Who could deny that the steady advancement of technology has greatly influenced our lives? Technology has changed our way of living; affecting our social lives, work, and most importantly our health. It would seem that technology has served to improve our health, but controversy exists as to whether or not technology has improved or negatively impacted our overall health.
Are Diabetes and Technology Linked?
If we look back at 1985 there were about 30 million people across the globe who suffered from diabetes. By the end of 2000, this number increased to 171 million and is expected to rise to nearly 366 million by 2030. What’s the reason behind this staggering growth? We are certain that diet, exercise and proper treatment are critical to diabetes, but who is to say that technology isn’t part of this equation as well?
Diabetes growth is at its highest in fast developing countries. With 92 million people struggling with diabetes, China is home to the largest number of diabetics, surpassing India. The change is happening very quickly. If the one major cause is supposedly diet then we must look at how the Chinese diet changed over the years. The truth is, it has barely changed. The same applies to India where traditional vegetarian diets dominate. Therefore, it seems there is another factor at play, which could very well be technology.
Diabetes Can Be Triggered by Electromagnetic Waves
Scientists suggest that dirty electronics could also be a cause of diabetes. This refers to man-made electromagnetic fields caused by modern day technology. A 2008 study suggested that diabetes can be triggered by electromagnetic waves and aggravated depending on the level of exposure.
“We have conducted studies with diabetics and people who have multiple sclerosis and found that when the dirty electricity in their home is reduced their symptoms diminish. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics have lower blood sugar and type 1 diabetics require less insulin when they are in an electromagnetically clean environment,” says Magda Havas Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University.
So, do we need to get rid of our electronics such as mobile phones, television and computers to solve the problem? No one can answer this for sure, however, reducing exposure to electromagnetic pollution may be beneficial for more than just one reason. Certainly, more research is needed to determine the relation between the advancement of technology and the rising number of individuals with diabetes in the 21st century.
_Havas M 2008. “Dirty electricity elevates blood sugar among electrically sensitive diabetics and may explain brittle diabetes”. Electromagn Biol Medicine 27(2): 135–146.
_Havas, M. 2006. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Biological effects of dirty electricity with emphasis on diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 25: 259-268