Diabetes Mellitus : A World Health Organization

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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus is an ever growing disease that is impacting approximately 29 million Americans and approximately 371 million people around the world. Approximately one-third of the people estimated to have some form of diabetes have not yet been diagnosed. This is leading to complications and even death due to lack of treatment. Diabetes is a world health issue and is quickly moving up the scale with regards to cause of death. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes it will become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030 and estimate that total deaths will rise more than 50% over the next 10 years(371 million people have diabetes globally). This disease is quietly becoming the leading killer of, not only Americans, but the entire world and needs to be addressed aggressively before it gets out of hand and the costs become too great. In order to understand the impact of this disease we need to understand what diabetes is. It is very important to know what the different types are, who is affected, what the complications are, how to treat it, and even what is being done to find a cure. Diabetes mellitus is a complex group of diseases that can be caused by a number of reasons. The name “diabetes mellitus” translates to “sweet urine” because in ancient times the method of diagnosis was for the physician to drink the patient’s urine. The sweeter the urine translated to a higher glucose level. Normally when you eat food the stomach

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