Misconceptions About Diabetes

Here are some of the misconceptions about the dreaded disease of diabetes:

Diabetes is not a killer disease – FALSE

What you need to know is that diabetes is in fact a killer disease. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (released June 10, 2014), “Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.”

Only rich countries are affected with diabetes – FALSE

No matter what the income is, diabetes hits all populations whether they’re in the US or in China or India. More than 347 million people worldwide are suffering from diabetes. Earlier it was estimated by DIAMAP that, “by 2025 it is expected to affect 380 million, with 53 million of those affected being in Europe.” But we’re half way there and it’s just 2015.

Diabetes is heavily funded globally – FALSE

According to the United Nations, “Official Overseas Development Aid to the health sector in 2002 reached USD 2.9 billion, of which a mere 0.1% went to fund ALL non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs). Most of the USD 2.9 billion went to support HIV/AIDS. Despite diabetes having a deadly global impact comparable to HIV/AIDS, it had to share the tiny 0.1% of the total NCD funding. In addition, the World Bank gave USD 4.2 billion in loans for health, population and nutrition between 1997 and 2002. Only 2.5% of the USD 4.2 billion went to chronic diseases.

Care for diabetes is not costly – FALSE

Caring for diabetes has a huge cost attached to it and this cost has the potential to cripple any healthcare system. According to the United Nations, “The economic opportunities that the United Nations wants to create for developing countries through the Millennium Development Goals will be greatly undermined by the economic impact of diabetes in low- and middle-income countries.

Only old people are affected by diabetes – FALSE

Truth be said, diabetes affects everyone, whether young or old. According to Diabetes.org, “About 208,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, approximately 0.25% of that population. In 2008—2009, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 18,436 with type 1 diabetes, 5,089 with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes mostly affects men – FALSE

Both men and women are equally affected by diabetes and the truth is, it affects women a little more than it affects men.

Diabetes cannot be prevented – FALSE

Diabetes can be prevented, up to 80% of Type II diabetes can be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle and increased physical activity.

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