Saturday, May 8th, 2021
The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 415 million people around the world has diabetes, with the number anticipated to hit 632 million by 2030.
That’s approximately 10% percent of the world’s population living with this condition.
What’s known is that every six seconds, a person with diabetes dies, with more than half of them being younger than 60 years old.
Understanding Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes – making up around 90% percent of all cases.
Glucose gives muscles the power they need, which the digestive process produces and delivers via the bloodstream.
However, insulin is necessary to open the cell receptors, which allows the glucose to enter.
The pancreas is what releases insulin when needed.
With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces the insulin for the open receptors, but they cannot absorb them because of fat blockage.
With Type 1 diabetes however, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin at all.
Type 2 diabetes, which is considered a lifestyle disease, the culprit is usually a lack of exercise and bad diet.
It’s usually the result of eating excess processed food with a copious amount of “bad”fat, plenty of salt and sugar combined with a sedentary lifestyle.
Reports from the IDF claims that Type 2 diabetes is no longer an issue in just first-world countries, but now also third-world countries as well.
How Much Does It Cost To Treat Diabetes
The price tag for treating diabetes, is somewhere between more than too little, and less than too much.
According to the IDF, diabetes costs around 12% percent of the worlds healthcare costs.
Some countries, are experiencing a fifth of all their healthcare costs tied to this disease.
This however isn’t really that big of a shock.
Know If You Have Diabetes
Most do not realize they have Type 2 diabetes until it hits the advanced stages.
There are very few recognizable symptoms, for it to be caught early.
In fact, it’s estimated one in two people around the world, don’t even know they have the disease.
It’s not until it’s in its advanced stages, that they find out, and are required to begin taking medication on a daily basis to control the condition.
Up until then, diet and exercise are the primary ways to treat it (at times even reverse it).
How Can Late Diagnosis Be Avoided?
A best way to avoid the possibility of a late diagnosis, is to have medical boards start imposing mandatory screening.
Perhaps researchers can come up with some quick non-invasive diagnostic tools, that can predict a person’s chance of developing diabetes.
A way where no blood tests are needed, and can be carried out during a yearly check-up.