Diabetes – A Worldwide Epidemic
Diabetes is a major public health problem that is approaching epidemic proportions globally. Worldwide, the prevalence of chronic, noncommunicable diseases is increasing at an alarming rate. About 18 million people die every year from cardiovascular disease, for which diabetes and hypertension are major predisposing factors. Today, more than 1.7 billion adults worldwide are overweight, and 312 million of them are obese. In addition, at least 155 million children worldwide are overweight or obese. A diabetes epidemic is underway.
451 Million adults with diabetes
To date, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have estimated that 451 million adults live with diabetes worldwide.
Top 10 causes of death globally
Diabetes is one of the top 10 causes of death globally. Together with cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory disease, these conditions account for over 80% of all premature noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) deaths.
Second biggest life expectancy reducer
Although progress has been made in promoting population health and extending life expectancy, diabetes is the second biggest negative total effect on reducing global health adjusted life expectancy worldwide.
Each year 7 million people develop Diabetes
Each year 7 million people develop Diabetes and the most dramatic increases in type 2 Diabetes have occurred in populations where there have been rapid and major changes in lifestyle, demonstrating the important role played by lifestyle factors and the potential for reversing the global epidemic
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. There are three main types of diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes:
Is caused by an autoimmune reaction in which the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. As a result, the body produces very little or no insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes:
Is the most common type of diabetes. Initially, hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose levels) is the result of the inability of the body’s cells to respond fully to insulin, a situation termed ‘insulin resistance’.
Gestational diabetes (GDM):
(GDM) is characterised by high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. It may occur at any time during pregnancy (although most likely after week 24) and usually disappears after the pregnancy.
Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
- Adults with diabetes have a two- to three-fold increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Combined with reduced blood flow, neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet increases the chance of foot ulcers, infection and eventual need for limb amputation.
- Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness, and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina.
- Diabetes is the cause of 2.6% of global blindness.
- Diabetes is among the leading causes of kidney failure.
How to Avoid Being Part of the Growing Diabetes 'Epidemic'
The good news is if you’re diagnosed as pre-diabetic or have diabetes, you can make lifestyle changes that can delay or prevent the onset of diabetes complications. These include:
- Maintain a healthy body mass index. Every 2.2 pounds of weight lost reduces your diabetes risk by 16 percent.
- Eat a low-fat diet. Fill your plate with fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, lean meats, fish and chicken.
Avoid certain foods. Processed, refined carbohydrates and foods rich in saturated fats and sugar should be avoided.
- Stay hydrated. Skip the sugar-sweetened beverages and drink water throughout the day.
- Daily exercise. Get off the couch and get involved in regular physical activity that will help your body use insulin more efficiently.
- Reduce stress. Learn ways to chill. The stress response triggers the release of hormones that increase blood sugar levels.
- Get a full night’s rest. Sleep deprivation can cause obesity, which leads to an increased risk of diabetes.
- Commit to self-care. See your doctor regularly and never missed prescribed medication.
What about South Africa?
The weight of the increasing diabetes and obesity epidemic in South Africa threatens to crush the country’s overloaded health system‚ experts warn.
South Africa and Egypt are driving the rapidly growing diabetes epidemic on the continent‚ according to the first major study in Africa on diabetes and obesity.
Half the people in South Africa and most citizens of other African countries with this insidious disease are unaware they have it.
A landmark study on diabetes in sub-Saharan African reported in July that diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases were overtaking HIV/Aids‚ respiratory infections‚ diarrhoeal diseases and malaria as the leading causes of death.
The African study‚ based on data from more than 1.2 million people‚ proved a positive association between BMI and diabetes rates in men and women. The SA Medical Research Council and the Imperial College collated the results. (See graphic on the left.)
How can Chaya help for Diabetes:
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These studies found the improvement in the parameters like body weight, liver glycogen content and carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes as well as regeneration of β-cells of pancreas and so might be of value in diabetes treatment.
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