Posted by: diabetescoalition | June 28, 2011

A Global Dilemma: The Diabetes Equation

While we battle Type 2 Diabetes in rural Kentucky, we do not have to look far to read, based on Associated Press accounts, that diabetes has more than doubled in three decades, jumping to an estimated 347 million.  This data comes from a study that included research by the Imperial College London, where diabetes has been pronounced to be “a defining issue in global health,” according to Majid Ezzati, Chair of Global Environmental Health at the institution.  The culprit has been identified as the aging population on the planet.  The disease in longer limited to the wealthy nations, but it has entered the ranks of Cape Verde, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, and Papua New Guinea.

The disease can be managed with diet, exercise, and medication.  Recent national obesity focus in the US has gotten people to try mobile apps that show them their caloric intake, as well as medically formulated diets of under 600 calories a day for eight weeks for weight loss.

Recently, the Aetna Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hartford, CT-based insurer Aetna Inc.has announced a prize pool of $50,000 for the three best browser-based applications that make the reams of government public health data more accessible for healthcare professionals and leaders.

Some of the best data comes from our government.  You can read up on statistics and data gathered from participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations.



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