Monday, August 4, 2008

The Diabetes Epidemic Around Us


With obesity levels being at an all time high, the epidemic of type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, and will only get worse. This obesity is driven by the eaten of the wrong foods, a sedentary lifestyle and poor exercise habits.

Between 2001 and 2002, the diagnosis of diabetes went from 5.5 percent of Americans to an alarming 6.5 percent. In just one year!

Overall, twelve million Americans have been diagnosed and another 5 million Americans have diabetes and don’t know it. And yet another 12 millions are on their way to type 2
diabetes because of impaired glucose levels.

In 2008, six years after, the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the number of Americans plagued with full blown diabetes is a staggering 24million which is about 8% of the countries population.

Over 50million have blood sugar levels that now identify them as pre-diabetic. That over four times the 2002 high and also means that the situation is only bound to worsen if these ones like their predecessors do not take the necessary precautions to prevent the full blown onslaught of this ugly ailment

Not knowing is the worst because risks of untreated diabetes puts us at a terrible risk of complications including but not limited to blindness, amputations and ultimately death.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, amputations and blindness in the United States. It is not a disease to be taken lightly.

There have been scenarios where patients have preferred to die than be amputated.

The stickler is, that type 2 diabetes is almost completely preventable. Doctor’s say eat less, eat better and exercise. It is as simple as that but following this simply remedy in this stressed filled, me first, advert driven consumerist air that surrounds is not easy.

Statistically, people are now living longer, and it has been on the rise for years. But this will not continue if type 2 diabetes is not put under control.

America is a gluttonous society and ultimately it is affecting how we live and how long we live. With food cheap and with the poor eating more red meat than the rich, things will only get worse.

One may look at the the current high food prices as a God send. The truth is that it is yet to hit levels at which it will lead to a drop in demand or perhaps, food riots.

And sadly, the diabetes epidemic is not just a US problem. It is spreading gladly with epidemic reports in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people suffering from diabetes worldwide will surge to 380 million. And diabetes is now affecting more of the young and middle-aged population in developing countries between the ages of 40 and 59. It is no more simply a rich world disease as it was in the past

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