Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.
Heidelberg, Germany -
The chairwoman of the National Association of Children and Youth with Diabetes Elisaveta Konova said that while over 460 000 people officially have diabetes there are a further 200 000, who don't know that they live with the disease. About 2000 children under the age of 18 have diabetes. Experts agree that most people do not comprehend the effects of the disease and don't pay attention to it until serious symptoms arise.
Data suggests that people suffering from diabetes die, on the average, 5 to 15 years earlier than others. Every day 18 people die because of complications of their situation. The main two reasons are cardiovascular and kidney failure. A troubling piece of data reveals that 3/4 of Bulgarians with diabetes have complications. One in two people suffering from the disease never gets diagnosed, which leads to complications and premature death.
The World Health Organization reports that the number of people suffering from the disease has grown by the factor of 4 during the last 35 years. The WHO is troubled by the fact that Type 2 diabetes is found more and more among children. The WHO is adamant that 70% of the Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle.
November 14th (today) is the World Diabetes Day.