You can’t fail to have seen the news this week that diabetes cases are rising so much that managing diabetics will soon be costing a sixth of the whole NHS budget. That is truly shocking. It is mainly Type 2 cases that are on the rise, and this is a disease of Western civilisation and diet really so is pretty easily preventable in most cases.
Type 1 incidentally has a major link with gluten sensitivity – in fact, people with coeliac disease and Type 1 Diabetes have the same gene pattern! This is due to the fact that we know gluten damage causes auto-ommunity and Tpe 1 is an auto-immune disease. Check my site at www.trulyglutenfree.co.uk for more on this issue.
I listened to the news where various bodies were advocating spending more research on diagnosing early to avoid diabetic complications which is where the real money is spent apparently. That’s sound advice but wouldn’t it be even better if we actually educated enough people how to avoid the lifestyle practices that cause it in the first place and looked for much earlier indicators instead of waiting for the disease to strike and then trying to reverse it?
I have written before several times on easy measures to take to avoid diabetes so have a read for some simple advice.
There are also some fantastic tests around to find very early indicators in at-risk people so use them. You can read about Pre-D and MetSyn tests here.
Don’t become one of the statistics! Many more people need to take responsibility for preventing diseases like diabetes or the NHS we know and love will collapse. Food (low GL, of course) for thought.
- Diabetes threatens to ‘bankrupt’ NHS within a generation (guardian.co.uk)