Today I have decided to put together a jumble of facts about diabetes mostly for entertainment purposes – mostly useless trivia.
These will primarily be statistics so you can see how you measure up.
45% - the percentage of Diabetics that have an A1C “above” 7.0
This one surprised me a little given all the new drugs on the market and their availability – sounds a touch high to me since it is almost 1 out 2 that are essentially “not controlled”
537 Million – the number of “diagnosed”… read more
@A DiabetesTeam Member yes I'm waiting to see the numbers analyzed for 2020 and 2021
There is a ton of data out there now, just need someone to crunch it all and figure out what is what.
So even though they have the totals of new cases they haven't been sorted out yet of how many had Covid before they were diagnosed, if they had other significant risk factors etc because to really blame it on Covid (the infection) they would kinda have to take every other risk factor into account.
But it is almost certain that a good part of the increase was due to many being right on the line and that sitting on the couch, locked down, drinking too much and scarfing piles of crap food pushed many of them over the edge.
The other (thing) that the Doctors are concerned about is ending up with patients that are "far more advanced" then they would typically diagnosed (and not just with Diabetes because Cancer diagnosis were way down - it's not that the actual incidence went down but people were avoiding the Doc and the hospitals so when they finally do get diagnosed what would have been a "we can take care of this" will instead be "maybe we can buy you a few months".
So I do expect to see newly diagnosed immediately on insulin at a very high (historical) rate. Imagine someone who became diabetic in late 2019 and wouldn't have gone in for a check-up until early 2020 (but skipped that to stay safe).
Then sat at home eating 300 or 400 carbs a day for the next two years. If they have any function left in their pancreas they will be doing well.
That can be seen in a couple of our members that ended up hospitalized with blood sugars in the 400's and 500's and that was when they found out they had diabetes.
@A DiabetesTeam Member Yes sometimes there is a cure for certain diseases. You should have seen my shock when a patient told me they were cured from their Hepatitis C, I had never heard of such a thing, so I did some research to see if this was true and yes it is. But here is the other shock I got the cure costs 50000 $ and insurances did not even cover part of it. He had to take a loan out from the bank to get his cure. A few months later another patient went and got the cure and they too paid with a loan 50000 $. But these diseases are caused by viruses, so it may be why they found a cure, they are not diseases you develop over time, but due to something you were exposed to.
But it is also true for most diseases that there is no cure, the fact I have 18 diseases with no cure is proof enough on my part, but 5 of mine are autoimmune related, so my body attacks itself, so already that is a battle that is hard to win (your Type 1 is also autoimmune and therefore difficult to treat, compared to a Type 2 which can be managed with diet alone (in the very early stages) for some till their pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin). I have JRA since age 15 I will be 57 at end of March, and they still do not have a cure after almost 42 yrs (not profitable to big pharma if they were to find a cure), I also have Fibromyalgia and Raynaud's since age 23 and after 34 yrs still no cure for those either, but some medications exist which may help for a while, (again not profitable for big pharma to find cures), they make more money out of the pain management alone for both diseases and the multiple cocktails to get a bit of relief. Grant it Fibromyalgia has only been declared an official Rheumatic and Neurological disease since 2011 I believe and now this means it can be researched before it was considered a syndrome from other Rheumatic diseases. The Quebec SAAQ (Gov licences and plates regulators) make my doctors sign medical forms every 5 years as they recognize Fibromyalgia as a Rheumatological and Neurological disease, they told me every 5 yrs till I reach age 75 I will have to undergo a medical exam to be able to renew my car licence, afterwards it will be a yearly medical exam, this due to the Neurological component of the disease itself. Therefore autoimmune diseases are harder to manage as you never know when it will strike nor when your body decides your tissues and organs are foreign objects requiring to be destroyed by your own immune system.
But diabetes for most can be managed with diet, exercise and medications, it is more predictable as it cannot be reversed and only moves forward, with some being able to go in remission of sorts (but most of the damages done are irreversable despite).
One time I was sitting in the hospital waiting for my name to be called for an x-ray and this guy started to talk about different diseases so i let him talk and he started to say that he believes that there is a cure for cancer, diabetes hmmm cant recall which other disease he might have mentioned but those two stood out to me n he said that many countries have cures for some of these diseases that's why they don't have many cases of diabetes and cancer but then he goes on to say how our govt and many other govts around the world where there is still thousands or millions of cases of these diseases that the reasons why we don't have the cure or maybe we do but the govt isn't sharing it with us is because of the mighty dollar n how much money it brings to the pharmaceutical companies when the ones who are sick with these diseases have to pay after all if we had cures for all diseases well there might not be anymore pharmacies to go too sooo with that said he might have been a govt conspiracist but needless to say this wasn't the first time i heard about this when I was waiting for my name to get called in a hospital setting i guess small talk can go a long way lol he was the talker n i was the listener....Any thoughts?
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Great idea Graham
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