Diabetes mellitus, a metabolic disease that results from high blood sugar due to increased levels of insulin in the body or the body’s lack of response to insulin. There has been a drastic increase in the number of patients diagnosed with diabetes in the last ten years alone, and this number is rapidly increasing. As of 2013, it was estimated that over 382 million people worldwide have some form of diabetes. What is the reason for this? Read the following article to find out more.
What is diabetes?
The term diabetes refers to several types of the diabetes mellitus that can negatively affect your glucose levels and cause a myriad of health issues from heart problem to kidney disease.
There are three main types of diabetes, and they are as follows:
This type of diabetes occurs when your body is not producing enough insulin. Early onset diabetes or juvenile diabetes and usually has its onset often before the 40s, most often in early childhood or teens. It is less common than Type-2 diabetes, and patients with this type will need to rely on insulin injections for the remainder of their lives and follow a rigorous diet to maintain their glucose levels.
In this type of diabetes, the patient suffers from insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition in which body of a diabetic person neither produces enough insulin nor does it reacts to it. Many patients have been able to control their insulin levels by following a stringent diet and weight loss. It is the most common type of diabetes as about 90% of those diagnosed with diabetes suffer from this type. As you age, you are at higher risk for the second type of diabetes, especially those with a family history, weight issues or other health concerns.
Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women due to increased levels of glucose present in their blood during pregnancy. It can usually be controlled with diet and exercise. However, if it is not diagnosed or managed, it could result in complications during pregnancy and birth. Studies have indicated that women with higher cholesterol levels are more prone to gestational diabetes
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Is the rise in diabetes linked to technology?
It has been determined that over ⅓ of American children are obese and thus at risk for diabetes. The following article on Livestrong.com, states that diabetes has been linked to the increased amount of time that children, teens, and adults spend online or utilizing various forms of technology. This is attributed to the fact that overuse of technology causes insomnia, increasing the need for snacking and cause lethargy and a decrease in physical exercise.
The pharmaceutical companies are making a fortune off diabetes.
The big Pharma companies are profiting from the increased number of both children and adults diagnosed with diabetes. With more people becoming dependent on insulin, there is the rapid increase in the costs of insulin injections and tablet. Pharmaceutical companies are raking in quite a profit at the expense of others suffering due to poor health. For more information, read the article here.
As you can see, diabetes is on the rise, and drug companies are profiting as a result. More education on diabetes prevention is needed to keep this number from increasing.