Diabetes: the galloping epidemic!

Rampant obesity, sudden changes of eating habits, differences in access to care, poor follow-up of prescribed treatment, bad information, etc. Many factors explain the concern of doctors on the status of diabetes in the world. Yet, pragmatic and drug solutions exist!


Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, difficult to handle, hence the importance of a constant information of patients, but doctors also met in symposium at the Medec to the point on this condition.

the galloping epidemic!

Figures that scare
Worldwide, there are 150 million diabetics, they will be $ 300 million in 2025. In France, we will spend 2 to 3 million on the same period. Type 2 diabetes is responsible for in our country of 15% of the infarction, angioplasty and bypass surgery, 20% of kidney dialysis, 500 to 1,000 blindness a year, 8 500 amputations per year.

The estimated cost of the management of type 2 diabetes is 4 to 6% of the health budget.

Furthermore, the observation of the situation in the United States, which may have foreshadowed the France in a few years, is more disturbing: diabetes represents home 40% of dialysis, or 20 to 30% of severe cardiovascular events. It is therefore urgent to eradicate this global epidemic of diabetes!

Promoting global socio-economic environment. A well-known study of the specialists showed as early as 1970 to the radical changes of lifestyle was accompanied by an increase in number of diabetics: this study showed that almost half of the Indian Pima of Arizona is diabetic, phenomenon attributed to their settling forced in a reserve and facilitated access to “junk food” American. According to Dr. Fontbonne, INSERM (Montpellier), “this scenario is repeated today in the world.” “The most alarming phenomenon, especially in countries developing, is the widespread adoption of a lifestyle combining Western desire for consumption and relative lack of means”.

Outside the very particular case of the Indians (as a result of the brutality of the change of mode of life), there is everything and for example 11.5% of urban India Indians have diabetes, compared with 2.7% of the rural.