Monday, April 4, 2011

Dear Reader's Digest

This post is not part of the HAWMC posts.  But I was too steamed not to write it.  The following is an email I just sent, word for word, to Reader's Digest.  Why, you ask? 

Dear Editor-

Hi, mine name is Jess. I've had Type 1 diabetes since 1993.  Today, I was made aware that there will soon be a special issue of RD called Reverse Diabetes.

I find this extremely offensive and insulting.

First of all, you are not differentiating between the different types of diabetes.  There are 3 types: Type 1, Type 2, and LADA.  Your magazine does not mention which type of diabetes the special edition is speaking of.

THERE IS NO CURE FOR DIABETES OF ANY KIND!!!!  It is completely irresponsible to suggest otherwise.  

I have Type 1 Diabetes because my body no longer produces insulin.  There is no "reversing" this.  I will have this disease for the rest of my life.  Or until I cure is found, which I can only hope I see in my lifetime.

I have friends with Type 2 diabetes.  I'm sure that they would love to "reverse" it.  Unfortunately, THIS IS COMPLETE AND UTTER CRAP!  People with Type 2 can improve their insulin resistance, but they too will have diabetes for the rest of their lives, until a cure is found.

I am extremely disappointed and offended at this lack of attention and fact-checking.  By publishing this edition, you are spreading misinformation.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for helping people to make better decisions about their health.  I believe it is important for all people, including those with diabetes, to take the necessary steps to take better care of themselves.  

But really.  I do hope you will seriously consider the impact this special edition will have.  There is so much misinformation out there about diabetes, and you will be contributing to it. I encourage you, and plead, that you take another look at the magazine.  You will lose many fans in the diabetes community by going forward with this.  Attached is the link to my blog and the post I wrote yesterday about a similar issue with CNN.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.



Please let Reader's Digest know how we feel!  Email, or send mail to React, Reader's Digest, PO Box 6100, Harlan, Iowa  51593-1600 "Include your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number."

Thanks to Kim for bringing this to my attention! 


  1. Great letter!!

    I am sitting here and the words coming out are evil, and mean.

    I need to compose myself and get on it! Thank you for your awesome letter!

  2. Thank you SO much Jess for taking the time to write this! I echo each and every one of your sentiments! LOVE your letter!!!

  3. I know I said this on Twitter (Wait, I didn't... didn't I? /losing mind), but thank you so much for writing this and speaking up. The amount of feedback the DOC has been giving RD has been an awesome thing to watch over the past 24 hours, and I'm thankful to have your help in that!

    Here's hoping they listen.