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Why Is Diabetes So Common

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The importance of both diabetes and these comorbidities will continue to increase as the population ages. Therapies that have proven to reduce microvascular and macrovascular complications will need to be assessed in light of the newly identified comorbidities. Lifestyle change has been proven effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals. Based on this, new public health approaches are emerging that may deserve monitoring at the national level. For example, the Diabetes Prevention Program research trial demonstrated that lifestyle intervention had its greatest impact in older adults and was effective in all racial and ethnic groups. Translational studies of this work have also shown that delivery of the lifestyle intervention in group settings at the community level are also effective at reducing type 2 diabetes risk. The National Diabetes Prevention Program has now been established to implement the lifestyle intervention nationwide. Another emerging issue is the effect on public health of new laboratory based criteria, such as introducing the use of A1c for diagnosis of type 2 diabetes or for recognizing high risk for type 2 diabetes. T Continue reading >>

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  1. Nurul Kabir

    In 2015 there were 1.59 million deaths worldwide attributed to diabetes. Diabetes is now within the top ten killers of humanity which was unheard of even as early as 2000. Why the dramatic increase in diabetics? I don't think peoples life-style changed a lot between 2000 and 2015. What can be the possible reason for such a huge increase. According to stats, in 2016 Saudi Arabia's 17.6% population has diabetes which is soon going to be 20%. Can anybody suggest possible reasons for these huge numbers. One would think that the advancement in knowledge and awareness should have brought down the numbers. But they are increasing in huge numbers worldwide. I wonder why?

  2. Kamakhya Kumar

    People are following the sedentary lifestyle and adopting fast food. I think these two are the basic region of growing number of diabetics. Another important risk factor is Stress, which I think everyone will be agree.

  3. Nurul Kabir

    Yes, Kumar, I agree completely.
    People seem to be up to their nose in stress. Demands of the industry, office and even the schools are pushing the kids to the limits. How can we have a stress free life? Where is the time for cooking? They just grab whatever food is available nearby! How can we really extract ourselves from this mess? I asked this question to someone and his reply was: can you hold, I am busy right now!

    Regards

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