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WHO pushes to tackle rampant rise of diabetes

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Tedros said: "It is a failure of society and the global community that people who need insulin should encounter financial hardship to buy it or go without it and risk their life."

I say it is a failure of society and the global community that this very preventable disease (especialy D2) remains so rampant. This article talks about treatment, but not prevention. They should focus more on education, but that would cut into pharma's profits.

Is the WHO just a big pharma sales rep?

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his article talks about treatment, but not prevention. They should focus more on education, but that would cut into pharma's profits.

Doing one thing do not mean they are not also doing other things, as you would know if you had carefully read the article. Both problems require attention so it is not justified to think only one should be done, specially when the solution being presented actually means less profits for pharmaceutical companies.

*The WHO marked the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of insulin this week by launching a new Global Diabetes Compact aimed at boosting efforts to prevent diabetes and giving access to treatment to everyone who needs it.*

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Isn't the rise in diabetes related to the rise in excessive chubbiness? Obesity is a huge problem in most western countries. I would welcome a "fat tax" to encourage the over eaters to cut down.

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Stay on a human propper diet and get of the american SAD or DASH diet which is what is causing diabetes and go ketogenic if you want to save your liver and not get heart disease i would say.

Keto is the best diet lost so much fat and i can see my sitrations in my muscles. But keto is not for everyone as many are addicted to carbs/sugar.

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@Oxycodin

Yes!!! You beat me to it; I agree 100%.

I've been feeling much better over the past few years following a largely keto diet. It's great even for those who do not need to lose weight; my weight actually increased a bit, but not from fat...

Anyway, I have often used this situation as an example of awful results of following "official/professional associations" and "scientific consensus"....

High carbs, and especially the processed/refined carbs are largely responsible for this rampant diabetes (and many of the Covid19 deaths).

But keto is not for everyone as many are addicted to carbs/sugar.

That addiction does go away soon after you cut them out...

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Wow, I had a look at the WHO Global Diabetes Compact pamphlet. It has a lot on distributing treatment to those who need it, and early diagnosis so that even more can get the treatments. regrading prevention, they just have one sentence:

"On the prevention side, particular focus will be given to reducing obesity, especially among young people."

Seeing how for decades "official/professional associations" and "scientific consensus" focused on reducing fat intake (rather than carb/sugar intake) I am not expecting much from this WHO initiative.

I am not saying they should not treat diabetic people, but their focus is all wrong.

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I would like to see diabetes 2 be named something different as it is a totally life style issue.

My spouse is diabetic 1 and very careful but crashed last night and had to get sugar in her. You do not want to see a diabetic crash. It is scary. It can occur if carbs don't convert into sugar fast enough and quite hard to predict. At least I did not have to get an ambulance.

Insulin is not a one kind of medicine. There are many kinds. Short, mixed and long term and variations on those. You have to live with a diabetic to understand it.

Type 2 is life style in general and usually very fat, obese, lacking exercise and just mass consuming junk. Label it as Obesity Sugar issues or something else. They are not in the same category as Diabetic 1 people.

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My dad has type 2 diabetes and he was never encouraged to change his lifestyle, just given Metformin and a blood sugar measurer. However, type 2 is pretty much completely preventable and sometimes even reversible: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/type-2-reverse

Too many people look to science like a religion for absolution and do absolutely nothing to help themselves

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Wobot..... eating well and exercise IS science!

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Two factors contributing to the rise in diabetes incidence are the aging population, and the survival for longer periods of already afflicted individuals due to better treatments. People who previously would have died are now living, and being counted toward the total number with diabetes. Of course, these two factors alone do not account for all the reasons for the rise in numbers of diabetics.

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There seems to be some confusion in the comments here.

Type 1 Diabetes (or juvenile diabetes) is a serious life threading chronic auto immune disease. It is something you are born with and has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle choices.

Type 2 is the one you get from eating too much fried chicken.

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I would like to see diabetes 2 be named something different as it is a totally life style issue.

I disagree. Diabetes is a disease that is a result of the body's inability to create or process insulin which then causes a person's blood sugar to become too high, so the label can be applied to both forms appropriately.

Generally speaking, a Type 1 diabetic is unable to make enough insulin, which is why many have to inject insulin daily. A Type 2 diabetic makes too much insulin which then causes the body not to process the sugars in the blood, and it remains there which then results in a tremendous amount of damage to the cells and organs. In both cases, the body simply cannot adequately manage insulin production.

I agree that in most cases, Type 2 diabetes is the result of poor diet and lifestyle choices. However, problems with the pancreas can also cause diabetes to occur. There are certain genetic markers which have been shown to cause some people to develop both forms of diabetes such as defects in the following genes:

ABCC8, which helps regulate insulin

GLUT2, which helps move glucose into the pancreas

GCGR, a glucagon hormone involved in glucose regulation

TCF7L2, which affects insulin secretion and glucose production

Now, I am not making any excuses here, but I am trying to point out that for some people, getting diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is not as simple as a "lifestyle issue," and since the very definition of diabetes is an inability to manage blood sugar, the term fits (which is why many wear bracelets in case of an emergency--doctors don't care why a person is diabetic--they just need to know that someone is).

For the record, I have Type 2 diabetes. I have been able to successfully manage mine by following a strict ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting, getting plenty of rest and exercise, and monitoring my blood sugar on a daily basis.

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For the record, I have Type 2 diabetes. I have been able to successfully manage mine by following a strict ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting, getting plenty of rest and exercise, and monitoring my blood sugar on a daily basis.

I think that following a strict ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting is excellent, but I was wondering whether that is something you found on your own (online, books...) or was it recommended by your doctor?

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