Diabetes : A Global Problem

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The increase in number of people with diabetes
Diabetes has become a global problem in recent years. The International Diabetes foundation showed that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes during the last twenty years has risen from 30 million to over 246 million. (1). In the UK most health experts have realised the increasing number of people with diabetes. In the past decade those who had diabetes was 1.4 million in 1996 but in 2012 rose to 2.9 million. Diabetes is defined as the condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is due to the pancreas not producing insulin at all or enough of it, which is vital to the body because it helps glucose enter your body cells.(2). The chances of getting diabetes depend on a mix of your lifestyle, genes and environmental factors. (3) .Lifestyle is an important and influential factor in the causes of diabetes.
About 90-95% of the world population with diabetes has Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is linked with obesity. Between 1996 and 2005 over the 42,642 people who were diagnosed with diabetes 41,000 had type 2 which is linked to obesity (17). Westernization of developing countries means that maintaining a healthy diet as well as getting enough exercise has become difficult from increased hours and easily accessibly fast food shops and ready meals. Deprivation is thought to be linked to higher levels of obesity, physical inactivity, and poor blood pressure…
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