Diabetes has become one of the most dangerous and prevalent diseases in the world today and is growing exponentially. Medical experts warn that it will affect 600 million people by 2035 at a projected cost of $635 billion globally. Five countries in the Middle East— Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates— are among the top 15 globally with the highest prevalence of diabetes. From now until 2035, these countries are projected to have the fastest growth in diabetes, with children accounting for almost 50% of new diabetics in some countries. The IDF warns that the health consequences from diabetes are more severe today than previously recognized. It is time to look to an answer that encompasses genetics, inflammation and gut bacteria for a solution without contraindications.
The countries of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman are facing the biggest rise in diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation. From now until 2035, these countries are projected to have the fastest growth of diabetes with rates in the Middle East and North Africa increasing by 96.2%. The IDF also warns that health consequences from diabetes, which include heart diseases, strokes, blindness, kidney disease and lower limb amputations, are more severe today than previously recognized. There is, however, new hope. A medical answer is emerging from recent scientific research into newly discovered natural plant sources. Leading medical experts are predicting that eighty percent (80%) of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented — and even reversed! This new technology involving plant extracts supports the World Health Organization report WHO TECHNICAL SERIES REPORT 916 which published the following statement on page 42: ‘We should eat a diet consistent with the diet our genes became programmed to respond to.”
The WHO’s finding confirms the fact that modern-day processed foods, genetically modified foods, hybridized foods, sugar and chemical additives are not genetically compatible to humans. Since their introduction into mankind’s food stream starting in the 1940’s, chronic degenerative diseases, such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome have increased exponentially worldwide. Type 2 diabetes has increased in every country and now affects more than 382 million people worldwide — with many more undiagnosed. In Saudi Arabia, the prevalence in adults jumped from about one-in-ten to almost 25% of the population; other Arab countries have similarly high levels. Diabetes kills more than 10% of all adults in the region with almost half of them being productive people under the age of 60.The rapid increase in diabetes rates in the Middle East strains each countries health care agencies and imposes an enormous economic burden on governments and businesses. As of 2013, the region spends more than $13.5 billion annually on diabetes.
In Qatar, expenditures are as high as $3,000 per person. While the expenditure on diabetes is projected to double by 2035, it will not be enough to halt or slow the spread of the epidemic. Millions of people will remain undiagnosed, with the majority being diagnosed late in most countries, which costs the healthcare system significantly more due to the disease’s complications. The global failure to invest in viable long term answers to Type 2 diabetes has led all governments to face this current and exponentially growing crisis. Worse, current prescribed medicines for diabetes do not provide viable solutions:
•In May of 2015, the U.S. FDA issued a health warning challenging the effectiveness of a new class of Type 2 diabetes drugs.
•An investigation by MedPage Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that from 2003-2013, none of the 30 new diabetes drugs that came on the market were proven to improve key outcomes, such as reducing heart attacks or strokes, blindness, or other complications of the disease.
•Many of the approved drugs for diabetes can cause serious side effects for patients.