Obesity is one of the principal causes of diabetes. Obesity is one of the principal causes of diabetes.

Diabetes considered national emergency

There were 98,000 diabetes-related deaths in Mexico last year

The federal government has declared an epidemiological emergency for diabetes, which caused nearly 100,000 deaths in Mexico last year.

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The epidemiological alert is the first ever issued for a non-communicable disease and comes as a result of the increased prevalence of diabetes in the Mexican population.

According to federal figures, 9.2% of Mexicans suffer from diabetes while 71.2% are obese or overweight, two principal causes of the disease.

Diabetes and related conditions caused 98,000 deaths in 2015, the Health Secretary said in an interview with Milenio TV.

José Narro said the government issued the alert to raise awareness and highlight the problem, and bring about better coordination of government actions to combat the disease.

“. . . We’re also creating a great communication and health education campaign . . . through which we will identify patients in the early stages of the disease and offer them treatment,” he said.

The largest health service in Mexico, the social security system IMSS, agreed that the incidence of diabetes should be considered an emergency.

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IMSS chief Mikel Arriola Peñalosa stated that red flags could be raised throughout the country with regard to diabetes, a disease that he described as having no respect for social status or gender.

Of the 98,000 deaths registered nationally last year, over 21,000 were IMSS patients. The institute performed 4,500 amputations and declared 2,000 people permanently incapacitated for complications related to the disease.

The institute spent 42.8 billion pesos treating cases of diabetes, but the figure is even higher when other conditions caused by it are taken into consideration, such as renal insufficiency, which required an additional 8.1 billion pesos.

If the current trend continues, the institute will have to allocate 350 billion pesos by the year 2050.

One great challenge for the health system is the creation of efficient prevention campaigns. A large number of patients are diagnosed after their condition has deteriorated enough to land them in the emergency room.

Arriola said Mexico went from having a low rate of diabetes in the 1970s to the current epidemiological emergency thanks to three harmful factors: the introduction of refined sugars, saturated fat and sodium in the diets of a large part of the population.

Since then, obesity and overweight have been on the rise and in 90% of diabetes cases, those two conditions can be said to have caused it.

Mexicans are also genetically predisposed to suffer diabetes, and bad eating habits only worsen the situation, Arriola said.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)

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  • alance

    Mexico could cut diabetes in half by mandating the replacement of sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup in beverages with stevia. Stevia leaf is native to South America and is commonly used there as a natural sweetener. However, the FDA has only recently approved powdered and liquid stevia leaf extract for use as a sugar alternative in the U.S.

    The health benefits of stevia include its ability to aid in weight loss, lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, protect oral health, build strong bones, prevent certain forms of cancer, and help avoid cavities.

    • Garry Montgomery

      Stevia has its share of problems. There are better options, but the best is to not add ANY sweetener!

      • Sharon

        I agree it does have problems, but high fructose corn syrup is worse. I get sad when I see mom’s giving babies flavored sugar water in a baby bottle. That is setting the child up for a lifetime of obesity and dental problems. I have also noticed that many Mexican people are addicted to Coca-cola – great for a treat – but not to drink all day long.

      • alance

        Stevia has been used in Japan for 40+ years. You can’t sell a product without a sweetner. I bought some flavored tea this week at Oxxo with stevia.

  • wz3

    In July of 2016,it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results whatever I did, I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW NOW I HELPED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) , I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then, I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 35 pounds in my two month and lost more than 8 inches off my own waist as well as I can exercise twice per day and still having a lot of energy.The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods。

  • Katie Gibson

    Not just replacing with stevia…..but Coke is 1/3 the price of milk. It starts with the families trying to feed young families without much money. When a 2 liter coke with a can of Tuny attached is cheaper than 500 mls of milk ….what would you do to feed hungry, thirsty mouths??!

    • Garry Montgomery

      I ride the bus every morning and see so many people, parents and children clutching their Coke breakfast in their beautiful hands.

  • Garry Montgomery

    Tax Coca Cola and Bimbo at 100%. That’ll reduce the use of the American “food” and create a source of funds for treatment and prevention. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, wheat products (white bread in particular) and all of the other copies of the American diet should be be banned from Mexico. The U.S. imposed a drug war for Mexico to fight so Mexico should impose refined, sweetened war on food designed or derived from the U.S.

  • Karen

    I agree. In July of 2016. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” HOW NOW I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 30 pounds in my first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..

  • Sharon

    The problem is sugar in everything – bread, cereal, flavored drinks, juices, sodas, even beer, along with a high gluten diet. I am so disappointed that I cannot buy bread that does not taste like it has sugar in it, and the only cereal without sugar is bran flakes, not even one box of plain Cheerios in sight. Too bad the government does not bring in some regulations on sugar content. I see many low fat products, which usually means more sugar and salt are added. Education on a healthy diet is needed.

    • Katie Gibson

      I totally agree. We do not buy cereal anymore as it is all too sweet!

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