Prediabetes… Magnitude of the Problem
Being overweight and obesity are the main reasons why Diabetes is now considered the largest epidemic in the history of mankind. Type 2 Diabetes represents 90 to 95% of all Diabetes cases, and prediabetes is the stage prior to the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. If people with prediabetes don’t take the necessary measures, they’ll soon be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and therefore will dramatically increase the incidence of worldwide Diabetes. Diabetes has a tremendous economic, social and human impact in all countries around the world. Diabetes is estimated to consume 8 to 10% of all health budgets worldwide.
When a person has already been diagnosed with Diabetes, they need to maintain optimal control of their blood glucose and Hemoglobin A1c levels, otherwise they’ll be at risk of developing the dreaded chronic complications associated with poor control, which result in partial or total disability, or premature death of those who suffer it and this in turn affects the productivity of several businesses and commercial sectors, leading to millions of dollars of losses in economic resource worldwide.
It is estimated that in the US there are more than 26 million people with Diabetes and more than 80 million with prediabetes and 1 in 4 people with Insulin Resistance Syndrome (which is the stage that precedes Prediabetes). As for the Hispanic population, it’s estimated that there are currently more than 50 million Hispanics with Type 2 Diabetes, over 100 million with Prediabetes and more than 150 million with Insulin Resistance, worldwide.
These alarming figures clearly indicate the seriousness of the problem of high Type 2 Diabetes incidence, its risk factors and the importance of taking all necessary measures to prevent or at least reduce the dramatic impact it’ll have on humanity if we don’t act immediately.
The good news is that if we do make all necessary changes in our lifestyle, we will be reducing our risk of developing prediabetes and preventing or avoiding a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, thus managing to enjoy a better quality of life.
What is being done to prevent a Diabetes epidemic?
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the organization that runs and regulates all activities related to Diabetes worldwide, presented a resolution to the United Nations (UN) called “United for Diabetes” to raise awareness and draw attention of all governments, health authorities and the media of all countries in the world, to alert the population about this serious situation, so that political leaders, health institutions, the media and population, can immediately take the necessary precautions and steps, and reduce these alarming Diabetes incidence figures.
Likewise, every year the IDF organizes the “World Diabetes Day”, celebrated on November 14, where all Diabetes associations and related organizations around the world, conduct activities to educate and inform the public about Diabetes, and to have free glucose levels monitoring campaigns to detect people who may have prediabetes, diabetes or risk factors of developing it, so they can make timely necessary corrective changes and prevent the damages caused if these conditions go unnoticed.
In our respect, in Diabetes Up to Date, our fight against this terrible evil is permanent and relentless, educating the entire population to prevent new cases of Diabetes in those at high risk of developing it, and providing a better quality of life for those who’ve already been diagnosed.