Diabetes Becoming More Prevalent Worldwide

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Diabetes comes in two forms. There is type 1 diabetes, a genetic disorder that has no cure; and type 2 diabetes, often called adult onset diabetes, that can be largely controlled through diet and exercise. The vast majority of those who suffer have type 2 diabetes. Recent studies show that this disease is becoming much more prevalent throughout the world.

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Diabetes in the US

The US has long been mocked for its unhealthy lifestyles. And it is not hard to see that as time goes on the rates of obesity go up. What is also not hard to see is the fact that as weight increases, so do the occurrences of health problems.

Diabetes is just one of many different health problems that are the result of obesity. Alongside this disorder comes the increased risk of heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, and various forms of cancer.

Diabetes Outside the US

As more and more countries become economically prosperous, their average weights are starting to go up. China is going through an economic boom, and it is predicted that there will be a huge spike in diabetes cases over the next 50 to 100 years. India is in the same boat, as well as many other developing countries.

As a country become wealthier, there is a shift in economics. No longer are people working in the manufacturing (manual labor) industries, but they are moving more toward the service industries. These more prosperous industries have much more sedentary lifestyles. Along with that economic move is the ability to afford more food. While it is a good thing that people are not starving, it is not a good thing when people overeat.

Increase in Diabetes

Rates of diabetes are increasing. That is a statistical fact. Diabetes in men ages 25 and older went from a rate of 8.3% of the population in 1980, to 9.8% in 2008. For women ages 25 and older the rates went from 7.5% to 9.3% over the same time period.

Controlling Your Diabetes

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may be tempted to take diabetes medication to help control this illness. While that can be a short term solution, your better option is to get on an exercise plan, and cut the junk food from your diet.

As humans we don’t need processed sugars, preserved foods, or many others in order to survive. Instead, whole grains, veges, fruits, and lean meats will satisfy our tastes perfectly well. Eat sensibly and go for a walk around the block after dinner, and you will be surprised at how easily your diabetes is kept under control.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.