Here in the developed world of Western Europe, we tend to follow trends set in the US. Not by design necessarily, but what’s happening over there tends to end up happening here some time later in the worlds of fashion, science and culture.
Somewhat worryingly, we also tend to follow their trends in terms of population health. The obesity epidemic can’t be blamed on the US, but culturally it certainly seems to have started there. Over time it’s become widely accepted that obesity is directly connected to Type 2 Diabetes, which seems to be inexorably on the rise all over the developed world.
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Based on the most recent figures released in September 2015, if we’re following our American counterparts then we’re actually going to see the problem of Diabetes plateau, but at a startlingly high prevalence among the population.
A startling figure
An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that half of all Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes. That figure is startling, but perhaps even more surprising is that experts in the field are actually considering this as good news.
The figures seem to show that the percentage of people diagnosed with Diabetes remained the same from 2008-2012, suggesting that two decades of increase for the entirely avoidable disease have finally stopped.
A glimmer of hope
William Herman and Amy Rothberg who published the article alongside the study said the results offered “a glimmer of hope” but warned that “progress has been made, but expanded and sustained efforts will be required.”
With the amount of money being spent on our country’s National Health Service as a direct cause of Type 2 Diabetes we can only hope our government maintains serious efforts to curb the increase in this illness. The subject will no doubt remain as a hot topic for press and government alike, not to mention the public consciousness. Let’s hope we’re entering an era where a corner has been turned and obesity related illnesses can decline and gradually become a thing of the past.
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