Pomerene Hospital Blog
Diabetes Doesn’t Affect You…Or Does It?
According to the International Diabetes Federations, here are some common misconceptions about Diabetes.
1. Diabetes only affects older people.
FALSE! Diabetes affects all age groups.
2. Diabetes is not a killer disease.
FALSE! Diabetes is a global killer, rivaling HIV/AIDS in its deadly reach. The disease kills more than 4 million people a year. Every 7 seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
3. Diabetes predominantly affects men.
FALSE! Diabetes affects both men and women, and is rising among women. It is also increasing dramatically among youth and threatening to decimate indigenous populations.
4. Diabetes cannot be prevented.
FALSE! Up to 80% of Type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and improving the living environment. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.
5. Diabetes care is not costly.
FALSE! Diabetes care is costly and has the potential to cripple any healthcare system. However, many inexpensive and cost-effective interventions exist. Even right here at Pomerene Hospital. Proven strategies for improving the living environment, changing diet and increasing physical activity can reverse the pandemic.