Type 2 Diabetes - Could an Addiction to Technology Lead to Developing Obesity and Diabetes?

A recent interesting study has found that people in emerging nations who have homes complete with all the modern equipment such as a television, computer and a car, are more likely to be obese and also have Type 2 diabetes.

All Types of Incomes Studied. The study that was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal analyzed data obtained from more than 150,000 adults and from almost 110,000 households from 17 countries where the people had differing incomes - high, medium and low…

  • the high-income nations included Canada, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates,
  • upper-middle-income countries included Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa and Turkey;
  • lower-middle-income countries included China, Colombia, and Iran; and low-income countries included Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

Do you Know Technology Is On the Increase Even in Low-Income Nations? The research team concluded that…

  • seventy-eight percent of households had at least one TV,
  • 34 percent had at least one computer, and
  • 32 percent had a car.

For low-income nations the team identified those who had all three items did 31 percent less physical activity and 21 percent more sitting compared with those who owned none of the devices with these same people having larger waist measurements.

For those living in high-income countries, there was no link at all between owning these items and obesity and Type 2 diabetes rates.

What is highly likely though, is that for those in high-income countries the negative health effects of these three consumer tech products have already occurred and is what is behind soaring rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes Dr. Scott Lear, the study leader offered.

The Type 2 Diabetes and Technology Link is Really Very Strong. The association, however, was strong in low-income nations, where the obesity rate was 14.5 percent in homes with all three devices and 3.4 percent in homes with none. The Type 2 diabetes rate was 11.7 percent in homes with all three items and 4.7 percent in homes with none of these items.

The study author Dr. Scott Lear made the following comments on the team’s findings:

"Although we found a significant positive association between owning household devices and obesity or this form of diabetes in low-income countries, we were unable to detect a relationship in the high-income [countries]."

For now though, there is no cause and effect relationship established - just a link to owning televisions, computers and higher obesity rates.