Mexican adults die too early as a result of complications from diabetes. In Mexico, diabetes and early death are strongly linked.
More about diabetes and early death in Mexican adults
Diabetes and obesity are very common in Mexico. In fact, one in five Mexican adults develop diabetes by age 60. That means that 20% of Mexican adults have diabetes. Worldwide, there will be about 625 million people living with diabetes by the year 2045. Unfortunately, low-income and middle-income countries will see even more diabetes than high-income countries. This is because resources to treat diabetes might be less available in the lower-income countries. Also, people living in higher income countries usually receive a diabetes diagnosis earlier and receive better medical care. As a result, they are better able to control their blood sugar level.
The Mexico City Prospective Study found that 1 in 5 adults received a diabetes diagnosis by age 60. This study also found that people with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes were older and less likely to be college educated than people without diabetes. Also, a longer time since diagnosis can lead to higher blood pressure and lower body mass index. In addition, this study found that people with diabetes had very poor glycaemic control. This means that they are not able to keep their blood sugar levels in a good range.
This is very important, because the longer someone has diabetes and the worse their glycaemic control is, the higher their risk of dying. For example, people with poor glycaemic control have 2 times the risk of early death than those with better control. In addition, if you have diabetes for over 10 years, your risk of developing complications greatly increases.
For Mexican adults, there is a strong link between diabetes and early death. For example, complications from diabetes can cause early death. Complications include vascular disease, kidney disease, and infection. In Mexico in 2016, the rate of diabetes officially became a national emergency. As a result, they improved the quality of medical care, ensured access to medicine regardless of income level, and regularly screened the public for diabetes and complications. In conclusion, the authors of this study believe that if we can delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and improve diabetes treatment and care, then we can reduce the number of early adult deaths in Mexican adults.