As today – 14th November 2016 – is officially World Diabetes Day, I thought it would be suitable to write a post in support of this day and reveal all of the information and statistics surrounding Diabetes and Diabulimia.
So, what is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly
Types of Diabetes:
Diabetes develops because of different factors, but there are 2 main types:
Type 1: This type of Diabetes is characterised by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. The cause of type 1 is unknown and often referred to as ‘insulin-dependent’ or ‘childhood onset’.
Type 2: This type of Diabetes results in the body’s ineffective use of insulin and is the most common type. The cause of type 2 has been largely linked to excess body weight, physical inactivity and diet.
Statistics on Diabetes:
– Over 4 million people suffer with Diabetes in the UK (Diabetes UK)
-The number of people who suffer with Diabetes globally has quadrupled since 1960 to 422 million people(World Health Organisation)
– Diabetes leads to 24,000 early deaths each year (Diabetes UK)
– There are 1,400 cases of heart failure every week due to Diabetes (Diabetes UK)
– Diabetes leads to over 140 amputations a week (Diabetes UK)
– Every 2 minutes someone finds out they have Diabetes (Diabetes UK)