The BBC has today reported that “the world is facing an ‘unrelenting march’ of diabetes which now affects nearly one in 11 adults” according to a new report from the World Health Organization.
In an unrelentingly cheerful article, the BBC gleefully point out that cases of diabetes (lumping type one and type two together) have nearly quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980, leading to a tripling of the risk of a heart attack and leaving people 20 times more likely to have a leg amputated, as well as increasing the risk of stroke, kidney failure, blindness and complications in pregnancy. Whoo hoo!
The laugh-a-minute report says that diabetes itself is the eighth biggest killer in the world, accounting for 1.5 million deaths each year and that a further 2.2 million deaths are linked to high blood sugar levels. And that 43% of the deaths were before the age of 70.
So there we have it. What are your views on the report? Are you glad to welcome more people to the cool-as-hell diabetic club? Or are you a hipster diabetic, who got it waaaay before it was cool and resent all these new, Johnny-come-lately pretenders joining in the fun?