In today’s world, diabetes is spreading like wildfire. Doctors have learned so much about the disease that to a layman, it’s become increasingly confusing. New treatments for diabetes have been unleashed, the nature of this dreaded disease has also been updated, and according to some recent research, it is spreading like wildfire, like a contagious infection, especially in places where it was rarely seen before, like China and India. You see, earlier, people in China and India used to like a not so Western lifestyle, but the moment they began living it, diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases started to emerge.
According to the World Health Organization, “347 million people worldwide have diabetes. In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.”
Unfortunately diabetes has become so popular that it even has a month dedicated to it – the National Diabetes Awareness Month – where people celebrate it with walks for diabetes, workshops for diabetes, races for diabetes, and what not. Here’s what the United Nations had to say about diabetes, “For the first time, a non-infectious disease has been seen as posing as serious a global health threat as infectious epidemics such as HIV/AIDS.”
In the United States, the situation has become worse with children developing Type II diabetes. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because today people hardly have the time to cook for themselves, and thus healthy meals are replaced with fatty meals, natural juice is replaced with sugary drinks and thus what was rare in children is now becoming increasingly popular. When it comes to diagnosing the disease, it’s both good and bad news. As soon as you find out you’re suffering from the dreaded disease, a disease you could have easily lived without, it becomes bad news. The good news is that you still have time to reverse the effects by making the necessary changes in your lifestyle in order to live a healthier, longer and higher quality life.
The Dangers of Diabetes
As soon as a person finds out he / she is diabetic, they often realize that being angry won’t help and thus they become increasingly aware of their mortality and begin bargaining for more time to live. Although people suffering from diabetes don’t die almost immediately, what kills them is the stress brought on by the talk of complications, blood tests, pills and insulin. This in itself leaves a lot of people overwhelmed and depressed. Here’s what Diabetes.co.uk have to say, “According to NICE, people who are diagnosed with a chronic physical health problem such as diabetes are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression than people without it. Depression can have a serious impact on a person’s wellbeing and their ability and motivation to self-manage their condition. People with diabetes suffering from depression are at greater risk of suffering from an episode of diabetic burnout which collectively can have adverse effects on physical health and potentially instigate more long term complications both to do with diabetes and independent from the condition.”