Early detection of diabetes
If Type I diabetes, long referred to as “juvenile”, has genetic and auto-immune origins, that is not the case with Type II or “fatty” diabetes, which certainly does have a genetic predisposition but is more often occasioned by what can be turned to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Type II diabetes develops gradually, often in persons who are obese and have a sedentary lifestyle.
This is the most frequent of the two types of diabetes and its prevalence is increasing constantly. The WHO estimates that in 2010 there will be 250 million diabetics worldwide, against just 110 million in 1994. In Luxembourg there are between 15,000 and 20,000 known diabetics and it is estimated that a similar number have not yet been diagnosed.
Early detection is therefore vital, especially as, when the diagnosis is made, patients often already have complications; this means that the diabetes has been evolving for several years without being recognised and consequently without treatment.
90% of diabetics are overweight or frankly obese. In most cases, they also have a sedentary lifestyle.
Good food hygiene and regular physical activity are therefore the best way of preventing Type II diabetes, especially when cases have already occurred in immediate members of family.
When the checkup is performed, your personal risk will be determined and you will benefit from personalised advice about prevention.