Diabetes runs in my family. I had a great aunt who went blind from it., and an uncle who has it, My grandmother had it as well as my two brothers. I’ve had type 1 for a long time. It has caused problems with my eyes and my kidneys. There is literally no part of the body that it doesn’t affect.
My diabetes is hereditary, but a lot of the new cases today are caused by lifestyle factors. More and more people get Type 2 at an earlier age, which was unheard of 20-years-ago. Back then it was something that you developed when you got old.
Most Americans eat a lousy diet of processed foods, sugar, and fast foods. Heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and obesity are the result of it. Some medical experts say that diabetes is at epidemic levels now.
It really pains me to see parents feed their young children French fries from McDonald’s. They are giving them a taste for junk food and setting them up for problems down the road.
According to Medical News Today: “The incidence of diabetes, mostly diabetes Type 2, is expected to rise from 8 newly diagnosed cases per thousand in 2008 to approximately 15 by the year 2050, researchers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Emory University report in an article published in Popular Health Metrics. “
We expected that the incidence of Type 2 diabetes would rise because the baby boomers are getting older and more obese as we speak, but nobody thought that it would become that epidemic in the future.
The numbers are so high for several reasons. One is the obesity. Secondly, those who have diabetes are living longer because of better therapies. And finally, the minority populations in this country are booming as well and they have a higher risk of developing the disease than Caucasians.
The study was the most comprehensive to date about diabetes and how many people will develop it inn their lifetime.
And having diabetes doesn’t come cheap. I spend over $200 a month on test strips alone. Fortunately my insurance covers most of it. But there is also prescriptions, insulin, and syringes to pay for. Diabetes and its complications account for a lot of lost productivity in this country as well. In 2007, the cost was estimated to be $174 billion.
It’s important that you get regular testing for diabetes, especially if it runs in your family. The other important thing is to eat a healthy diet and get some form of exercise. Avoid junk foods and processed foods, and you may just delay the onset of this terrible disease and its complications. If more people did this maybe we could change these predictions.