Diabetes: Of Life And Limb

Diabetes battle ‘being lost’ as cases hit record 382 million

It is one of the leading causes of lower limb loss throughout the world. An estimated 70 per cent of all lower limb amputations are related to diabetes, the International Federation of Diabetes said. aIt was hard for me to accept it. I didnat want anyone to see me,a said Zameck. aThen I shrugged it off. This is the way itas going to be and Iall make the best of it.a About two months later, he was at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital in Laval sporting an artificial leg and attempting baby steps.
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People with diabetes have inadequate blood sugar control, which can lead to a range of dangerous complications, including damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart. If left untreated, it can result in premature death. “Year after year, the figures seem to be getting worse,” said David Whiting, an epidemiologist and public health specialist at the federation. “All around the world we are seeing increasing numbers of people developing diabetes.” He said that a strategy involving all parts of society was needed to improve diets and promote healthier lifestyles. The federation calculates diabetes already accounts for annual healthcare spending of $548 billion and this is likely to rise to $627 billion by 2035. Worryingly, an estimated 175 million of diabetes cases are as yet undiagnosed, so a huge number of people are progressing towards complications unawares.
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14 is World Diabetes Day, sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The hope is that by raising awareness and educating people about diabetes, people that have a chance to prevent type 2 and gestational diabetes (type 1 isn’t currently preventable) will be able to do so. As many as 366 million people have diabetes worldwide, according to the IDF. That number is predicted to rise to 552 million by 2030. Most of those people have type 2 diabetes, and many don’t even know they have the disease. In the United States, almost 26 million people have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy , according to Dr.
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