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Many people could be affected with diabetes without knowing it

Monday, 09 July 2012
Hundreds of thousands of Swedes have type 2 diabetes without the disease being detected a new report say as part of a new study.

Type 2 diabetes is a widespread disease that is now creeping into the younger age of the population. The number of victims between who are affected between the ages of 30 and 60 years, who are obese is increasing rapidly, according to new report which Swedish television presented.

In Sweden, 350 000 are diagnosed with diabetes, but studies show that at least as many have the disease without being detected. Also the same suffers from the impaired glucose tolerance, and of these one in four within three years go on to developed type two diabetes.

"This is remarkable! The younger you are at the onset of the disease, the greater the risk you are on the route to severe complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and blindness. In the worst case scenario, it can lead to blindness," says diabetes nurse Britt-Marie Carlsson, chairman of the Swedish Society of nurses in diabetes care, according to Swedish television.
"The sneaky aspect about this disease is that you can walk around with type two diabetes without having any symptoms. Yet they have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease," says Carl Johan Östgren, a professor at Linköping University.

In countries where people once died of starvation, they now die more and more of obesity and type 2 - diabetes which is increasing dramatically worldwide. 

In Sweden increasingly, younger people get the disease because of obesity. Today, one in two men and six out of ten women aged 30 to 60 years who are obese or have a BMI over 30, according to new statistics from the Swedish Diabetes Register.

The UN has now classified type two diabetes as a global threat, and above all the disease is exploding the most populous countries China and India.

According to the Swedish medical authorities, often the case is that patients who come in for a heart attack is found to have type two diabetes. In most cases it is considered an early detection but it always most often turn out to be that disease has been there and that its detection was too late.

"We want to detect type two diabetes earlier, because proper treatment can dramatically reduce the complications of the disease," says Carl Johan Östgren.
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