The Global Diabetes Tsunami... And Why America Actually Has It Good

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Lately there has been a flurry of media reports focusing on America's obesity epidemic, and how costs associated with America's gradual shift to a fat society will inundate the already strapped budget in the form of shadow taxation and other direct and indirect costs, which are, to put it simply, unsustainable. As the first chart below shows, the primary cost center associated with the obese conditions - diabetes - has certainly gripped a substantial portion of the US population, at last count affecting at least 10% of the population. Yet as chart #2 shows, America, with its $23.7 million diabetes cases, actually has it good. Because when compared to countries without a social safety net, such as China and India, the US diabetes problem is child's play. With 90 million diabetes cases in China, and 61.3 million in India, or nearly half of the total 346 million worldwide diabetes cases, perhaps it is time for the developing world to worry how they plan on funding the billions of associated costs, as they assimilate more and more of the worst American habits. Because as the International Diabetes Foundation says, "In developing countries, the looming costs in human lives, healthcare expenditure and lost productivity threatens to undo recent economic gains." However since all of this is in "the future" what's the point of worrying about it now...

American diabetes is bad...

...But not nearly as bad as what is happening in the "developing" world. Whoops:

Finally, from the International Diabetes Foundation, here are the facts:

The number of people living with, and dying of, diabetes across the world is shocking: 90 million Chinese live with diabetes and 1.3 million died in 2011;23% of Qatari adults have developed diabetes.

TSUNAMI OF DIABETES

  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for almost 90% of all cases of diabetes in adults worldwide. In general, as countries become richer, people eat a more sugar- and fat-rich diet and are less physical active — and the incidence of diabetes rises. On average, nearly 8% of adults living in high-income countries (see map for country classification) have diabetes. It is, however, upper-middle and middle-income countries that have the highest prevalence of diabetes; over 10% of adults in these countries have the condition.
  • In high-income countries, diabetes primarily afflicts people over 50 years of age. But in middle-income countries, the highest prevalence is in younger people — the most productive age groups. As these people age, and as life expectancies increase, prevalence in older age groups will rise further. This trend will put a huge burden on healthcare systems and governments.
  • The mortality rate of diabetes varies sharply with the prosperity of the country. In 2011, the disease caused more than 3.5 million deaths in middle-income countries, of which more than 1 million were in China and just less than a million were in India. Approximately 1.2 adults die of a diabetes-associated illness per 1,000 cases in 2011 in low- and middle-income countries: more than double the mortality rate of high-income countries. Mortality rates are much lower in high-income countries with the greater healthcare recourses, but those tolls are still high: approximately 180,000 people died in the United States in 2011, for example.
  • Unsurprisingly, high-income countries spent vastly more on diabetes-related costs in 2011 than lower-income countries. In developing countries, the looming costs in human lives, healthcare expenditure and lost productivity threatens to undo recent economic gains.

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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:32 | 2447689 slaughterer
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Message from RoboTrader to ZH:

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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:43 | 2447744 Gully Foyle
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Before posting explanation commentary I think people should identify themselves as healthcare professionals.

Really would you take medical advice from a daytrader?

Just because you "read somewhere" doesn't mean it's a medical fact.

That is how Whooping cough spread via the Anti vaccination crowd.

 

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:49 | 2447998 Diplodicus Rex
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"Before posting explanation commentary I think people should identify themselves as healthcare professionals."

 

Absolutely agree, particularly if they're PhDs, because, as we all know, PhDs always look after our best interests and are only ever truthful and are never in the pay of parties that would do us harm

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:56 | 2448015 pods
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The medical community has been by and large corrupted by the allopathic method of treating disease.  That appeal to authority won't hunt I'm afraid.

I am not a healthcare provider, but an open minded scientist.

Speaking of vaccines, why is it that vaccines and vaccines alone may be approved for administration without any double blind placebo controlled studies to judge their efficacy?

pods

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:16 | 2447906 Drachma
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Don't forget the plastic rice and melamine eggs, milk and baby formula.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/08/report-china-fake-rice-plastic/

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 03:33 | 2667864 jaffa
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The charity campaigns for improvements in the care and treatment of people with diabetes. Its symbol is the hummingbird, partly because of its association with sugar, and party because of its association with control and precision. Thanks.
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Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:01 | 2687373 jaffa
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The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes. The Association acts on its mission through a number of critical programs and activities that are directed to a broad range of constituents, including consumers, research scientists, health care professionals, corporations and communities. Thanks.
Regards,
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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:12 | 2447590 hedgeless_horseman
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Maximum BMI requirements for SNAP, please. They aren't starving, obviously.  We will just end up paying more for their healthcare later.  We can better spend the fiat elsewhere than giving it to fat people to "buy" more food.

 

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:16 | 2447619 LFMayor
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no no, HH.  Sometimes you don't pull on the rope, you instead run with it.   Pump those fucking useless eaters up with all the GMO sugar shit they can hold. 

Then, when the Great Reset begins, they all fall down.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:32 | 2447650 hedgeless_horseman
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Felt good to make omelets this weekend with every single ingredient coming from our own little farm, except the coffee and the whiskey in the coffee.

 

 

You could be here, too, sooner than you believe.  It isn't hard and very rewarding.   

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:33 | 2447691 Waterfallsparkles
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It is not just great that the food came from your own farm but I am sure you are physically fit growing, harvesting and preserving it as well.

We all wish we could do the same.  Congrats.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:35 | 2447703 francis_sawyer
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Terrorist! /sarc

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:37 | 2447711 hedgeless_horseman
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We all wish we could do the same.

The only thing stopping you is you.  We also have kids, activities, a commute, and a job. 

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:44 | 2447753 francis_sawyer
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cooking with 'gas' too... sweet

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 18:50 | 2449095 prole
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If they have property and land ie a "FARM" HELLO?? there is nothing to prevent them from cooking free with wood stove/grill outside in summer inside in winter.

That breakfast looks fantastic and healthy, the perfect antidote to the twinkie promoting trolls, GMO rice touting statists and other diabolical offal of collectivism and agri-tyranny Monsatan

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:50 | 2447791 The Final Countdown
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> The only thing stopping you is you.

Good to know, I'll start growing my own food tomorrow. It's going to be a little tight fitting all those plants, chickens, a pig and a cow into my 9th floor appartment, but you told me I can do it so...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:56 | 2447818 francis_sawyer
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9th floor?

Well I guess for someone like yourself it would all start by jumping off the balcony... No balcony either? No problem... Just use a window... Just throw a brick (or other heavy weighted BLOCK) thru it if you can't figure out how to open it... If, due to your helplessness, can't find one, I'm thinking your head would suffice...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:59 | 2447824 hedgeless_horseman
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...into my 9th floor appartment...

Poor you.

On the roof of a 21-story office building in Hong Kong's eastern district sits a grassy patch of hope that agriculture can thrive even in one of the world's most congested spaces.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/06/28/hongkong.urban.farming/index.html

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:09 | 2447878 The Final Countdown
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That's absolutely hilarious. No really, it is... :-/

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:54 | 2448009 catacl1sm
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HA HA HA HAHAH HAHA HAH!!! You're a joke, no really, you are. It's called lifestyle bitch. Try a change.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:28 | 2448117 Grinder74
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But he's got such fabulous hair!

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2447837 Gully Foyle
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The Final Countdown

Dude you can container grow just about anything, fruit and vegetable.

You could buy an Aerogarden, or a bunch as some do, and grow damn near anything you choose.

Lot's of forums covering all aspects of the above.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:04 | 2447861 The Final Countdown
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Can I container grow beef and eggs?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:15 | 2447895 hedgeless_horseman
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Rabbits, chickens, and eggs are all easy to grow in the city.  But you sound like the type of person better suited to fast food and similiar conveniences.   To each his own.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:03 | 2448041 The Final Countdown
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Not really. Anyway, let's just forget about it. I'll remember not to reply next time as I'm obviously not worthy, being a city dweller and all. I'd love to have the luxury of having my own small farm like you do, but realistically that would be nigh impossible where I'm from.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:03 | 2448238 BooMushroom
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Yes, you can't have a farm in the middle of the sky in the city. You CAN, however, move.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:46 | 2448356 The Final Countdown
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I'd rather stay put, actually. We all have our own ways to live within our means, right? Maybe a couple of years down the road, when I've been stacking long enough, I'll have better options, options that don't involve becoming a debt slave just so I can grow my own food.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 17:48 | 2448969 Vlad Tepid
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Yet you have already become a debt slave just to eat.  Methinks that is worse.

As a sidebar, if you're on the 9th floor, it sounds to me like you've been stacking long enough.  Best to be living horizontally these days.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 19:01 | 2449115 prole
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Ladies, perhaps you were a little brusque brusk, bresk, brisqu with final countdown.

You could have wished him all the best and recommended some modest cherry tomato set-up for his balcony?

Although when Vlad the Impalor himself giving advice, I guess Vlad should get a pass for just about anything!

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:14 | 2447897 Gully Foyle
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The Final Countdown

Do you need to?

You could go Vegan.

doesn't matter, every dollar you save growing fruit and veg you can apply to buying beef and eggs.

Or you could use some Aquaponics and grow fish for your protein.

Fuck dude there are people who raise Tigers in apartments.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/05/nyregion/police-subdue-tiger-in-harlem...

 Police Subdue Tiger in Harlem Apartment

http://articles.cnn.com/2003-10-04/us/nyc.tiger_1_antoine-yates-wild-ani...

Tiger, gator removed from Harlem apartment

A man who kept a 400- to 500-pound Bengal tiger and a 3-foot, 280-pound alligator as roommates in his Harlem apartment was in custody Sunday, charged with reckless endangerment, police said.

 

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:38 | 2447719 Gully Foyle
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hedgeless_horseman

http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/05/14/1948550612447114.abstrac...

Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Prosocial Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments

Recent research has revealed that specific tastes can influence moral processing, with sweet tastes inducing prosocial behavior and disgusting tastes harshening moral judgments. Do similar effects apply to different food types (comfort foods, organic foods, etc.)? Although organic foods are often marketed with moral terms (e.g., Honest Tea, Purity Life, and Smart Balance), no research to date has investigated the extent to which exposure to organic foods influences moral judgments or behavior. After viewing a few organic foods, comfort foods, or control foods, participants who were exposed to organic foods volunteered significantly less time to help a needy stranger, and they judged moral transgressions significantly harsher than those who viewed nonorganic foods. These results suggest that exposure to organic foods may lead people to affirm their moral identities, which attenuates their desire to be altruistic.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:43 | 2447726 hedgeless_horseman
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I hate to burst your bubble, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I purchased any "organic" food, and we give five figures to charity every year.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:50 | 2447760 Gully Foyle
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hedgeless_horseman

Organic food is a scam. It offers zero benefit over nonorganic.

Except the right to be preachy.

I'm glad you can make the distinction between home grown and organic.

Many can not.

Then again you understand the mechanics of growing and tending.

Do you make your own cheese?

And did you process, direct from cow/goat, the milk for the cheese?




Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:57 | 2448018 catacl1sm
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I was going to write a long pithy comment proving your wrongness, but then I decided that you're not worth the effort. Enjoy your pesticides and nutrient lacking food.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:10 | 2448054 pods
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There may in fact be some benefit long term of having no pesticide residue on your veggies that are organic.

The nutrient level has much more to do with when the produce was harvested.  The closer to ripeness, the more phytonutrients are available.

So even if a food is organic, there may be little to no benefit if it is harvested in the same manner as the non-organic food.

Organic used to mean smaller farmers closer to you.  This would allow them to pick an almost ripe food that would be higher in nutrients than one picked a week before ripeness.

Now with larger scale organic farms producing for areas farther away, the benefits obtained are nill.

Biggest lesson to understand: Organic does not mean more nutrients.  Ripening on the vine means more nutrients.

pods

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:46 | 2447764 Abitdodgie
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The USDA owns the word " Organic" how can you own a word ? and these days there is no differance between organic and regular except  one application of Roundup.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:01 | 2448034 SILVERGEDDON
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G ully, I love you, man. You put the DIP back into SHIT.   

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2447795 francis_sawyer
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 "These results suggest that exposure to organic foods may lead people to affirm their moral identities, which attenuates their desire to be altruistic"

~~~

All that tells me is that the sample group was a bunch of FOS faux liberals... HH would not fall under that sample group...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMUDw4_e93Y

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:41 | 2447729 SWRichmond
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Nothing more satisfying than going out and picking lunch out of the garden, rinsing it off and eating it.  Nothing.  Gratz!

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:47 | 2447772 Gully Foyle
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SWRichmond

Dude, it's the only way to eat Corn.

Longer it takes from harvest to eating the more sugar is converted to starch.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:57 | 2448026 catacl1sm
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Sugar and starch are both digested into glucose. What does it fucking matter?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:13 | 2448268 BooMushroom
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Go to your pantry and eat a teaspoon of cornstarch.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:41 | 2447735 Abitdodgie
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Nice counter top where did you get it ?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:54 | 2448206 francis_sawyer
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My guess is that he cut it from a block of Gully's head...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:42 | 2447738 bigwavedave
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i grow lots of coffee. wanna barter?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:06 | 2447867 hedgeless_horseman
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Need a horse?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:45 | 2447759 slaughterer
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You also made the cheese yourself?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:49 | 2447780 Gully Foyle
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slaughterer

I asked that as well.

Cheese making doesn't look all that hard. Kind of time consuming.

It's on the to do list for us.


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