Type 1 Diabetes Rising
This is a very interesting article about type 1 diabetes (the autoimmune disease that begins in childhood and used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes) is on the rise all around the globe, rising at a rapid rate of 3-5% a year. The puzzle is that no one can seem to figure out why.
Researchers have several theories, and the most important observation is that this is a global increase, therefore whatever is driving these rates up is worldwide. Researchers suggest something environmental- “So investigators have had to look for influences that stretch globally and consider the possibility that different factors may be more important in some regions than in others.”
One of the prominent explanations is obesity. I agree with this explanation, because it would coincide with trends of higher obesity rates across the world every year. With these obesity rates increasing, and type 1 diabetes also increasing, the trends can be correlated.
The author of this article ends the article by saying that he hopes that we can find a “cure” for type 1 diabetes before this trend shoots up even further and becomes out of control. I say that we already have found a “cure”- or at least a prevention. Eating right and keeping your body healthy and balanced has shown to stabilize insulin levels to where shots are not even needed. There are numerous case studies where people who already have diabetes have made large lifestyle changes to foods excluding any kind of saturated fats, artificial flavors, and trans fats.
Should people start being more conscious of what they eat?