Type 2 Diabetes : A Global Pandemic
As I began researching information to write this blog originally titled, “Ways to maintain and Control Diabetes”, I ran across some pretty staggering numbers on a global scale. China’s number of diabetic patients was the reason I changed the title and restructured the blog. China has had a catastrophic increase of Diabetic patients from 1980 (approx. 1% of China population) to 2014 (approx. 11% of China population or 1 out of 10 people affected). This is largely due to the increased success of their economy.
I’ve also included some measures we can take to ward off diabetes yet, after studying this topic in detail, I believe it’s going to take global awareness and action in order to make a dent in new cases each year.
Type 2 Diabetes affects literally millions of Americans today while millions more are being added as new patients yearly. This is due largely impart of our poor diet and lifestyle choices such as eating fast food frequently and a lack of regular exercise. These numbers will continue to rise over the next 35 years where, if Americans remain on the same track, 1 in 4 Americans will have Diabetes.
To put these numbers in perspective, in 1958 1.6 million people or 0.9% of the U.S. population had Diabetes whereas in 2013, 22.3 million or 7.2 percent of the U.S. population had some form of Diabetes according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
I was surprised to learn, however, that although the U.S. has a high percentage of Type 2 Diabetes patients, China has the largest percentage of people in the world suffering from the disease. A report that was published on Bloomberg.com suggests from a study that 114 million or approximately 11 percent of residents in China suffer from Diabetes and 493.4 million people have high blood glucose levels, which is pre-diabetic. You can read the full report here.
It’s safe to say with these staggering numbers that everyone should start becoming aware and more conscience of what we consume and being more active due to the fact that no one is immune. Although Type 2 diabetes is easier to manage and control than Type 1, once you get it, there’s no cure. However, you may be able to halt any further progress if detection is made in its early stages by proper exercise (30 minutes, 5 day a week) and a healthy diet.
Unless we make some drastic changes soon, we will have a global disaster on our hands. In China, for example, the number of new cases could reach a point where China fears it may bankrupt their entire health system.
There are many ways to personally improve your chances of not getting Type 2 diabetes in your lifetime. Managing your weight, exercising regularly, eating less sugar, increase your water intake, and simply being more active can greatly improve your chances of getting diabetes.
As we begin to look at ways to improve our chances of refraining from getting diabetes, we should also reach out to others to join us in these activities and educate others who may not understand the risks associated with Diabetes.