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The Diabetes Million-Dollar-Challenge

The Importance Of Donating For Diabetes Research

Chances are good that you or someone you will know is going to be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in your lifetime. Unfortunately, diabetes awareness is at a low point. Many people simply do not realize how serious this ailment can be or the myriad of issues it causes for those who suffer from it.

Diabetes is not just one disease; it is a group of diseases. These diseases cause a person to experience a severe spike in their blood sugar over the course of a prolonged time period. While diabetes is not contagious, the average person is far more susceptible than they may believe.

When diabetes is not treated properly, there can be long term complications that are quite serious in nature. Diabetes sufferers experience greater vulnerability to cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Painful ulcers can develop in the feet, kidneys may fail and even the person’s eyesight could be permanently jeopardized.

According to the most recent statistics, over 380 million citizens across the world are afflicted with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for nine out of every ten cases. This means that more than 8 percent of the world’s adults suffer from diabetes. Diabetes does not discriminate due to gender, attacking both men and women equally.

Diabetes is also a major cause of death and is only going to rise as the years go on. In 2012, approximately 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by Diabetes [Source: WHO Fact sheet N°312, Updated January 2015]. That number is expected to triple or even quadruple once the statistics for 2014 have been compiled. Once a person is diagnosed with diabetes, their risk of death doubles immediately.

Not only does this disease take a great toll on the population, but a greater financial burden is placed on those who suffer from diabetes. Diabetes comes at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars each year globally, with no end in sight. The numbers are expected to nearly triple from 2012 to 2014.

Citizens who are overweight tend to have the highest risk factor by developing diabetes. Eating a healthy diet and getting exercise on a consistent basis can help decrease the chances of receiving a diabetes diagnosis. Maintaining a weight that is healthy for your height and not using tobacco products also helps.

While Type 2 is by far the most prevalent, Type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes are also major problems. Type 2 is when the person develops a condition that interferes with the ability of the body’s cells to respond to correct amount of insulin. This tends to be caused by poor diet, lack of exercise and an unhealthy body weight.

When Type 1 diabetes occurs, the body will fail to produce the necessary insult. It is also known as juvenile diabetes and there is no currently known cause, making it one of the hardest forms of diabetes to properly diagnose. Type 1 diabetes is best managed with regular insulin shots.

Gestational diabetes is typically only found in pregnant women who have never exhibited any signs of diabetes before their pregnancy began. Women who do not have diabetes may experience a spike in their blood glucose level, but the issue tends to resolve itself once the child has been born.

With so many citizens affected, efforts to find a cure and more clearly define the causes of diabetes have been significantly stepped up. As you can see from the aforementioned figures, the costs associated with diabetes and all of the attendant research are staggering.

For the average person who suffers from diabetes, their medical costs are often more than they can bear, even if they have loved ones to help them defray the expenses. They are forced to purchase certain equipment so that they can maintain a normal quality of life and do so with no cure currently in sight.

Diabetes has been around for centuries and there is no end in sight. Without the help of dedicated persons who wish to help their fellow citizens end their suffering, this disease will continue to flourish and serve as a huge drain on the global economy.

This disease does not discriminate. No matter how old you are or what gender you belong to, you are equally at risk for the onset of diabetes. Even people who have never experienced a single diabetes symptom may receive a diagnosis that they did not expect.

By clicking the donate now button and giving whatever you are able to afford, you too can make a difference when it comes to this serious epidemic. While there are pieces of equipment and forms of therapy that can help a person live with diabetes, just put yourself in the shoes of those who are suffering.

A person’s entire life changes when they are diagnosed with diabetes and they are at far greater risk of dying at a young age. With your helpful donation, we can help to turn this reality into a thing of the past. It is imperative that we come together and act now.

Diabetes is already a part of the day to day life of close to 400 million people. When you click the donate now button and help those who are in need, you help to stop this disease before it becomes an even larger problem. Your donation could lead to a breakthrough moment in diabetes research and allow researchers to develop a greater understanding of how a person’s blood sugar and glucose levels work, eradicating this disease once and for all.

 

 


 

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