Global Diabetes Cases Increasing

A new study has shed even more light on a dangerous statistic: the number of cases of newly-diagnosed diabetes is increasing dramatically all over the world.

Further proof has been provided by scientists at Imperial College in London. They showed that not only have cases increased, but they have seen an especially sharp increase just within the last ten years.

One of the areas of significance is the United States. Numbers show that currently one in every ten adults in the nation are suffering from the metabolic condition. This places the United States second only to Spain for the largest increase in cases involving men, and in second place for new cases of women. What is the most alarming is that all of this development has taken place within the last 3 decades.

Lead researcher on the study, Majid Ezzali, voiced concern over the statistics.

This is likely to be one of the defining features of global health in the coming decade,” said Ezzati.

The report also suggests that as many as 80 million adults in the U.S. qualify as being pre-diabetic. This is a condition where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but still low enough that they have not developed full-blown diabetes.

Another startling statistic is that when you consider adults in the U.S. who are over the age of 20, over one-third of them qualify as being pre-diabetic.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released news that diabetes now ranks as the seventh leading cause of death of people in the United States. That number means that $174 billion per year are spent on this disease- just in this country alone.

If these increases continue at their present rate, experts claim that the number of American adults with diabetes will increase to 1 in every 3 within the next forty years.

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