Diabetes has become one of the most preventable plagues in this world. Some cases are due to heredity and are unavoidable, but others occur due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Both of which are typically preventable. Since 2010, premature mortality rates due to diabetes have increased throughout the globe.
It should come as no surprise that the foods that cost less are overly-processed and filled with contaminants. Foods that are of higher quality are more expensive and, thus, less accessible to the entire population. For those families in a low-income area, it is more feasible to feed everyone from the dollar menu at a fast-food restaurant.
Another contributing factor to diabetes has become more exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Exercise is one of the primary components for prevention. However, people are fearful of working out in public places for fear of catching the coronavirus. The media has made light of the “Quarantine 15,” but it has added to the already existing obesity problem.
Increased Medical Care
Diabetes has a laundry list of long-term effects on the body which include:
- risk of stroke
- possible blindness, cataracts, and glaucoma
- pancreas malfunction
- nerve damage
- foot problems
- high blood pressure
Medical care is costly enough for a healthy individual without adding a chronic condition such as diabetes. If someone does not have access to medical insurance, their options become limited. Seeking assistance to educate oneself is imperative in controlling diabetes. Unfortunately, some people affected do not know what steps to take to receive the help they need.
Prevention and Maintenance Methods
Diet and exercise are the most effective at preventing diabetes. Specifically, consuming plant-based foods and sticking to healthy fats will help maintain blood sugar levels. If someone is at risk of developing diabetes, early intervention is vital.
If someone has been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, educating oneself is the most efficient way to function with this condition. Hospitals and medical professionals can recommend local classes to take to learn about diabetes, and living with it day to day. Joining a support group, virtual or in-person, makes controlling diabetes less stressful. Also, researching through the National Diabetes Education Program gives helpful tips and resources.
Once the world takes accountability for its health, there will be a fighting chance against diabetes.