As the deadly disease continue to impact million lives around the world, it has now become one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century. Approximately 4 million people die because of this disease and millions other suffer life threatening complications due to this disease. This disease has now taken shape of a societal catastrophe, as it continues to put huge amount of pressure on the middle class and lower middle class, by pushing them towards poverty due to lower family incomes and huge healthcare costs.
Fiinovation is concerned about the disease impacting the lives of children and the youth which sometimes don’t even get diagnosed. This deadly disease impacts productivity and human development and is also cause of disability. The number of diabetic people around the world is expected keep rising from 366 million in 2011 and will reach up to 552 million by the end of 2030. The challenges in front of the health sector lies in managing the costs involved and stopping the rising new cases. The United Nations have already accomplished diabetes and other non-communicable diseases as a global agenda. The fact remains that diabetes is common, chronic and costly.
How do you tackle this disease? In order to save lives Fiinovation suggests that early diagnosis, ensuring treatments that are cost effective and educating people about the disease are some measures that will help save lives of millions. Government should also come up with policies and market interventions to promote healthy living and increase nutrition in the society. Discrimination against people who are diabetic should be stopped by awareness and campaigns. There should be national policies to increase the reach of preventive measures and improve healthcare. Diabetes is not just a health issue but Fiinovation believes it has lot to do with development sector as whole. A lot of health indicators can be improved by keeping a check on diabetes. Also poverty eradication and gender equality can be impacted by stimulating progress on keeping diabetes on check. Everything is inter-related nowadays, over-nutrition and physical inactivity does impact climate change. Reducing car dependency, local food production and consumption can involve people in physical activity and also reduce dependence on non-renewable energy and increase local employment.
People who are diabetic have to balance their daily needs like food, physical activity and medicines. Focus should remain on educating people about what to do and what not to do. Society plays an important role in determining how we live, work, consume and do business. Together we can tackle this deadly disease and save million lives.