In part 4, the conclusion of this Exclusive Interview, Tracey Brown talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed about her disease management and reaching others to manage their diabetes as well.
Tracey Brown, MBA, BChE, is CEO of the American Diabetes Association.
Transcript of this video segment:
Freed: So, being in the position you’re at, how do you feel about maintaining your control, your diabetes control?
Brown: So, again, having your five-year-old daughter look you in the eyes and ask you if you’re going to die, there’s nothing like that. And so, I have been maintaining my diabetes. In fact, I have — again, as a type 2, I have the ability to do this: I’ve worked my way off of insulin. I’ve cut my medication, the pills that I were on, in half. And my A1Cs right now are six. And so, I’m doing everything that I need to do to try and maintain because I want to be here, Steve, to find that cure. I’m not giving up on that statement that I made that I’d like to in my lifetime have a cure for this disease. So, I’m going to do everything in my power to maintain.
Freed: Having you sitting here where I can give you all of my ideas that I’ve generated over the years and you don’t have the time for it. I’d love the opportunity to sit down with you and talk. I have a firm belief that it’s not about the 30 million with diabetes or the 10% of pre-diabetes. It’s really about pre-diabetes because there’s almost a 100 million people. Right now we have 30 million. If we get to 130 million, that’ll destroy our country as far as medical expenses.
Brown: That’s exactly right.
Freed: It’s important that the ADA really looks into this. My thought is that in order to file your taxes, you have to have an A1C, and then we can find the 90% of the people that don’t know they even have it.
Brown: That’s exactly right. I mean, that’s — like it’s hard to even compute. This is what I mean by waking up the rest of the world. People really need to understand what we’re dealing with here. And to your point, $327 billion this disease costs us, $327 billion, and it’s going to continue to rise unless and until we can reach that 90% who have no idea and get them focused on management right now.