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While thinking about what to write about for this week's blog, I came across an article in a local newspaper stating that there are currently 366 million people with diabetes worldwide. I'm familiar with the data from the American Diabetes Association indicating that there are 18.8 million people in the United States who have diabetes. But the 366 million worldwide number blew me away.
After a little research, I discovered that the diabetes worldwide data came from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) — an umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. The IDF's mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.
In December 2006, the United Nations passed a resolution with the IDF to actively involve its members in diabetes care and prevention activities. The aims of the IDF are to influence policy, increase public awareness, improve health care and encourage the exchange of high-quality information on diabetes. The IDF is also associated with the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization.
The fifth edition of the IDF's Diabetes Atlas contains an interactive world map showing data per country. The countries with the largest number of those with diabetes are the United States, India, Brazil and China.
Diabetes affects all countries, and it's predicted that the currently 366 million who have diabetes worldwide will grow to 552 million by 2030.
It's easy to become complacent in our own little world and our busy lives, but we need to start thinking more globally. It's essential we improve at preventing and managing this disease that affects so many.
For more information on the IDF and its efforts to address diabetes worldwide, follow this link: www.idf.org
"The future depends on what we do in the present." - Ghandi
Have a good week.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I take only 10 to 15 carbs a day and I eat GREAT. Never ever go hungry and eat a huge variety of great foods.
My A1-C is down from a deadly 15.9 to 5.9.
My doctor and my diabetic educators and my nurse practitioner are all amazing helpful people who are so motivated and full of great ideas. They are always there for me.
I am one grateful & happier/healthier cat, than I was one year ago.
It can be done. If I can get this thing under control, anybody can, believe me.
And I know what I'm talking about because I am the former reigning Queen of Chips and Chocolate!
Never give up! Call your diabetic educator for help right now.
30 carbs a day! What do you eat, grass?
Has to be more than individual's eating habits, more than just grains, too, because grains have been in human diet forever. Must be a virus or something in the water supply or genetically altered foods or something quite universal but recent.
It can't all be too many carbs and too little exercise. It has to be a virus or something in the environment: plastic bottles? Drugs in the water supply? It has to be more than individual eating habits!
Who is Susie......and what does she really want? What a negative disgruntled person.
Wonder if she has diabetes? What a shriveled heart she must have. Hmmm....is that a side effect of diabetes?
Be positive! Appreciate what you have! If you can't find anything positive to say, zip it!
Why not spread a little sunshine, instead of your vinegar?
Life is short......we're here on earth to help each other....not nit-pick all day long.
Do or say something to inspire other people who are struggling with an awful disease!
This blog site is helpful and informative and I, for one, appreciate it very much.
...and the point of your blog? United Nations involved since 2006 and I am just hearing of this now? Typical poor action ---close United Nations. Complacent "in our little world"----REALLY. Thinking globally---here comes your typical political slant.
Interesting that all of these countries have rice, bread, corn, and/or potatoes as their staple foods. Of course, they are cheap. But at what price? Too much carb is what brings on the whole metabolic syndrome, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes.
A friend and I both have diabetes (on large quantities of insulin); starting eating less than 20 carbs a day and in less than a month have all but stopped the insulin. A1c, cholesterol, and blood pressure are improving considerably.
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