Interesting Facts About Diabetes
Whether you consider yourself an expert on Type 2 diabetes or are somewhat familiar with the disease, it always pays to know as much as you can about diabetes. At the very least it is essential to be reminded of its disastrous effects and consequences when neglected. Type 2 diabetes can be lethal if not treated and considering it is an epidemic in modern society, no attention it receives is wasted.
Below are some interesting facts about Type 2 diabetes…
1. Prevalence and incidence rates have risen exponentially. To say the prevalence of this form of diabetes has increased in the past few decades would be an understatement. More people are being diagnosed than ever before. Just 30 years ago, 30 million people (give or take), were identified as having Type 2 diabetes. In 2015, the numbers climbed to close to 400 million. If this statistic is not terrifying – what is?
2. It typically afflicts adults in middle age. A big distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is the former affects individuals early on. Not to mention they are different diseases characterized by the same dysfunction and require different approaches to their management.
Type 2 typically affects adults in middle age, as it is more a consequence of the long-term effects of leading a mediocre lifestyle than anything else. Unfortunately, however, we are starting to see this form of diabetes afflicting younger populations as well.
3. Diabetes decreases life expectancy. To build on the previous point, there is little more concerning for the population at large than knowing younger people are being afflicted with a disease that comes with a decreased life expectancy. The average diabetic can expect a shorter lifespan by up to 10 to 15 years.
4. Type 2 diabetes was one of the earliest diseases to be identified. Despite its prevalence in our world today, Type 2 diabetes is not a recent development. It is a disease we have known about for thousands of years. As early as in Ancient Egypt, physicians were testing for diabetes by determining the sugar content in urine (based on the attraction of ants to its sugary taste). They did not fully understand its etiology (neither do we for Type 1), but it goes to show it affected the lives of our ancient ancestors as well.
5. You may know the insulin hormone was only officially discovered in 1921. This meant diabetes was a disease claiming countless lives for thousands of years, without our ability to fully understand or manage it.
Now we understand the insulin factor; we can administer injectable insulin to those who require it and prescribe a self-treatment plan to those looking to treat the disease by natural methods. The result is Type 2 diabetes is more manageable than ever before. At least we can no longer say there is a lack of options for managing the condition.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.