10 Surprising Facts About Diabetes
By Gina Tucker, Aug 21, 2012
But there are many little-known facts about the disease that may surprise you!
Here are some of the strangest truths about the worldwide diabetes epidemic.
- Almost 6 percent of the world’s population is affected by diabetes!
- People with Asian heritage have five times the rate of diabetes that Caucasians have. The country with the most diabetics in the world is India, with 40 million. This number is expected to grow to 70 million by the year 2025! Indians are prone to diabetes due to central weight distribution in the body and insulin resistance.
- Most children who get diabetes are not overweight. This is because most kids with diabetes have Type 1, an autoimmune disease that they are born with.
- Every year it is estimated that 3.2 million people die of diabetes or its related causes.
- Diabetes is known as a “silent epidemic” because there are few outward symptoms of the disease. One of the primary symptoms of diabetes is a constant thirst. Also, frequent urination, dizziness, and shaky limbs are common symptoms of diabetes.
- Diabetes is the primary cause of kidney failure worldwide. It is also one of the leading causes of blindness and limb amputations in adults.
- The United States has spent about $200-400 billion dollars to treat diabetes. Surprisingly, the disease is growing fastest in developing countries, in lower income groups.
- Extreme cleanliness has been linked to childhood diabetes. With little to no contact with germs, kinds may not be developing healthy immune systems.
- Skipping breakfast puts you at risk. While it’s important to limit calorie intake, people that skip breakfast have a larger waist circumference and higher cholesterol than people that regularly eat breakfast.
- There is a sleep connection. People who sleep less than six hours a night are three times more likely to develop glycemia, which is a precursor to diabetes. In addition, too much sleep can be risky. Those who sleep more than 8 hours a night may be twice as likely to develop diabetes as others. It seems like the best bet is to go for 7 or 8 hours a night!