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Sweden set for diabetes explosion: researchers

TT/The Local/pvs · 13 Nov 2010, 16:39

Published: 13 Nov 2010 16:39 GMT+01:00

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More than 700,000 Swedes currently suffer from diabetes, with over half unaware of the fact. In a country of just over 9 million people, the expected increase is thus of great concern to researchers.

"When you look at how the development has been so far, it is a continually growing trend. Calculations are based on that curve and that is of great concern," said Mona Landin-Olsson, professor and diabetes specialist at Skåne University Hospital in Lund.

Poorer lifestyle habits and an excess of fatty foods are thought to be the reasons behind the constant increase of type 2 diabetes among children, young people and adults.

Landin-Olsson argued that it is of particular concern that the incidence of the condition has crept down the ages, explaining that diabetes can lead to a slew of troublesome complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney dysfunction and visual impairment.

Many of those suffering from a heart attack have or discover that they have diabetes when they seek care. Of all those suffering heart attacks, over 75 percent have diabetes or the first stages of the illness.

The number of cases of type 1 diabetes has doubled among children aged under 15-years-old over the past 20 years with around 800 children getting sick each year.

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"We don't know what lies behind this. Intensive studies are ongoing," said Landin-Olsson.

Sunday November 14th has been designated World Diabetes Day.

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17:15 November 13, 2010 by sendia
what lies behind this? No matter how empty the super market is, you will find at least one person standing at the godis section. The candy sections are very large here in sweden immaterial of how big the super market is!

The problem will increase because diabetes can be inherited genetically from your family.
19:07 November 13, 2010 by visitorfromnowhere
I couldn't believe the junk food machines in the T. That really shocked me. I expected better from Sweden. Terrible terrible message to send to young people. What genius was behind that???
20:19 November 13, 2010 by Swedesmith
I am totally convinced that the increase in diabetes has to do with the tremendous amount of godis that are consumed. Hey, I have a sweet tooth myself, but everything in moderation.
20:25 November 13, 2010 by facetedjewel
That appears to be bittersweet chocolate she's eating in the photo - an essential food group - so that doesn't count. :^)

My favorite theory-to-date that seems to be gaining ground in medical circles, and the media, is that processed foods are 'inflammatory' (highly inflammatory for some people), and that diabetes is one expression of living with a chronic, low-grade inflammation of the gut. I went on an anti-inflammatory diet and was off PPI's within two weeks. On this diet the presumed reflux has never returned.
20:53 November 13, 2010 by sgt_doom
While not necessarily pertinent to this article, it is SWEET nevertheless.

Several weeks back, when Stieg Larsson's "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" debuted in America, admittedly in limited release, the two very large, independent theaters I attended were packed.

Now, the Corporate McNews in America only reports the movie receipts for the chain theaters, those smaller one found throughout America's shopping centers and malls; not the independent companies which view foreign language films.

But in calling around to friends and acquaintances throughout the country, I would suggest the first week this Swedish-language movie was the number one film in America (although it was reported that Saw 3D was the number one film!), going by the packed theaters reported.

One must always ignore what passes for "news" today in the USA, as only a handful of corporations control what is actually reported.
21:51 November 13, 2010 by mikewhite
It's more the fats that are a problem, see all the pizza etc.
23:03 November 13, 2010 by Rebel
One of the factors cited in reference to increasing diabetes in the USA is the growing number of people from ethnic groups that are more genetically prone to diabetes. Could that be a factor in Sweden?
00:46 November 14, 2010 by NovaLand
I'm not ethnic, but i received my share of type 1 diabetes only 2 years ago, and i'm in my mid 30's..

Some say that type 1 is caused by a virus, quite common to many regular stomach viruses.. the problem is that that type of virus doesn't belong in the adrenal gland.

the only positive thing about an increasing amount of people with diabetes is that the odds of finding a cure probably increases.. (that doesn't seem go for everything, like hiv, cancer, etc.. but u get the point...)
00:56 November 14, 2010 by millionmileman
Yesterday I half-joked about the salesman rinsing with mouth-wash after eating herrings, before using the breathalyser-ignition-lock. Seriously we need to go back to basics.

After WWII the Swedish diet was one of the best in the world for longevity, but now we all over the world are all eating the same poor diet, with too much fat and sugar. Finland had one of the worst diets in Europe now they have one of the best.

Here in the USA I had a very serious problem in mid-2008 I was able to cut down on the fat and sugar together with more exercise, with sleep and now I don't have diabetes.
07:00 November 14, 2010 by Zonob
It's the fault of immigrants :-P
11:13 November 14, 2010 by marianne667
What to do, what to do? Exercise more and eat only nuts and grass?
16:55 November 14, 2010 by gabeltoon
As a diabetic myself the best thing for everyone in SWEDEN is "GO AND GET CHECKED OUT" save yourself all the worry and hassle. I was told it was age onset. With all the rubbish on diets ect, the plane fact is WE ALL should go back to eating better and exercising more. It should be clear to us all that all the fast food thats eaten regularly all over the world is not good for you.It has saddened me for ages that the AMERICAN LIFE STYLE has crept around the world and we are losing our own idetities. GO BACK TO OUR OWN WAY OF LIFE AND WAY OF EATING BETTER. OUR FOREFATHERS were healthier then.
16:56 November 14, 2010 by hilt_m
More than 700,000 Swedes currently suffer from diabetes, with over half unaware of the fact.

Love that first sentence, makes me think the Swedish Government is running around testing everybody secretly then not telling anybody the results so they can later say they told us so.
00:52 November 15, 2010 by Tanskalainen
The Danish plot is working! Eat little Swedes, eat.
01:31 November 15, 2010 by wenddiver
I thought thigs were supposed to evolve??? How long before our bodies adjust to living on Big Macs, Bear, Starbucks and cigarettes????

Maybe we should all take a rotten herring pill and call it a day.
11:02 November 15, 2010 by marianne667
Was just home in Sweden and I found most Swedes in far better shape than the americans and the British.
14:16 November 15, 2010 by BrittInSweden
@gabeltoon Our forefathers also died at younger ages.
21:45 November 15, 2010 by Abbot

But they're porking up nicely and will look just like them in the near future.
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