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Is Diabetes Becoming The Biggest Epidemic Of The Twenty-first Century?

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Diabetes: The Epidemic

On Barbara Young's office table is a graph. A bar chart, actually: four columns of green, purple, red and bright blue showing the progression, in England, of rates of coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes over the past five years. The first two are flatlining or falling. Cancer, in red, is rising, but slowly. Trace a line between the blue bars from 2005 to 2010, and it soars off the chart. "Diabetes," says Young flatly, "is becoming a crisis. The crisis. It's big, it's scary, it's growing and it's very, very expensive. It's clearly an epidemic, and it could bring the health service to its knees. Something really does need to happen." Baroness Young is, admittedly, the chief executive of Diabetes UK, Britain's main diabetes charity and campaigning group. It's her job to say such things. But the figures are behind her all the way: diabetes is fast becoming the 21st century's major public-health concern. The condition is now nearly four times as common as all forms of cancer combined, and causes more deaths than breast and prostate cancer combined. Some 2.8m people in the UK have been diagnosed with it; an estimated 850,000 more probably have type 2 diabetes but don't ye Continue reading >>

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  1. kverrengia

    Novolog - can the insulin novalog cause sever muscle reactions?

    I'm a diabetic on novalog I'm 61 y/o and have been on Novalog and Lantus for about 8 years. I recently have gotten severe legs cramps which are extremely painful. When these cramps occur I sweat profusely. These occur mostly at night but have occasionally occured in the daylight hours. I am on potassium and magnesium supplements and believe that these levels are at a normal range. Are severe leg cramps a side effect of Novolog?

  2. DZ DzooBaby

    No, insulin doesnt usually cause leg cramps. It is possible that it could be some neuropathy as a result of the ongoing disease progression of diabetes. You should discuss this with your Dr though. There are many different things that can cause severe leg cramps. Lack of circulation can cause cramping after a person begins walking and gets better at rest. Blood clots can cause pain in the calf/leg but usually this is accompanied by a red, hard knot like area, but not always. Blood clots, of course, can be life threatening so this is not something you should put off. Call your Dr for an appt to discuss this problem with him as soon as you can. Perhaps it is nothing, but it should be addressed. I would have suggested that you could be low on potassium or magnesium because nocturnal leg cramps are common with these conditions so the Dr might need to check your bloodwork just to be sure your supplementation is adequate.

  3. RA Rajive Goel

    I am 65 and have been a diabetic type all for 12 years and i only get hand and leg cramps only when i uses my levemir or novolog flex pen. At no other times do i cramp.

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