World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) suggest that the world is losing the war against excess sugar in diets. But the people who are diagnosed with diabetes can live healthy and fulfilling lives by following the prescribed medical precautions coupled with a healthy lifestyle.
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin. It ruins it. This results in abnormal metabolism rate of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
For instance, Theresa May, who has Type 1 diabetes, reached the hight of politics when she became PM of Britain. Similarly, Gary Mabbutt, the former Tottenham captain, also suffers from Type 1 diabetes and even then he went on to win 16 England caps. A column of Mushtak Parker reads in straits time.
November 14 is marked as the ‘World Diabetes Day’. The day is aimed at raising awareness of the disease.
“The latest statistics from the WHO and IDF suggest that the world is losing the war against excess sugar in diets. The data claims because of the demand for cheap processed and fast foods, and a lifestyle well short of the required daily exercise,”
An estimated 425 million people struggle with diabetes in the world. The number will rise to 629 million in 2045. This estimate comprises both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes — Type 1 (where one is born with the disease). Type 2 (acquired in later life because of environmental, diet and lifestyle factors; this type accounts for the vast number of cases), and gestational diabetes (affecting women during pregnancy).
According to IDF, diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally. As the number at 2.1 million per year.
“Women with Type 2 diabetes are 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without it. More than 199 million women are living with diabetes. And this figure is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040,” according to IDF.
UN Agenda for Sustainable Development is to reduce premature mortality due to diabetes by a third by 2030.