and better health for some people with T1D are not worth the cost — a premise JDRF completely rejects. JDRF supports continued innovation of new medical advances to further improve the lives of people with T1D and to ultimately cure this disease. Such step-wise advances, big and small, are how we will ultimately create a world without T1D. We need a health care policy that supports innovative research on new advances for people with T1D and one that makes these advances available to every person who needs them.
Read the Times story and post a comment that your diabetes management devices are #NotJustAGadget.