The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 415 million around the world has diabetes, with the number anticipated to hit 632 million by 2030. That’s 10 percent of the world’s population to have this condition.
It’s true that every six seconds, a person with diabetes dies with more than half of them being people younger than 60 years old.
Understanding Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes – making up about 90 percent of all cases.
Glucose gives muscles the power they need, which the digestive process produces and delivers via the bloodstream. However, insulin is necessary to open cell receptors, which will allow the glucose to enter. The pancreas is what releases insulin when needed.
With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces the insulin for the open receptors, but they cannot absorb them because of the fat. With type 1 diabetes, however, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin.
In type 2 diabetes, which is considered a lifestyle disease, a lack of exercise and bad diet is the culprit. It’s usually the result of eating way too much processed food with a copious amount of fat, salt and sugar combined with a sedentary lifestyle.
Reports from the IDF say that type 2 diabetes is no longer happening in just first-world countries but also third-world ones including parts of Africa.
How Much Will It Cost To Treat Diabetes
The price tag for treating diabetes is more than too little and less than too much. According to the IDF, diabetes is tied to 12 percent of worldwide healthcare, with some countries seeing a fifth of all healthcare costs tied to the illness.
This isn’t that big of a shock though. Most people do not realize they have type 2 diabetes until it hits the advanced stages. There are very few recognizable symptoms in the early stages. In fact, one in two people around the world does not even know they have diabetes. It’s not until the disease is in its advanced stages that they learn they have it and needed to take medications on a daily basis to control the condition.
Up until then, diet and exercise are the primary ways to treat it (maybe even reverse it).
How Can This Late Diagnosis Be Avoided?
A primary way in which to avoid the possibility of late diagnosis is to have the government start imposing mandatory screening. Perhaps doctors can come up with some quick non-invasive diagnostic tools that can predict a person’s chance of developing diabetes – no blood tests needed and can be carried out during a yearly check-up.