Tuesday, September 13, 2011


London (Reuters) - About 366 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), released in advance of a United Nations summit on non-communicable diseases in New York next week.  That’s up from 300 million estimated in the 2009 edition of the organization’s Diabetes Atlas. This year’s edition will be published in mid-November. The new edition also estimates 4.6 million deaths from the disease annually, Jean Claude Mbanya, MD, president of the IDF, said during a press briefing at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) meeting here. “We don’t want world leaders to forget diabetes, which is a tsunami of the 21st century,” Mbanya said regarding the early release of the figures. He added that the numbers are likely underestimated, since not all countries have good data on prevalence estimates.

Mbanya urged world leaders at next week’s summit, the first on this type of disease and the second on a global disease issue, to turn their attention to the diabetes epidemic, which he estimated will affect nearly 600 million people within 20 years. He noted that overall global spending on patient care for diabetes is $465 billion.  EASD president Ulf Smith, MD, said the summit is important, given the fact that non-communicable diseases - including diabetes, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer - are the major causes of death in the world. Smith noted that Europe has been lagging behind in diabetes research and funding for research – potentially a symptom of economic woes in European countries. At the present funding rate, Smith said, China’s research funding will surpass that of the European Union by 2014.

The number of people living with diabetes has soared to 366 million, and the disease kills one person every seven seconds, posing a “massive challenge” to healthcare systems worldwide, experts said. The vast majority of those with the disease have Type 2 - the kind linked to poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise - and the problem is spreading as people in the developing world adopt more Western lifestyles.  The vegetarian diet prevents diabetes and it also purifies the bodies or “koshas” and the states of consciousness of man.

Inbound Nutrition, not only teaches us how to feed the physical body but also how to feed and maintain the “pranic” body, mental, intellectual and soul, in perfect health and harmony, creating a simultaneous balance between our being and the environment that surrounds us. From the food we eat depends entirely our health, and the development and quality of life. While nutrition which is applied in the West, is based on the macro and micro nutrients of the food, Inbound Nutrition is based on the flavors of these and the psycho-physical constitution or “prakriti” of the individual, that is determined by the three subtle energies or “tridosha”, to establish the proper diet to each person.

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