Did you know that diabetes affects one out of every 20 people on Earth? That equates to almost 347 million people, which is greater than the population of every country in the world except China and India. Also, research suggests that the number of deaths resulting from diabetes will more than double within the next 10 years…and 25% of diabetes sufferers do not even realize they have the condition.
Those statistics lay bare the epidemic that diabetes has become. Furthermore, more than 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2, which unlike Type 1 can be prevented through lifestyle changes and an improved diet. The warning signs of diabetes are numerous: extreme thirst and hunger, extreme fatigue and blurred vision, to name but a few.
Worryingly, a large number of unfounded myths about diabetes abound. If you’ve ever heard someone saying that you might ‘only’ have ‘a small bit’ of the condition, or that you’ll know by your symptoms if you have diabetes, don’t believe them. Type 2 in particular can go unnoticed for a long time because the onset of symptoms is generally quite gradual, while the notion of ‘minor’ diabetes is a false one. Anybody who has the condition is at risk of contracting serious medical complications.
This infographic from Irish clinic Union Quay Medical Centre gives a well-informed overview of the key points relating to diabetes. We strongly advise you to take a few minutes to read it and see if you can pick up any valuable tips on how to tackle Type 2 diabetes.