Here is a simple narrative by Temi Badmus on how diabetes patients will increase to 553 Million in Africa by 2045 if the outlined warnings are not taken seriously.
Africa ‘walking towards’ 553 Million Diabetics Patients by 2045 – Temi Badmus
Today is World Diabetes Day, and I could not hold but write; I definitely do know that if our eating habit and routine are not intentional, then there will be no way out of this skyrocket increase in diabetes ailment the world will face.
The world statistic has shown that by 2045, Diabetes will increase to 700 Million, with Africa having 79%, then you may need to sit down and have a rethink about all that sugar you are fond of consuming.
In 2019, approximately 463 million adults (20-79 years) were living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 700 million. The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries – 79% of adults with diabetes were living in low and middle-income countries; one can say the 54 African countries have the largest number of people living with diabetes.
- 1 in 5 of the people who are above 65 years old have diabetes.
- 1 in 2 (232 million) people with diabetes were undiagnosed.
- Diabetes caused 4.2 million deaths.
- Diabetes caused at least USD 760 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2019 – 10% of total spending on adults
- More than 1.1 million children and adolescents are living with type 1 diabetes
- More than 20 million live births (1 in 6 live births) are affected by diabetes during pregnancy
- 374 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Let come to Africa, the consumption of carbonated drinks, mostly sweetened with raw sugar is a daily habit in most sub-Saharan African countries.
According to statistics, in 2019, we have 19 million adults (20-79) living with diabetes; this figure were based on testing, which of course you can bear witness with that about 10% do not even have access to test, about 5% ain’t aware they are living with diabetes and also about 5% do not have an idea of what diabetes is.
According to the result from a researcher, one soft drink a day increases Type 2 diabetes risk by a fifth. In a warning through The Independent, reporting on an European study that has examined the relationship between type 2 diabetes and sugary drinks states that – “one of the largest of its kind – found strong links between sugary drink consumption and an increase in a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It attempted to assess the potential effects of various soft drinks on diabetes risk, including:
- sugar-sweetened drinks, such as cola
- artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet cola
- fruit juices and nectars (diluted fruit juices that may contain sugar or sweeteners).
Africans are the largest consumers of all of these drinks, let me come down a little bit. Nigeria, an Africa country where I resides is comprised of about 200 million occupants and I can categorically say close to 100 Million people consume carbonated sweetened drinks on a daily basis, about 50 Million of them abuse the consumption of all this carbonated sweetened drinks.
An analytical statistics shows that by 2045, the world will be having about 700 Million diabetes patients, while out of this 700 Million , 533 Million will be from Africa.
Note that $9.5 billion was spent on healthcare for people with diabetes in 2019—less than 1% of the total global expenditure on diabetes. So every time I wonder how diabetes in Africa can be cared for if it’s really this expensive.
I have heard people say diabetes isn’t that serious, very true.
I have heard people say diabetes is worse than most diseases, I agree with this but how do we get out of here?
Diabetes-related deaths under age 60:
NGR: 82% of adult deaths
According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
I will be discussing five natural way to keep your sugar level in check.
Things to avoid /reduce consumption in order to control your Sugar Level
- Sugary drinks
- Heavy starch food
Things to add to daily food routine
- Natural fiber filled diet( Vegetable, fruits, Essential oil)
- Natural filled antioxidants food (Nuts, nutmeg, walnuts, fruits, Cashew nuts, Coconut, Palm kernel nut), tomatoes, pineapple etc.
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