A Very American Disease

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 30 2012 @ 8:25am

Erin Fitzgerald explores what it's like to have Type 2 diabetes in a country where over a third of the population is pre-diabetic:

I’ve spent some time trying to come up with a new name for type 2 diabetes. It hasn’t been easy. … My current favorite name for type 2 diabetes is Six Years Off. That’s how much an average Type 2 diabetic’s lifespan is shortened, according to this study. But that, understandably, creeps some people out. So until this gets dealt with by a UN committee, I mostly call Type 2 diabetes The Reason I Don’t Eat Your Blueberry Muffins, Even Though You Have Assured Me They Are Healthy.