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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Want to Live Longer and Healthier?

Post by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala, MD, F.A.C.E. (USA),
Consultant Endocrinologist & Head, Dept. of Endocrinology & Diabetes.

Sure you want to live longer and healthier, which is why you are on this page. The answer for the question asked is to prevent and control diabetes. People with diabetes live shorter lives and suffer more with disabilities than those without the dreaded condition. A recently published study found that Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes will shorten the lives of 50-year-olds by more than three years. Another startling revelation was that only about half their remaining years will be free of disability.

Explosion Of Diabetes In The Last Quarter-Century

Diabetes used to be a problem of the prosperous nations, but has now started to affect the low and middle-income countries in large numbers. Currently, an estimated 42 crore people have the worrisome disease i.e. 1 in 12 adults in the world suffer from diabetes.

Besides curtailing life spans, the disease is a substantial burden on the economy. The money spent is over Rs. 80,000 crore per year. WHO is now urging governments to make laws and regulations that encourage people to make prudent lifestyle choices, such as levying higher taxes on sugary drinks and putting a clear label of the fat contents of foods.

Global Number Of Obese People Crosses 64 Crore

The past 4 decades have seen a drastic increase in the number of obese people worldwide, a rise to 64 crore from 10.5 crore in 1975. This is predominantly ascribed to easier access to cheap food as incomes have grown. Governments need to prepare for the astronomical surge in medical costs accompanying unhealthy weight and focus on prevention.

Astonishingly, the number of obese people now exceeds those who are underweight.

An expert commented that this staggering epidemic of severe obesity is too extensive to be dealt with by medications such as drugs to lower blood pressure or diabetes treatments alone, or with a few extra bike lanes.

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