The biggest pandemic of this century is the sequence of health issues that are ranging from pre-diabetes and overweight to obesity and diabetes. It is one of the leading causes of several diseases such as heart diseases, dementia, cancer, and premature death in the world. This pandemic is almost completely caused by environmental and lifestyle factors providing us the hope that it is preventable and curable.
It was estimated in 2007 that approximately 240 million people worldwide had diabetes and the projection was that it is going to effect about 380 million by the year 2030. The reality check in later years proved that these estimates were gross underestimates because 2011 put the worldwide total at 350 million. In China alone, rates of diabetes reached at alarming 24 million, from almost zero, 25 years ago – almost all of whom were previously undiagnosed. Interestingly, people in this Asian population are affected only after they started to adopt a more Western diet and lifestyle. Lack of environmental laws and regulations also exposed them to increasing level of toxins.
Some of us probably assume that Diabetes is just a problem for rich countries with too much of food; believe it or not it is also a disease of poverty that is increasing in developing countries as well. In India, diabetes carries a greater risk of death than infectious diseases. Approximately 25-30 percent of the population in Middle East is diabetic. It is also very carefully estimated that by 2020 more than 49 million deaths worldwide will be from chronic preventable lifestyle diseases – heart disease, diabetes, and cancer . All fueled by the same preventable risk factors: high blood pressure, overweight, physical inactivity, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and smoking.
One third of all the diabetics in the world have documented heart disease. It is also estimated that nearly everyone else with type 2 diabetes has undiagnosed heart diseases. Nervous system damage affects 60-70 percent of people with diabetes, leading to loss of sensation in hands and feet, and this frequently leads to amputations. Diabetes is also the leading cause of blindness among people ages twenty to seventy-four and kidney failure is accounted for 44 percent of new cases each year. People with poorly controlled diabetes are three times more likely to have severe gum disease.i
Conventional medicine is the best available remedy for acute illness and injury however our current approach to prevent and treat chronic diseases is not working. Treating diabetes with medications or insulin is like trying to preserve water in a and leaky bowl.
Stats provided above are not important because they are not going to change our health – stats are only the estimated but atrocious numbers to give us a wake up call that there is something that exists. The question here is that what is needed – how to prevent falling into these numbers above or if we have already become a number then how to take back our health? Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, syndrome X, obesity, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes are all essentially one problem; some vary by severity but all can have deadly consequences. The diagnosis and treatment of the underlying causes that drive all these conditions are actually the same. Nearly all people who are overweight already have pre-diabetes and have significant risk of disease and death.
The good news is that solution is available to everyone with simple dietary adjustments and lifestyle changes that would prevent, treat, and reverse these chronic diseases.
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Notes: i-The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD
Munawar Rasheed resides and works in Canada. He has a background in business, education and international development administration. He is a firm believer in the healing powers of nature therefore he is currently involved in an independent comparative study of natural and conventional medicine. He will be regularly contributing the findings of his study and his input on other areas of his interest at daanish.pk.