As one can well imagine (or not), we are living in a complex and ever increasingly demanding society that appears to be growing exponentially in ways that need our immediate attention. While there are so many advances in technology, healthcare, agriculture and more, there is an equally alarming growth in chronic disease.
Chronic disease includes a host of diseases and conditions — including type 2 Diabetes — that are long-term, costly and above-all largely preventable if we properly care for ourselves. As we see the continued growth of Diabetes for instance, we see that there is more and more to learn about how to live with it and better control it once it has been diagnosed.
Now it has been found that there is a paradigm shift in the diagnosis of diabetes as conducted in the the study found by clicking the link above which illustrates the overall complexity and need to better assess the way we live our lives. It has been found in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology medical journal that there are five distinct types of diabetes that can occur as adults. How will this change the way that this disease is managed and controlled? Will this be a way to better personalize the treatment of diabetes according to the individual? Is this where the paradigm shift is happening? Still so many questions that are left to be answered.
As noted in the yet another article, “Diabetes, for example, now affects 415 million adults around the world and often brings potentially life-altering complications such as vision loss and blindness, cardiovascular disease and amputations. Unfortunately, many older adults are being put at greater risk of the complications due to barriers such as long waiting times to see a specialist, a lack of education about the management of chronic conditions, lack of access to adequate screening and treatment, and high costs.”
On one hand, we are living longer, but are we living better? What will it take to have enough people take notice and take control of their health and wellbeing? While education is critically important, we also need a society that supports more effective ways of providing healthier options to kids in schools, patients in hospitals, consumers buying food in grocery stores and more. Wouldn’t that make a difference?