The figures are alarming. If diabetes is not addressed with urgency, many Filipinos will continue suffer incessantly.
In the Western Pacific (WP) region, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is composed of 21 countries, one of which is the Philippines.
According to IDF, there are 415 million people in the world who have DIABETES.
153 million belongs to the western pacific region – by 2040, this will rise to 215 million.
In 2015, there were 3.5 million cases of diabetes in the Philippines.
To give you an overview how bad the Philippines is getting hammered by diabetes, check the table below.
In 2015 alone, there were more than 50 thousand Pinoy deaths, all related to diabetes!
The figure below simply reveals that in the Philippines, more people under the age of 60 have diabetes (red line).
Here is another table from the World Health Organization and its diabetes forecast:
Source: W.H.O. Diabetes Facts
If we base the percentage rise from IDF’s 2015 data (3.5M adults with diabetes), and if WHO’s projection is accurate (7.8M diabetics by 2030), that is a whopping 123% INCREASE FOR THE NEXT 14 YEARS if we do not do something about it NOW!
Year in and year out, MILLIONS are suffering and dying.
Pinoys diagnosed with diabetes are getting younger. In one article that I have read, it says that children as young as five years old have been diagnosed with TYPE 2 DIABETES!
It would not be surprising that if this trend continues, Philippines will belong to the top 10 countries with the most people with diabetes in the next few years to come.
Heart Disease and Diabetes are highly interconnected.
DIABETES is now becoming the most common cause of STROKE, BLINDNESS, AMPUTATION, KIDNEY FAILURE, and HEART ATTACK.
Although genetics has a significant role in the development of full blown diabetes, LIFESTYLE is still the key-determining factor.
Diabetes is avoidable, reversible, and that medication is NOT THE ONLY SOLUTION.
Maybe it’s just about time to check what’s inside our fridge and what sort of foods are stored in our pantry.
Maybe it’s time to look back and check what our ancestors ate during their time – the age when diabetes was not yet prevalent and when more Pinoys used to be diabetes-free and healthy.
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.
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