Global Diabetes Epidemic Has Puts Almost Millions At Risk

Unless radical activity is required to offer even more efficient diabetic issues therapy, both people and also economic situations around the world are encountering an impending impairment dilemma.

Diabetes is now a global epidemic and one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century.

Massive economic burden

Worldwide, it is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and stroke), blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.

Between 60 to 80% of patients suffering from diabetes die before the age of 60 in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the 2015 International Diabetes Federation Atlas.

Diabetes accounts for almost one out of every three deaths among the economically active age group of 30 to 40 years. As a result, the economic burden of diabetes in terms of healthcare costs and loss of productivity is massive.

1 in every 11 adults worldwide and up to 2.28 million adults in South Africa have diabetes, according to statistics from the International Diabetes Federation.

These figures are expected to rise dramatically in the future as a result of increases in economic development, urbanisation and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Over the next 20 years, the current population of some 14.2 million people with diabetes in Africa will increase to over 34 million.

Many living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes

The most common type of diabetes is type 2, which accounts for 9 out of 10 cases.

Primarily caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and excess body weight, type 2 diabetes can progress undiagnosed for years. As many as 50% of all people with type 2 diabetes are unaware that they have it.

In type 2 diabetes, careful control of blood sugar (glucose) can help to reduce the risk of serious complications. When this control is achieved early on, the benefits remain for many years.

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, although dietary and lifestyle changes may initially be effective in controlling blood glucose, ultimately most people will require escalating doses of medication and many will require insulin.

Insulin is the most effective treatment to control blood glucose. With appropriate doses it is possible to achieve target blood glucose control depending on what is required for an individual patient.

Doctors overly cautious

However, in practice, achieving and sustaining these targets is very difficult. People with diabetes do not always adhere to their treatment regimen. Doctors may also be overly cautious which means that treatment is not always intensified when it needs to be.

Close to 40% of people with diabetes report that daily medication interferes with their ability to live a normal life.

This is why Novo Nordisk focuses research on individual solutions and personal needs in order to improve diabetes control and make treatments more efficacious, acceptable and convenient.

As part of this commitment to seeking solutions and ongoing education, Novo Nordisk South Africa held the first New Generation Insulin Summit in Cape Town on 14 May 2016.

Leading local and international diabetes experts shared advancements in the understanding of diabetes and its management with over 200 healthcare providers from around the country who were eager to learn how they could improve the lives of their patients.

The New Generation Insulin Summit forms part of Novo Nordisk’s annual education program for healthcare professionals, in addition to their Incretin and Diabetes Summits.

Globally, only a minority of people who receive diabetes care end up achieving desired health outcomes. This means that millions of people worldwide do not reach their goal of living a life free of diabetes-related complications.

Novo Nordisk is committed to reducing this number by providing ongoing education, patient-friendly treatment solutions and supporting and encouraging patients in effective self-management.


Written by PH

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