Do you know these facts about diabetes?
Diabetes is an emerging global epidemic that can be traced back to rapid increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity. According to WHO, Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes, and accounts for around 90% of all diabetes worldwide. Reports of type 2 diabetes in children – previously rare – have increased worldwide. In some countries, it accounts for almost half of newly diagnosed cases in children and adolescents. Here is a list of some other facts about diabetes which you may not know.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes comes at the sixth place in the list of death causes in the USA.
- 5 million People die in the world every year due to diabetes, i.e. one person every 10 seconds.
- United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Nauru, Bahrain, and Kuwait are the countries with the highest percentage of people suffering from diabetes.
- At present there are 35 million diabetic people in India. This number is expected to reach up to 70 million by 2025.
- According to the World Health Organization, the disease rates have reached the level of epidemic.
- 44% of all kidney failure cases are caused by diabetes.
- The money spent on diabetes in US is more than 200 billion dollars each year.
- 60-70% of diabetic patients have a certain form of neurological disorders.
- Diabetes influences the menstrual and ovulation cycles, as well as impacts female sexual desire.
- Eating cooked oatmeal at least two times a week decreases the risk of developing diabetes by 16%. More than five servings of cooked oatmeal per week give a 39% decrease of this risk.
- Almost 90% of all diabetic patients are obese.
- Animals like dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, foxes, ground squirrels, dolphins, and hippos can also suffer from diabetes.
- More than one million amputations annually are caused by diabetes.
- Spending two hours or more, in front of TV increases the risk of developing diabetes.
- Diabetes takes five to ten years from normal life expectancy.
- Diabetes may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Diabetes increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.
- Adolescent girls with Type 1 diabetes mellitus are at higher risk of developing various eating disorders.
- Breastfeeding a baby for three months and more decreases the risk of Type 1 diabetes in childhood and obesity in adulthood.
- More than 12 million men and 11.5 million women in the USA have diabetes.
- In 7% of pregnancies in USA, gestational diabetes is diagnosed.
- Diabetes can increase the risk of gingivitis, which often leads to tooth loss.
- Diabetes increases the risk of flu/pneumonia complications. Up to 30 thousand people with diabetes die from flu and pneumonia each year.
- People with pear-shaped body face smaller risk of developing diabetes in comparison with those having an apple-shaped body.
- Diabetes is the main cause of blindness in US residents aged between 20 and 74. 90% of these cases can be prevented by early diagnose and treatment.
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