Sunday, November 13, 2016
By 2040, over 640 million people may be living with diabetes. This is the key statistic from the International Diabetes Federation. This figure suggests that there is a massive concern when it comes to the diabetes epidemic, and that the general population should be more aware of the implications of diabetes, and how to try and avoid it.
Currently, approximately 415 million adults live with diabetes, with type 2 diabetes increasing across the globe.
Here we take a look at the sobering facts about diabetes and what you should be aware of.
What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
- Type 2 diabetes typically develops during adulthood, however is now on the rise in children. Type 2 can be prevented or delayed if a healthy lifestyle is adopted, including a healthy diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood and cannot be prevented. Diagnosis tends to become apparent when a person becomes ill from high blood sugar symptoms. People who suffer from Type 1 diabetes can also suffer from episodes of low blood sugar.
Is diabetes most common in a certain group of people?
The International Diabetes Federation states that 75% of adults with diabetes live in low and middle income countries. They also suggest that the highest number of people with diabetes fall into the age bracket of between 40 and 59 years old.
People that fall into these categories, and that are concerned, can consider reviewing their lifestlye to ensure that it incorporates a healthy diet and regular exercise. Talk to a pharmacist today if you are concerned about how diabetes might affect your health.
What kind of an impact does diabetes have around the world?
The number of adults living with diabetes right now is estimated to be at over 400 million, with approximately 542,000 children living with Type 1 diabetes. However, there is also a huge gap of people unaccounted for, with 1 in 2 poeple going undiagnosed for diabetes.
While there are a huge number of people living with diabetes, the number attributed to diabetes related deaths was a staggering 5 million in 2015 alone.
How can diabetes be prevented?
Type 1 diabetes can not be prevented, however you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Some factors which attribute to the development of Type 2 diabates are pre-determined and unable to be changed, for example age and family history. However, people can make changes to ensure that they eat better to incorporate more low fat, low calorie and nutritious foods into their diet.
Regular exercise can also be important when acting as a preventative measure as it helps to keep blood glucose levels on target. Activities such as walking, swimming and stretching can all help.
*Statistics in this article are taken from idf.org, correct as of 2015.