The Mid-Ohio Valley, like much of the nation, continues to struggle with a deadly disease which has the ability to alter the quality of life for so many people. When this deadly disease surfaces in our families it spreads fear and consumes our joy. The deadly disease I am referring to is diabetes, but just how deadly and widespread is this monster of misery?
According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet 25.8 million children and adults in the United States or 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. In addition, 18.8 million people are diagnosed, 7 million people go undiagnosed, 79 million people are pre-diabetes and 1.9 million new cases of diabetes in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.
Diabetes brings much to the table in terms of other life-threatening side effects like, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease (neuropathy) and amputation are among the many components that rob us of our joy and peace in life.
Despite all we know about this deadly disease, it's side effects and the total numbers of people affected, Camden Clark Medical Center has no endocrinologist on their staff of physicians to help us manage and detect pre-diabetics and diagnosed diabetics.
I have personal, firsthand experience with this debilitating disease. My wife suffers from diabetes and I, being her personal care-giver have often been with her trying to get the care and attention she deserves and needs here in Parkersburg.
As difficult as it is to be told you are a diabetic and as difficult as it is to live with this Monster of Misery; it is equally difficult to understand why one of the hospitals in Parkersburg does not have an endocrinologist on staff to help support the citizens fighting this disease in the Parkersburg and surrounding area. According to a 2011 statistics of the Center for Disease Control, (CDC) diabetes ranks 7th for leading causes of death in the United States. In 2011, 68,705 people lost their battle by this monster.
I want to implore the hospitals in Parkersburg to staff an endocrinologist to help our community better understand how to cope, and even prevent the forward progress of this disease.