10 things you didn’t know about diabetes – but should!
November is diabetes awareness month and today (Saturday 14th) is actually World Diabetes day! So PixelHealth has teamed up with the health experts at Kinetik Wellbeing to showcase the 10 things you didn’t necessary know about this deadly disease, but really should.
- More than 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes, the number rising to 370 million adults worldwide
- The prevalence of diabetes is estimated to rise to 4 million by 2025
- Globally and locally, the poorest two-thirds are hardest hit, in relation to diabetes. For example in China today, one in two of the population is estimated to be diabetic or at risk
- You can prevent diabetes with regular health checks & monitoring
- An estimated £14 billion pounds is spent annually on treating diabetes and its complications, with the cost of treating complications representing the much higher cost
- The cost to the NHS equates to over £25,000 every minute
- 8 in 10 people with type 2 diabetes develop high blood pressure at some stage of their life
- If blood sugar is not controlled over time, high amounts of sugar in the blood will damage tiny blood vessels in the eyes, kidney, and nerves, particularly in the hands and feet, which can lead to blindness, kidney failure, loss of feeling in fingers and toes and sometimes amputation
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to have depression
- Type 2 Diabetes may be reversible through small changes in diet and exercise
By Ian Baker, Director at Kinetic Wellbeing