If mass stays constant, and people are gaining weight in the UK and US, where are they losing it? It doesn’t seem that human mass stays constant with the rise in obesity worldwide (not to mention the population boom). This obesity has led to an increase in the incidence of diabetes. And diabetes will lead to further health problems.
Though many can treat and control their diabetes with a strict regimen of diet and exercise to lose weight, this does not work for all. Those who go on to full-blown diabetes will find that with time, the condition gets harder to treat. Even as they use diet to modify their disease state, it creates other problems. Complications will develop whether the diabetes is controlled or not.
This, however, should not give diabetics the sense that it is completely out of their control; therefore, they should not be duly concerned about their blood sugars. In fact, they need to be extra careful. That is because good control of diabetes will slow the progression to complications, even if it can’t prevent it. No one wants to have a heart attack or stroke at a young age. It may be normal to think of elderly people suffering those, but uncontrolled diabetics will be prone to them at a young age. Kidney dialysis is another end-point that is rather unpleasant. Once on dialysis, especially hemodialysis, your lifespan will be shortened.
It is a gloomy thought and once given a diagnosis of diabetes, it may be very unnerving. I know, because my mother was a diabetic and I’m constantly worried about if and when I will get it. Diabetes, especially the Type II, does run in families. The best way to prevent it, though, is good diet and exercise. It seems the world has not been listening as it turns to junk food and TV/computer, while it puts on more weight. Now, you have a tremendous increase in diabetes, which will cost billions in medical care in the future.
While treating diabetics is important, emphasis needs to be placed on educating young children on healthy eating and exercise. Genetics has played its part, the environment now needs to take a role.