Confronting Complacency in the Face of Calamity: Mobilizing for the Home Front War Against Diabetes

by Dean Schillinger, MD


Please see the recent thoughtpiece in the Journal of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

This paper outlines 6 root causes for this complacency that we can and must overcome:

  1. Belief in the individual behavioral or genetic paradigms
    of DM2 causation
  2. Cynicism and antipathy regarding the efficacy of public policy solutions
  3. Belief that the causes of diabetes reflect the price of economic well-being
  4. We are Cogs in the Wheels of the Diabetes-Industrial Complex
  5. Lack of a powerful and politically active advocacy community
  6. Absence of a “second-hand smoking gun” equivalent