What is the Prevalence of Diabetes?

Dr Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, discusses What is your Prevalence of Diabetes.

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Dr Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC, discusses What is your Prevalence of Diabetes.
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Featuring Dr. Richard Bebb, MD, ABIM, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Diabetes is becoming more prevalent for a number of reasons.

First of all, there's two types, two main types of diabetes. There's type 1 diabetes, where individuals run out of insulin, and that tends to occur more in younger people.

And then there's type 2, which is the more common type. And that's the type of diabetes that's becoming more and more common, and it's for a number of reasons.

First of all, to a certain degree it's a disease of aging, the older you get the less insulin your body makes, and hence your blood sugars tend to drift up, but it's also a disease of lifestyle.

We tend to be more sedentary earlier in life. In the old days you kicked the kids out of the house and sent them to the park and said don't come back until dinner. Now they don't go to the park, they sit in front of the TV, they play on their Gameboy and they are not physically active, and that sets the stage for weight change and an increase in blood sugars.

And we're seeing type 2 diabetes which we didn't used to in individuals under the age of 20 now, which was very very unusual 20, 30 years ago. So it's a lifestyle issue, it's an aging issue, and there is also a significant genetic component so if either of your parents had type 2 diabetes you are more likely to develop it.

Presenter: Dr. Richard Bebb