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

Tyler Durden's picture

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.


  • 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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slaughterer's picture

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Gully Foyle's picture

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.


Diplodicus Rex's picture

"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

pods's picture

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?


jaffa's picture

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.

jaffa's picture

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.
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hedgeless_horseman's picture



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.


LFMayor's picture

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.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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.   

Waterfallsparkles's picture

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.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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. 

prole's picture

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

The Final Countdown's picture

> 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...

francis_sawyer's picture

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...

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...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.

The Final Countdown's picture

That's absolutely hilarious. No really, it is... :-/

catacl1sm's picture

HA HA HA HAHAH HAHA HAH!!! You're a joke, no really, you are. It's called lifestyle bitch. Try a change.

Grinder74's picture

But he's got such fabulous hair!

Gully Foyle's picture

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.

The Final Countdown's picture

Can I container grow beef and eggs?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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.

The Final Countdown's picture

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.

BooMushroom's picture

Yes, you can't have a farm in the middle of the sky in the city. You CAN, however, move.

The Final Countdown's picture

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.

Vlad Tepid's picture

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.

prole's picture

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!

Gully Foyle's picture

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.

 Police Subdue Tiger in Harlem Apartment

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.


Gully Foyle's picture


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.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



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.

Gully Foyle's picture


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?

catacl1sm's picture

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.

pods's picture

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.


Abitdodgie's picture

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.


G ully, I love you, man. You put the DIP back into SHIT.   

francis_sawyer's picture

 "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...

SWRichmond's picture

Nothing more satisfying than going out and picking lunch out of the garden, rinsing it off and eating it.  Nothing.  Gratz!

Gully Foyle's picture


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

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

catacl1sm's picture

Sugar and starch are both digested into glucose. What does it fucking matter?

BooMushroom's picture

Go to your pantry and eat a teaspoon of cornstarch.

Abitdodgie's picture

Nice counter top where did you get it ?

francis_sawyer's picture

My guess is that he cut it from a block of Gully's head...

bigwavedave's picture

i grow lots of coffee. wanna barter?

slaughterer's picture

You also made the cheese yourself?

Gully Foyle's picture


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.