Does Steve Jobs Have Diabetes?
The internet is a-buzz with speculation about the state of Steve Jobs' health. And "speculation" is the key word, because I honestly have no idea what the status of his health is today, nor can I begin to guess if something is wrong with him.
But when the phrase "Steve Jobs may have diabetes," is bantered about, a PWD like myself takes notice.
According to an article in Computer World, writer Gregg Keizer stated, "Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs may have symptoms that resemble Type 1 diabetes, a noted endocrinologist said today, and he could be treated with insulin." Keizer apparently spoke with Dr. Run Yu about Jobs' health, and after discussing different diabetes-related scenarios, the article closes with this: "Even so, Yu noted that without all the information, he is essentially guessing."
Manny over at TuDiabetes posted about this article as well, and a commenter left a link to a letter dated January 5, 2009 from Steve Jobs. Jobs states "Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been 'robbing' me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis. The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery."
No diabetes, it seems. But if it was, does he have to disclose that fact? Does being diabetic, or not being diabetic, make him any less of a CEO? Is his health our business? Or are we wishing more that his business was our health?