Diabetes---A Worldwide Epidemic
The New York Times says that data from the International
Diabetes Federation indicates that in the last 20 years, the number of people worldwide diagnosed with diabetes has increased
from 30 million to 230 million. Of the ten countries with the highest number of people with the disease, seven are in
the developing world. "Diabetes is one of the biggest health catastrophes the world has ever seen," said Dr. Martin
Silink, the federation's president. "In some of the world's poorest nations, the disease is a quick death sentence,"
says the report.
Most People With Diabetes Are Not Exercising
It is well known that excercise is one of the best things those with diabetes can do to control
their disease. Most people though, are either not getting the message, or they're ignoring it completely.
One survey shows that only 39% of adults that have the disease do any type of regular excercise,
even though exercise is known to be very important in preventing diabetes.
In one study it was determined that diet and regular excercise were more effective that one of
the most widely prescribed durgs used for preventing type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association recommends 30 minutes a day of aerobic excercise, 5 times a
So come on...............even if we don't have diabetes, even if we're not considered at high
risk for the disease, let's GET moving before it GETS us.