What will it take to get people to sit up and listen and apply very simple steps to their lives to prevent type 2. What will it take to get governments to realise that uncontrolled diabetes is financially crippling as well as a complete disaster.
These things are preventable and treatable BEFORE we get to economic crumble – which is seemingly inevitable at the current pace. Not too sure if the politicians realise the implications, however far and wide it seems the people who choose politics don’t always have the general public’s best interest at heart.
Type 2 diabetes is essentially a lifestyle induced disease and yet uncontrolled the repercussions are : amputations, blindness, heart disease and kidney failure (dialysis). The cost implications of these aforementioned are HUGE as well as the loss of able body and minded people in the system of generating income.
Type 1 diabetes has exactly the same repercussions if not controlled and right from the get go is more expensive to manage properly. And yet with better management you ensure a healthy body that if targets are met will generally outlive the general public.
In south africa especially in the state sector both type 1 and 2 are poorly managed to say the very least and this knocks on to a growing population of patients requiring expensive treatments – that they inevitably get. It would make so much more sense to be preventative in terms of spending the money more wisely.
You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand what a log curve is. This is the current trajectory that we are on. With no sign of a slight dip of any relenting any time soon.
And yet – with simple interventions – like sugar tax and awareness we could really make a HUGE impact. Why ? Why are we not doing it? Is it because we do not WANT to??
It just boggles my mind.