Some health professionals at the front lines of the war on diabetes are pulling no punches in their assessment of the need for strong action by individuals to take care of their health.
In advance of the meeting of the American Diabetes Association this month, the Lancet journal ran an editorial highlighting the fact that while much progress has been made in the area of medicines that treat diabetes, far less has been made when it comes to lifestyle changes.
Type 2 diabetes is generally a preventable disease as long as a proper diet and exercise routine are followed. Those who do get diabetes are likely to suffer from a range of other health problems in their lifetime, and can also expect to pay more for life insurance premiums and medical costs.
“Because type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90% of diabetes, is largely rooted in reversible social and lifestyle factors, a medical approach alone is unlikely to be the solution,” stated the Lancet editorial, which also noted that since 2000, the number of diabetics in the world has more than doubled to 285 million.
The group also cited the increasing rates of childhood obesity that are setting the stage for diabetes to remain one of the world’s leading killers for decades to come.