International health emergency
It’s no exaggeration to say that diabetes is an international health emergency. It is estimated that 422 million people are living with diabetes all over the world. Type 1 diabetes, caused by an immune system attack on the pancreas, usually strikes younger people and follows them through their lives. Type 2 is more common and is caused by resistance to the hormone insulin, which tells the body to absorb blood sugar.
Worldwide, some 350 million people exhibit signs of prediabetes, which means they have a one-in-ten chance of developing type 2 diabetes if not treated.
But here’s the good news: over just the past few years, a remarkable number of diabete treatments, from medications to surgical solutions to high-tech devices, have shown promise. It’s too soon to declare victory, but these smart lifestyle tips and medical breakthroughs have given people with diabetes winning strategies for today and considerable hope for the future. Separating diabetes myths from truths.
For Prediabetes and prevention
For those considered to be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, large-scale randomised control trials have shown that in up to 58 per cent of cases, the condition can be delayed or even prevented through lifestyle changes. Check out these 21 hints and tips for eating well with diabetes.
Losing 5-10 per cent of total body weight helps
Losing weight: a weight loss of as little as 5-10 per cent of your total body weight can prevent type 2 diabetes in up to nearly 60 per cent of people. Here are the 15 best superfoods to eat if you have diabetes.