Thursday, April 15, 2010

Diabetes: A brewing 'economic tsunami"

The headline from Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, "Diabetes: A brewing economic tsunami" is a wake up call to people around the world. Diabetes is a pervasive and systemic problem that we can't afford to ignore any longer.

Although the article addresses Canadians in particular, it reflects what is happening worldwide. Just adjust the numbers for the population in your country.

I quote, "By 2020, there will be 3.7 million Canadians with diabetes, up from 2.5 million today, and from 1.3 million a decade ago, according to projections prepared by Robin Somerville of the Centre for Spatial Economics in Milton, Ontario."

In fact, the study states that more than 20 people will be diagnosed with diabetes every hour for the foreseeable future. Since diabetes can lead to many other serious health challenges, the economic impact on families and the community as a whole, is staggering.

Why is this happening? The study looks to Canada's changing ethnic makeup, the population is aging and due to poor health habits (obesity, poor diet and inactivity raise the risk).

The key is to prevent the disease of course, and to recognize the signs of diabetes early, so that you can change your lifestyle and reverse the situation.

In his book, "Reversing Diabetes", Dr. Ray Strand, MD, and author of six books on nutritional science and medicine, gives an easily understood explanation of what leads to diabetes and what we can do to protect ourselves from this very serious disease.

Another of his books, "Healthy for Life" is very comprehensive and worth the read (I have highlighted the book throughout and read through it every so often to be able to share the information better with others.)

Meanwhile, exercise regularly, even just with a daily 30 minute walk, eat low glycemic foods, take your Usana supplements, and do your research on diabetes.

Deanna Waters www.ddwaters.com

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