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Diabetes Still A Pretty Hot Topic*

Diabetes is a rising scourge in our country. The incidence of diabetes has risen strikingly in the last few decades, becoming described as an epidemic.

With that in mind, I decided to step aside for yesterday and today to allow John Doe (yeah, really) who works with the Diabetes Care Community website, which is based out of our neighbor to the north, Canada, to talk a bit about the disease and look into why the incidence of it is rising so precipitously.

As we talked about yesterday, the main reason for this rise could have a lot to do with the culture of inactivity also creeping over our population here in the United States.

Take it away, John.

Much of the increased incidence of diabetes is due to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. It is often related to obesity and to low levels of physical activity.

 The rise in type 2 diabetes in North America is particularly high. Studies show that over the past three decades, blood glucose levels in the U.S. have risen at more than twice the rate of those in Western Europe.

 These figures may in part be due to the rising numbers of immigrants from high-risk populations. These include people of Asian, South Asian, Hispanic and African descent. Increased life expectancy may also play a part, since older people are more at risk of developing diabetes.

 However, numerous studies also point to the Western culture’s dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle as being a major contributor to the rise in type 2 diabetes. For example, reliance on heavily processed and fast foods, together with high consumption of sugary drinks, may contribute to the elevated blood glucose levels found in uncontrolled diabetics.

 The rise of type 2 diabetes in Native Indian communities is often said to support this theory. Although there is likely a genetic element behind this population’s high risk for the condition, some Native Indian groups have seen such a rapid rise in incidence since the 1940s that other factors are also believed to be at work. These include the move from the traditional diet to the much more heavily processed foods of the typical U.S. or Canadian diets.

 Diabetes is an expensive disease, in more ways than one. A recent research report put the current annual global sales of diabetes medications at around $35 billion. This amount can only rise.

 The cost of these medications, supplies and ongoing healthcare is placing a significant economic burden on individuals and governments alike. Until a cure is found, diabetes will inevitably remain a hot topic for us all.

Thanks, John and the Diabetes Care Community folks up in Canada.

If you dudes are interested in learning more about diabetes, it shouldn’t be all that hard. Try hitting up places like WebMD, or even the U.S. government.

Even if you don’t want to find out more, you can help little dudes and dudettes in your family fight off incipient type 2 diabetes. Get the little dudes outside more often, run them around. Basically get them up off the couch and out from in front of the television. And cut down on the fast foods.

See? Easy peasy.

 

*Just so you know, right here and right now? This is the only way I’m going to acknowledge what anniversary falls on this date. Focusing on the horror only feeds the cause of the idiots who did it. We’ve mourned the dead, now it’s time to live up to our ideals. BTW, this little bit here was only me and does not come from John Doe or the Diabetes Care Community.


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Diabetes Becoming A Hot Topic

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.

Anyway.

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.

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