The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month and we are losing the battle. The number of cases, worldwide, has risen to 382 million. The majority of these cases are Type II diabetics and, unfortunately, a large number of these people (175 million) are walking around undiagnosed. There are over 5 million deaths attributed to the disease every year – approximately 1 death every 6 seconds. Annual costs worldwide are estimated at $548 billion. In the year 2035, it is estimated that 592 million people will suffer from the disease. Aside from premature death, the long list of complications will lead to long-term disability for many.
The rise in Type 2 diabetic patients is, of course, not limited to the adult patient population. Children and adolescents are increasingly at risk. Alarming given that Type 2 diabetes was essentially nonexistent in children a century ago.
The statistics are grim. The predictions are horrific. The costs are horrendous. For the sake of future generations, we need to denounce the advice that we know has failed . Instead, we need to utilize science in order to provide sound public health advice. The Swedish recommendations follow a literature review of sixteen thousand studies. Sixteen thousand studies later, we are on the same course. Let’s change that!