Every once in a while I like to take the time to step aside for a bit and bring in a guest blogger. Usually it’s somebody with something specific to pitch or to tell you dudes about.
This time is no different. John Doe (yeah, really) works with the Diabetes Care Community website, which is based out of our neighbor to the north, Canada. My quick perusal of the website showed that it does offer links to and information about a variety of products for dealing with diabetes, so I wanted to be clear on that. I don’t think it’s a for-profit website (not that there’s anything wrong with it), but I do like to make sure any financial ties are enumerated clearly.
John Doe sent in a nice post about the increased awareness of diabetes among the general population, along with some ideas for why this is happening.
Take it away, John.
In recent years, there has been a sudden surge of interest in diabetes, with new articles, magazines and cookbooks appearing on the subject every day. Why is diabetes suddenly such a hot topic? And is modern Western culture to blame for the rapid rise in diabetes numbers?
This article explores some of the facts, figures and opinions that are intensifying the search for more effective diabetes treatments and, ultimately, for a cure.
Rising incidence of diabetes
The first official definition of diabetes as a serious disease occurred way back in the 16th century in a report by Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, a noted Swiss physician. Yet it has taken hundreds of years to become top of mind as a condition that we all need to be concerned about.
This increased level of interest coincides with a sharp rise in the numbers of diabetics. Diabetes is becoming more common everywhere in the world, and has been referred to as a global epidemic.
A recent study puts the number of diabetics worldwide at over 347 million. That is more than the entire population of the United States. Most troubling, the number has more than doubled since 1980, when incidence was estimated at 153 million.
I’m going to stop you here for a bit, John. We’ll return tomorrow with the wrap-up to John’s article, in which he contemplates whether or not there are connections between the rise of diabetes incidence and our Western culture.
I have a feeling the answer could be in the positive, mostly because we’ve been talking (as a culture, not necessarily all the time here) about how Americans are growing more and more rotund and that’s not a good thing. Especially when you consider one of the types of diabetes, which I’m sure John will cover tomorrow.
Anyway. We’ll see you tomorrow.