It is estimated that 171 million people worldwide have diabetes. By 2030 this could double.
Heart disease accounts for 50 . 80% of all deaths in people with diabetes.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure.
Deaths from diabetes in the UK are likely to soar by a quarter over the next decade . as the number of overweight people rises.
Diabetes retinopathy is a major cause of blindness.
At least half of all cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented if weight gain in adults was avoided.
Diabetic foot conditions can lead to foot ulceration and limb amputation (50% of foot ulcers will result in amputation).
Up to 50% of patients with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy. Neuropathy can lead to sensory loss, damage to lower limbs and impotence.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Defronzo RA, Ferrannini E, et al. (editors) International Textbook of Diabetes
NICE Guideline: Type 2 diabetes: Prevention and Management of Foot Problems
Disclaimer: Everything I describe on this website has worked for me. I have no financial or other links with the South Beach Diet or other diabetic organisations. I just want to share my experiences with other diabetes sufferers in the hope that they too can live a better - and longer - life. Always consult your doctor or medical practitioner before undertaking any diet or exercise program.