Type 2 diabetes is on the increase

Type 2 diabetes is on the increase and now accounts for 90% of all diabetic cases in the UK according to recent figures and 10% of the NHS budget is contributed to the treatment of diabetes which equates to £9 billion per year or £173 million per week.

Since 1996 the number of people in the UK with diabetes has risen from 1.4 billion people to 3.5 million and its is estimated a further 1/2 a million are undiagnosed and pushing it over 4 million people and by 2025 it is estimated to rise to 5 million and thats only 5 years away.

In the world today according to recent studies that 415 million people are living with diabetes worldwide which is estimated at 1 in 11 people and this is set to rise to 642 million by 2040.

What is diabetes?

All forms of diabetes have something in common, their is too much sugar or glucose in the blood stream and the Pancreas is having problems controlling the blood sugar levels either by not producing enough insulin or the body’s cells do not react to the insulin as it should.

Types of diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, but more often than not it is detected in childhood and is NOT related to lifestyle or diet.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is by far more common and is a chronic condition which is associated with obesity and family history and more likely to be diagnosed in the older person.

Without any treatment or management of this condition then type 2 diabetes can have a long lasting impact on health and that includes life threatening conditions.

Diabetes can lead to eye problems, feet issues, kidney problems, and increased risk of heart attacks and strokes and even nerve damage.

Why the sudden rise in type 2 diabetes cases

It is hard to pin this one because, is it the individual and there food choices?, is it the supermarkets? who can we point a finger at.

Supermarkets are well known for putting their popular sugary foods within eye level to make it easier for you to spot them, they sometimes have offers such as buy one get one free, we know manufacturers will pay a premium to have their products in the best positions in the stores. Recently I walked around a couple of supermarkets and noticed that all the sugary cereals were at a level a child could easily see them, and all the large packs of confectionery that children like were also in a prominent position to be spotted.

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Is it the individual and there food choices and we all know that children and adults like sweet tasting things, is it because some children and adults are not so active as they probably could be. People do play more on electronic toys these days these days and is that to blame.

This is a really tough one, because the supermarkets are our go too place for our food and they are their to give us what we want and will have the best sellers like cake and sugary foods and confectionery in prominent positions and they are there after all to make a profit.

Is it the shopper or the individual at fault because they buy these products for the family and for themselves, lets face it, our children like their favorite cereal, we like our favourite chocolate bars etc.

Low sugar foods

Many manufacturers do make low sugar versions of some of their products but what are they putting into the product in its place. Many people say they do not like the taste and have gone back to the sugary one.

A well known chocolate manufacturer has just withdrawn a low sugar chocolate bar because it wasn’t selling, and too be fair I tried it and didnt like it either and have tried various low sugar foods and to be fair it was hit and miss if I liked it or not.

Conclusion

Diabetes is definitely on the rise because statistics tell us, do we blame the food and confectionery industry because they are giving us what we want. Is it us and our food choices why we are getting obese and this is leading to an increase in diabetes, or are we not getting enough exercise as we probably did in the past.