by S-Q @ 7:20 AM MDT
(This article was sent to me from Clif, who posts on this blog. Thank you Clif for bringing this to our attention!)
Diabetes Epidemic Spreading Worldwide: Experts
Only the corporate death merchants could take a world where the mass of it's people were self-sustaining, and convert it to a world where they rely on large food production corporations and McDonalds for their sustinance. The irony of this story is almost obscene in it's portent of the future, they do not only starve people when the force the mases off the local farms for massive corporate conmtrolled mega farms for corporate profits, but they also give them modern industrial based diseases, which are a result of the forced change in lifestyl;es and social systemds for corporate profits.
More than two-thirds of the world's estimated 246 million diabetics come from less-affluent developing nations, and more must be done to curb a disease that now rivals HIV/AIDS in terms of suffering and death around the globe....
..."This truly is an epidemic," warned Dr. Martin Silink, president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which represents more than 200 diabetes associations across 158 countries. "Seventy percent of the global burden of diabetes is now in developing countries, even though that seems paradoxical. People think that it should be in the developed world where there is access to fast food and lots of obesity."
But rapid lifestyle changes are affecting the health of people in China, India, South America, and elsewhere, he said. "As their economies develop, diabetes is now subverting the gains of economic development," Silink said.
Some statistics from the IDF:
* By 2025, the number of people with diabetes is expected to rise to 380 million worldwide, with 80 percent living in the developing world.
* Each year, another 7 million people develop diabetes, while 3.8 million die of diabetes-linked causes.
* In many countries in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean, diabetes already affects 15 percent to 20 percent of the adult population.
* India now has the largest number of diabetics (almost 41 million) in the world, followed by China (nearly 40 million), the United States ( 19.2 million) and Russia (9.6 million).
* Diabetes increasingly affects the young or middle-aged, with more than half of diabetics in developing countries between the ages of 40 and 59.
According to the experts, a "perfect storm" of genetics and social change is driving the spread of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes in poorer countries. Visitors to today's China quickly notice McDonald's, KFC and other fast-food outlets springing up in major cities. At the same time, the foot and bicycle are making way for the car on urban streets.