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World Seen Facing Diabetes Catastrophe, Impact May Outpace AIDS

World Seen Facing Diabetes Catastrophe, Impact May Outpace AIDS

Wednesday, August 27th 2003

More than 300 million people worldwide are at risk of developing diabetes, and the disease's economic impact in some hard-hit countries could be higher than that of the AIDS pandemic, diabetes experts warned on Monday.

In a report released at the International Diabetes Federation conference in Paris, experts estimate the annual healthcare costs of diabetes worldwide for people aged 20 to 79 are already at least $153 billion.

According to the Diabetes Atlas report, total direct healthcare spending on the disease worldwide will be between $213 billion and $396 billion by 2025, if predictions are correct that the number of people with diabetes will rise to 333 million by 2025 from 194 million.

"In some countries with a higher incidence, diabetes has a higher economic impact than AIDS," Williams Rhys, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Wales, told a news conference.

More than 75 percent of diabetes cases are expected to be in developing countries by 2025 because of rapid cultural and social changes as well as increasing urbanization. This is expected to further burden healthcare systems already stretched by the AIDS pandemic.

"What AIDS was in the last 20 years of the 20th century, diabetes is going to be in the first 20 years of this century," said Paul Zimmet, foundation director of the International Diabetes Institute.

Zimmet and other experts say the diabetes epidemic will be fueled by an estimated 314 million people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) who are at high risk for developing type II diabetes.

They also warn that type II diabetes was increasing in children and adolescents in many countries and is linked to rising obesity. They urged food companies -- especially those that make fast foods -- to produce healthier foods, and governments to set up national campaigns to combat diabetes.

"We are running out of time," IDF President-elect Pierre Lefebvre warned during a news conference.

"If action is not taken now to stop the rise in diabetes, there is a significant risk that governments and social security systems may fail to ensure the appropriate care to the millions who will be affected by diabetes in 2025," he said.

Sourced from Emelia Sithole

Footnote from Ideal Health:

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Bitter Melon
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Chromium Sugar Balance
Clean Lean Protein
Chromium Picolinate 200mcg
Gymnema Sylvestra
High Dose Chromium
L-Arginine 500 mg
Prevent, Treat & Reverse Diabetes Book
Stevia Liquid
Stevia Sweet Recipes
Stevia Tablets

Related health information can be found here:

Acid and alkaline forming foods
Beware of Aspartame or NutraSweet - it's not as sweet as it sounds!
Carbohydrate and protein content of foods
Common foods that could be a problem
Diabetes and Insulin resistance
Foods to help detoxification
FOS to assist with candida, diarrhoea, constipation or other bowel problems
Looking for a sugar alternative? Try Stevia
Protein - a macronutrient so often overlooked

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World Seen Facing Diabetes Catastrophe, Impact May Outpace AIDS

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