One of the things I learned was that money given by the government for medical research is granted based on the percentages of people who die from specific diseases. These numbers are taken from the death certificates issued by the states. That is why it is so important for each of us to insure that when a family member dies of complications from Diabetes that it be recorded on their death certificate.
When my mother died, the cause of death was listed as heart failure. The heart attack was caused by the complications of Diabetes which had caused kidney failure and other organs to shut down, eventually causing the heart to just give out. So it wasn’t simple heart failure.
I insisted that the doctor record her death as heart failure due to complications of Diabetes. He was happy to do that for us. This way, her death was not just lumped in with all the others dying of heart disease. The more money we can raise for research in discovering a cure for Diabetes the better off we will all be.
I learned about this when my father died after suffering a heart attack while in the hospital. He actually had acute Peritonitis caused by a doctors carelessness resulting in a perforated stomach. But, the doctor and the hospital did not want to be liable for his death so the doctor simply listed his death as a heart attack even though my father had no signs whatsoever of heart disease.