Understanding where the problem is at its worst, where the greatest concentrations of diabetics are, and raising awareness are the keys to prevention and the aversion of a future healthcare crisis.
The diabetes epidemic is largely focused around massively increased rates of obesity.
Either of these conditions, if not swiftly acted against, can lead to the development of full-blown type 2 diabetes.
The diabetes epidemic occurs at different rates throughout the world, with the condition changing in some countries from a minor to a serious problem in a matter of years.
Some ethnic groups are particularly prone to developing type 2 diabetes, yet it has become apparent that diabetes can strike anywhere.
The following selection of news articles indicates that diabetes is a truly global phenomenon, with no country seemingly safe:
- UK diabetics manage their condition better
- Aboriginals affected by diabetes
- Diabetes on the rise amongst American Indians
- Diabetic population of Vietnam hits 2 million
- Diabetes and bitter melon in the Philippines
- New Zealand diabetes enrolment doubles
- Diabetes rife in Kuwait
- New Zealand given further diabetes and obesity caution
- Bahrain experience rise in diabetes rate
- Italy faces diabetes rise