Global Diabetes Rates Rise: It’s Complications Eminent
The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global diabetes cost to $850 billion a year, medical experts said on Tuesday.
The vast majority of those affected have type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and lack of exercise, and the epidemic is spreading particularly fast in poorer countries as people adopt Western diets and urban lifestyles.
As emerging regions of the world continue to embrace Western eating habits, this apocalyptic trend is sure to add unwelcomed stress to already burdened healthcare systems.
As many as 1 in 11 adults worldwide have diabetes
The latest estimates from the International Diabetes Federation mean that one in 11 adults worldwide have the condition, which occurs when the amount of sugar in the blood is too high.
The total number of diabetics is now 451 million and is expected to reach 693 million by 2045 if current trends continue.
The high price of dealing with the disease reflects not only the cost of medicines but also the management of a range of complications, such as limb amputations and eye problems.
According to Dr. Bill Releford, Podiatric Surgeon and Amputation Prevention Specialist based in Los Angeles, “During my visits to West Africa, I was amazed at the number of people with foot complications related to diabetes.” Dr. Releford is on a personal and professional mission to help reduce the amputation rate both domestically as well as internationally.
As Medical Director of the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Releford uses the most advanced technologies, including regenerative medicine, to save a limb at risk of amputation. Dr. Releford has conducted amputation prevention outreach programs in countries such as Ghana, Uganda, Fiji as well as Haiti.