The Prevalence of Diabetes and Actions We Can Take to Prevent This Disease

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It has been said that approximately 21 million people in the United States, or 7% of the population, have been diagnosed with diabetes and about 6 million more who have this disease are unaware of it. That sounds like a lot, and in fact the worldwide number of people diagnosed with diabetes is climbing over 170 million. Where did this disease come from, and how many more people will it affect? ¶

Diabetes didn’t just appear one day. It evolved as most diseases do. Our ancient ancestors did not have the same lifestyle that we do today. Take for instance, during the ice age, they were meat eaters. There was very little plant life around so they had to hunt and fish for survival. Because of this their diet was primarily made up of
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According to researchers at the web site, diabetes has been around for a very long time but it wasn’t until around 1552 B.C. that we became aware of it. During this time, many Greek and French physicians studied it and reported on its nature, and the bodily organs that are responsible for it. In the 1870’s a French doctor uncovered a link between diabetes and the foods we ate. Therefore, changing our individual diet could be a treatment for control. Between 1900 and 1915 a diet for those with diabetes was designed to include; milk, oats, and other foods containing fiber. Another step along the path of researching this disease came when three men, Dr. Banting, Dr. Collip, and Prof. Macleod, discovered insulin and its nature and function. They were awarded the Nobel Prize for their research which took place between 1920 and 1923. In the years following many more things were discovered about this disease, for example the effects on kidneys and the skin (Diabetes information hub, history and statistics, par. 1-2). ¶

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that, “By 2025 a total 300 million of the worldwide population will be affected by diabetes” (qtd. in Diabetes information hub, history and statistics, par. 4). ¶

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a condition where there is an abnormal low level of
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