Why Diabetes is a World Health Concern

earthMany newly-diagnosed diabetics—both type one and type two—may find themselves feeling isolated; perhaps they have few friends who really understand the profound changes that occur in the course of their lives with diabetes. Certainly unless someone is personally acquainted with the regimen that diabetics have to make a major part of their life, it can be uncomfortable to joke about things such as finding cheap insulin syringes, making sure you have enough Bayer contour test strips, or purchasing accuchek lancets. However, it is important to keep in mind that diabetes is a very big world health concern. Nations across the globe have become increasingly concerned about the growth of diabetes cases. While traditionally, diabetes was considered a disease of the western world, of wealthy countries with a super-abundance of food, increasingly cases are appearing in countries that are still lagging technologically and economically, a fact that is making researchers and international advocates everywhere very concerned.

The issue is a greater one than that of diabetics working to make sure they can get their diabetic accessories; the diabetic supply industry is growing in proportion to the epidemic, so in most countries it’s not difficult to find cheap insulin syringes, or purchase Bayer contour test strips or accuchek lancets. The larger problem is that many people are unaware that they have diabetes—and that the lack of awareness of their condition leads to much more serious health problems. Individuals who have been otherwise considered healthy find themselves suddenly in the hospital with chronic disease conditions such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and other problems. Unlike other non-communicable diseases, diabetes shows very few warning signs—sometimes none at all. Many patients all over the world only find out that they have diabetes when they end up in the hospital for a complication. Particularly in countries where individuals do not have the resources for regular annual check-ups, this situation is common.

Important statistics that have come out in November of 2013, as part of Diabetes Awareness Month internationally, indicate that the epidemic is growing. More and more cases of diabetes—particularly type 2 diabetes—are being diagnosed in countries like India, China, and all over the continent of Africa. One scientist said of the epidemic, “As diabetes incidences are increasing in developing countries…it poses more severe problems for our future. It has no known cure, but kills faster than imagined. This is why we should not only focus on treatment, but preventative measures at the community level.” This means that while the many diabetics being diagnosed across the globe annually will certainly need to find access to diabetic accessories such as accuchek lancets, Bayer contour test strips, and cheap insulin syringes—but in order to face the crises, science must try and find new ways to prevent the disease in at-risk populations. Researchers are currently pointing to “providing good infrastructure that enables physical activities, healthy eating habits, cutting down on fat and oil diet and clampdown on junk foods,” as the best way forward; however, research is also geared towards finding vaccines or other interventions that could prevent the disease taking hold in obese populations and those at-risk for the auto-immune disease that leads to type one diabetes.

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