Thursday, October 04, 2012

That ADA Ad

... the one that says Diabetes Kills More than AIDS and Breast Cancer Combined! is showing up on practically every webpage I visit right now and it's bugging me.

Numerically speaking in the United States, diabetes is listed on more death certificates than AIDS or breast cancer, neither of which is a big killer. But diabetes isn't even close to being a bigger killer in terms of "years lost", because people dying of diabetes are on average 73. People dying of HIV and breast cancer account for more years lost as computed by the CDC because they are substantially younger than people dying of diabetes.

But even if that weren't the case I don't like that ad.

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