The Lancet medical journal article comes as a shock, with studies showing that the number of diabetics worldwide is over 50 million, with more than half living without even knowing they have diabetes.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have published a research paper on the global status of diabetics in the Lancet Medical Journal. About 50 crore people in the world have diabetes. More than half of these people are unaware that they have diabetes. The number of people with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980. Eighty percent of them live in low- and middle-income countries.
About 90% of diabetics have type 2 diabetes. It has been reported that this is due to the wrong actions taken in their lifestyle.
Diabetes was once seen as a disease that could afflict the rich. But now it is possible to find diabetes even among teenagers. Doctors say that diabetes comes at a young age due to not sleeping on time, eating unhealthy junk food, lack of physical activity and sitting in a chair for a long time.
The University of Michigan surveys 68,000 people in low- and middle-income countries. They range in age from 25 to 64. More than half of them, or 37,000, were diagnosed with diabetes. More than half of them said they had never been tested for diabetes.
Only one in 10 people with diabetes get the right treatment. The other nine were less likely to receive treatment, the study said.
Alas we do not have to fear that we will have diabetes. If you have pre-diabetes you are more likely to return to normal life. If you have diabetes, you should try to control it before the organs like heart and kidneys are affected. A simple blood test is enough for this. People over the age of 30 should do this test at least once every six months and try to live without diabetes!