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Key facts The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 (1). The global prevalence of diabetes* among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014 (1). Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. In 2015, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012**. Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030 (1). Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body Continue reading >>

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  1. Mike Peters

    Besides lifestyle, genetics and age are important factors in diabetes.
    You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you
    are overweight or obese
    are age 45 or older
    have a family history of diabetes
    are African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
    have high blood pressure
    have a low level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol , or a high level of triglycerides
    have a history of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
    are not physically active
    have a history of heart disease or stroke
    have depression
    have polycystic ovary syndrome , also called PCOS

    have acanthosis nigricans —dark, thick, and velvety skin around your neck or armpits
    Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes | NIDDK

    Here is a test that you can use to determine your degree of risk:
    Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

  2. Alexandria Heather

    There is a thundering increase in people with these kinds of conditions, and it has less to do with their lack of self-care as it has to do with living in a world that forces poison on it’s citizens through the food, air, water & medicine.
    Fatism is more popular than ever, but obesity has more to do with yeast than someone just being a piggy. In fact, all the piggies I’ve ever known were skinny. All us fatties starve ourselves to no avail.
    People suffering from syndrome X and PEM-related disorders, are stuck in a losing battle against obesity and ill-health because they’ve been under attack their entire lives.
    Most people don’t even know how to make food from scratch. Is this their fault, or the culture we’re raised in?
    Do you have something to offer people to help them find a healthier lifestyle?
    It really isn’t a question of if you should have compassion for anyone.

    Because the answer to that should always be YES.

  3. Christi Zelaya

    I’m sorry, but the reason they have whatever disease they have really isn’t any concern of yours.
    The truth of the matter is, they have a disease they are trying to manage. For some it may be an easy thing to do; for others it can be a major challenge. Which ever it is, it’s none of your business.

    Whether you have compassion for them or not makes little to no difference to them. And it doesn’t change the fact that they have this disease and they will be dealing with it, not you.

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