Type 2 Diabetes is a global epidemic… What can we do?
Type 2 Diabetes is considered the largest epidemic in the history of humanity and, even worse, its incidence increases every day. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that by the year 2005 the worldwide number of people with Diabetes would reach 150 million people, but it actually exceeded 200 million. The serious public health problem of Diabetes was underestimated in these projections. There are currently over 385 million people with Diabetes in the world and projections indicate that this figure will double over the next 20 years.
In the United States there are more than 26 million people with Type 2 Diabetes and its incidence in this country is even worse because its prevalence will double in half the time, i.e. in 10 years.
Excess weight, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are the main responsible factors for this, even among children and adolescents.
Everyone’s goal should be to minimize these risk factors, so we can greatly reduce these alarming projections and thus reduce the incidence of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes. In turn this will reduce the tremendous economic, social and human impact represented by Type 2 Diabetes and will allow the population to have a better quality of life.
Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes… What can we do?
Fortunately at this stage, Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or at least delayed and the good news is that insulin and glucose levels can be easily influenced through simple changes that we can implement in our current lifestyle, acquiring healthy eating habits and increasing our physical activity or exercise. Sometimes, the use of drugs that help improve our insulin “sensitivity” is also necessary.
Strong evidence suggests that losing weight and staying fit through physical activity, helps our body’s cells recover their “insulin sensitivity” and therefore be less “insulin resistant”. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), was a scientific study that conclusively proved, that Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented, if we take action as soon as possible. Staying well informed and educated in this area will allow us to feel better and be healthier.
In “Diabetes Up to Date”, we are aware of the serious problem Diabetes presents as well as its risk factors. We are committed to work every day with love, ethics, professionalism and dedication, so we can help prevent or reduce the high incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, in those at risk of developing it and providing a better quality of life to those who’ve already been diagnosed with Diabetes, through our mass awareness campaigns, Diabetes education, prevention, updated information and also by motivating them to make all the necessary changes that will enable them to enjoy a healthier, productive and happier life.