Diabetes has become a fast growing problem around the world. Although many don’t realise it, the implications on the cost to society and quality of life are dire and far reaching.
Diabetes is regarded as one of the silent killers alongside heart disease, stress and cancer. And we will be exploring diabetes as our theme for the month of May in this health column.
In 2013 2.6% of the South African population was found to be living with diabetes among the 20-79 year age groups. In Zimbabwe 9.73 % were also discovered within the same age bracket. Furthermore, statistics released by the International Diabetes Federation (2013) showed that over 347 million people world wide have diabetes (both type 1 and 2).
Results from other researches conducted around the world showed that the number of people living with diabetes will increase 55 % from 382 million to 592 million around the world, with Africa topping the rates at an alarming 110% by the year 2035.
It was also found that low and middle income countries and the majority of people under the age of 60 will be among those mostly affected by diabetes (WHO). And diabetes will become the seventh leading cause of death in the world by 2030.
Bertha Mukodzani is a registered Nurse Theatre Recovery Nurse, author of the book A Life Steered, blogger and writer of many articles for various publications. Click here for reviews and to purchase the book. For more about the author click here