Lifestyle Therapy | Type II Diabetes vs COVID-19 — Keeping Perspective
Bangladeshi peoples finds out for the first time that he has a severe case of diabetes at a free diabetes diagnostic campaign in front of the National museum at Dhaka observing World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2017. (Photo by Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)[/caption]
A trickle of cases has become a worldwide flood. Quarantines and lock-downs have become reality, even then the number of confirmed cases are rising. At the moment, it feels impossible to predict what the world will look like next week, let alone next year, bringing uncertainty to many.
The newly discovered virus, coupled with the reaction of the media, inevitably drives misinformation to circulate. This leaves many vulnerable, as the containment of any disease is highly dependent on actions taken by individuals.
People susceptible to getting sick need reliable, factual information to make good decisions.
In some circumstances, the immune system’s reaction to a virus, bacteria, or other pathogen can cause greater harm to the infected individual than the pathogen itself.1 Type II diabetes is a deadly example of this circumstance. With millions of cases around the world, type II diabetes continues to pose a great threat to the world we live in today.
While this does not diminish the effect that COVID-19 has had on our society, it helps us to remember that type II diabetes and other chronic diseases are still factors we should not ignore.
According to an estimate published by Health Affairs, “After modeling the available national data on cumulative deaths and detected COVID-19 cases in the United States (US), the IFR-S (Infection Fatality Rate – Symptomatic) of COVID-19 was estimated to be 1.3%”.2 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there is a total of 1,248,040 confirmed cases and a total of 75,477 reported deaths with numbers growing daily. Fatality was highest in persons aged 85, ranging from 10% to 27%, followed by 3% to 11% among persons aged 65–84 years, and 1% to
3% among persons aged 55-64 years.3 There’s no denying that the disease is transferable and deadly, however, threats like type II diabetes are long-standing and demand our attention.
According to the CDC, in 2018 alone, 8.2% of the US population had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 34.5% of the adult US population were diagnosed with prediabetes, and an estimated 21.4% of the US population are undiagnosed with the disease.4 The number of people affected by type II diabetes is several times more than COVID-19, and while COVID-19 is a seasonal illness like the flu, diabetes happens all year long and has been established as the seventh leading cause of death in the US. 6
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and in 2012, another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose and the numbers have continued to grow.5 Every year, more and more people are diagnosed with type II diabetes along with increasing estimates of those with the disease yet undiagnosed. A whopping 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.6
As the severity of type II diabetes continues to increase globally, the fight against this chronic lifestyle related disease continues.
Many people don’t know that Lifestyle Therapy has succeeded where other approaches have failed.
It is possible to prevent and even reverse type II diabetes, but it requires a synergistic combination of healthy eating and regular physical exercise, coupled with the reduction of stress. By improving lifestyle, you can free yourself from type II diabetes and the horrible complications that come with it.
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Diabetes. (2018, October 30).https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/diabetes 5 Statistics About Diabetes. (2018, March 22).https://www.diabetes.org/resources/statistics/ 6statistics-about-diabetes