Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year (NOVO , SAN, LLY)

Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year (NOVO , SAN, LLY)

World Diabetes Day has been celebrated every year on November 15 since 2006. At present, 199 million women are living with diabetes and the number is expected to increase to 313 million by 2040.

The findings showed that emotional wellbeing stood out as a major factor for respondents, with three in five (64 per cent) saying they often or sometimes feel down due to their condition. "Family history is strong and obesity, metabolic syndrome and acanthosis nigricans (dark, velvety skin patches) are usually seen in young patients with type-2 diabetes", says Dr Tanvir Kaur, deputy director general, ICMR. Alarmingly, only 28.7% of Scots said they definitely felt in control of their diabetes. If shown to be successful, the intervention could be scaled up across the region, and has the potential to help prevent or delay the development of type-2 diabetes in more than a quarter of a million South Asian women with prior Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.

"Persons with uncontrolled diabetes will develop a wide range of complications linked with the disease, some of which could lead to lengthy hospital stays, blindness, foot amputation or death". This should include core training in mental health skills for all healthcare professionals working in diabetes, including Global Positioning System and specialists. A survey conducted by Astra Zeneca revealed that working women are more vulnerable to diabetes and hypertension than their male counterparts.

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The key message is that all women with diabetes require affordable and equitable access to care and education to better manage the illness and improve their health outcomes. "The risk of complications for younger persons with type-2 diabetes is twofold to threefold higher than type-1 diabetes", says Dr Nikhil Tandon, professor and head of endocrinology and metabolism, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which is partnering in the registry.

Most children with diabetes have Type 1 Diabetes due to deficiency of insulin. "I was having seizures from low blood sugar when I was routinely eating insufficient carbohydrate to lose weight".

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin and there is no cure to the condition, reported the Times of India. She gets lots of support talking to others who live with diabetes and struggle with their food.

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