Diabetes Rates by Country

by admin on March 21, 2019

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing non communicable diseases in the world. The rate of each country varies wildly, so obviously it is of high interest to know diabetes rates by country using the latest available data. The finding has a lot of surprises.

From the latest available figure, which is from 2010, it was estimated about 285 million people suffer from type 2 diabetes. Both developed and developing nations have a high rate of diabetes, but it is quite rare in poor or underdeveloped countries. From this basic and simple fact we can see that lifestyle is the reason for this increase. For instance, developed and developing countries have generally more sedentary lifestyle due to technology, yet at the same time they have access to more unhealthy food. People from underdeveloped countries on the other hand, do not have excess food intake, hence the obesity is low, and yet they do not have technology to rely on so physical activities remain high.

Diabetes Rates by Country

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As mentioned earlier, it was estimated that there are 285 million people with diabetes. Of those about 90% of diabetes cases is type 2 diabetes. In comparison to the world’s population, this is more than 5% of the world’s adult population, so this is a high, and sadly increasing numbers. Although diabetes is common both in developed and developing countries, it remains uncommon, however, in the underdeveloped world where the populations have different lifestyle. It has been postulated and probably quite accurately that people in underdeveloped countries are more active and at the same time do not over eat; two of the main known causes of diabetes. That is why it comes to no one’s surprise that the top of the lists are countries that have adopted a more modern life style and food, including fast food.

In terms of gender, women seem to be at a greater risk in getting diabetes, compared to men. Scientists have not come to any definite conclusion based on their studies to answer this basic fact. As for ethnicity, certain ethnic groups have higher rate of diabetes compared to others, for instance South Asians, Pacific Islanders, Latinos, and Native Americans. As mentioned earlier, this may be caused by the adoption of a Western lifestyle in certain ethnic groups, including the spread of fast food in those countries which happened only in recent years.

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Compared to previous years, what is the situation today? Based on the data from various reputable organizations such as WHO, CDC, we know that the cases of diabetes in 1985 were estimated at 30 million, increasing to 135 million in 1995 and 217 million in 2005. This increase is caused by a decrease in exercise and the adoption of a more sedentary lifestyle, and increasing rates of obesity with the spread of western style food including fast food.

Below is the list of diabetes rates by country as of 2010.

Country Diabetes Rate
 Nauru  30.9%
 UAE  18.7%
 Saudi Arabia  16.8%
 Mauritius  16.2%
 Bahrain  15.4%
 Reunion  15.3%
 Kuwait  14.6%
 Oman  13.4%
 Tonga  13.4%
 Malaysia  11.6%


Children’s Diabetes Symptoms

by admin on March 20, 2019

Children’s diabetes symptoms can be difficult to detect since children may not report the situation to the parents soon enough. However, there are obvious symptoms that any parent should look for to understand children’s diabetes symptoms as outlined below.

Children’s Diabetes Symptoms

What you need to understand first about children’s diabetes symptoms is that this is what is called juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes usually starts early during childhood, and it can develop very rapidly from the onset. That is why understanding children’s diabetes symptoms is very important because the signs can develop in a matter of weeks, not months.

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There are several key signs and symptoms that you should pay attention to, among those are:

Increased thirst. This is caused by the excess sugar builds up in your child’s bloodstream, which causes fluid to be pulled from the cell tissues. This absorption of fluid from the cell tissues makes your child feels thirsty. That is why your child will feel thirsty very often, and this is one of the first and most obvious signs you should look for.

Frequent urination. Related to the point above, if your child feels thirsty often, and drinks more fluid than normal, the obvious impact is that your child will urinate very often. Sometimes if your child is very active, it is very easy to mistakenly conclude that the increased thirst and frequent urination is due to the high activity, therefore you need to pay close attention to these two children’s diabetes symptoms.

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Extreme hunger. Since there is a lack of insulin to regulate sugar into your child’s tissues and organs, the muscles and organs become lacking in energy due to the lack of sugar. This causes the feeling of extreme hunger. If your child suddenly feels hungry very often which out of ordinary, this is a very good sign that the blood sugar level increases.

Weight loss. Unexplained weight loss is another tell-tale sign in children’s diabetes symptoms. The reason is because the lack of sugar causes the muscles to shrink; hence it reduces the overall body weight. Combined with the increased appetite due to your child’s extreme hunger condition, this is a very easy way to make a conclusion something is not right.

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Fatigue. Feeling tired is another sign which is probably less noticeably compared to other signs and symptoms outlined above. However it is a sign that you should pay attention to. The reason for the unexplained fatigue feeling is due to your child’s tissues are lacking in energy. If your child normally has an active lifestyle and suddenly feels fatigue, that’s a sure sign right there.

Irritability or unusual behavior. Your child may show symptoms of irritability or unusual behavior. If you see these signs, your child may have undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. Combined with the other symptoms, this will make more sense for you to make a conclusion.

Blurred vision. One of the side effects of high blood sugar is a blurry vision. If you child reports a blurred vision, that is another sign for you to watch out.

Those are the children’s diabetes symptoms. By closely monitoring your child for those symptoms you will be able to detect it early enough and get the medical attention as soon as possible.


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