The "unrelenting march" of diabetes


The "unrelenting march" of diabetes

Here at Styck, our foundational goal was to tackle a few problems. But one of the largest problems we face is the growing obesity epidemic. It's something we wanted to have an impact on. With Styck, and the massive community we now have, we want to show that opting for an active lifestyle is a choice we can consciously make everyday, a choice that's rewarding and a choice that we must make.

The article below shines a striking light on the issue, we thought we'd share.

"The world is facing an "unrelenting march" of diabetes which now affects nearly one in 11 adults, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

In a major report it warned cases had nearly quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980.

High blood sugar levels are a major killer - linked to 3.7 million deaths around the world each year, it says.

And officials said the numbers would continue to increase unless "drastic action" was taken.

The report lumps both type 1 and type 2 diabetes together, but the surge in cases is predominantly down to type 2 - the form closely linked to poor lifestyle.

As the world's waistlines have ballooned - with one-in-three people now overweight, so too has the number of diabetes cases.

How diabetes has taken its toll

422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014 - that's

314 million more than there were in 1980

  • 8.5% of adults worldwide has diabetes

  • 1.5 million people died as a result of diabetes in 2012

  • 2.2 million additional deaths were caused by higher-than-optimal blood glucose

  • 43% of these 3.7m people died before they were 70 years old

Source: WHO

Dr Etienne Krug, the WHO official in charge of leading efforts against diabetes, told the BBC: "Diabetes is a silent disease, but it is on an unrelenting march that we need to stop.

"We can stop it, we know what needs to be done, but we cannot let it evolve like it does because it has a huge impact on people's health, on families and on society."

Failing to control levels of sugar in the blood has devastating health consequences.

It triples the risk of a heart attack and leaves people 20 times more likely to have a leg amputated, as well as increasing the risk of stroke, kidney failure, blindness and complications in pregnancy.

Diabetes itself is the eighth biggest killer in the world, accounting for 1.5 million deaths each year.

But a further 2.2 million deaths are linked to high blood sugar levels. And 43% of the deaths were before the age of 70.

Moving burden

In the 1980s the highest rates were found in affluent countries.

But, in a remarkable transformation, it is now low and middle income countries bearing the largest burden.

Dr Krug told the BBC News website: "That's where we see the steepest increase. Knowing that's where most of the population lives in the world, it does show numbers will continue to increase unless drastic action is taken."

The Middle East has seen the prevalence of diabetes soar from 5.9% of adults in 1980 to 13.7% in 2014.

Dr Slim Slama, a WHO specialist in region, told the BBC News website: "We are the region that has experienced the greatest rise in diabetes, moving from 6 million to 43 million - it is a huge, huge increase.

"In Qatar or Kuwait we have more than 20% of the population with diabetes and when you look at subgroups - people beyond 45 or 60 years old - it's 30-40% and things are even more worrying."

He said growing and ageing populations were behind part of the rise, but diet and inactivity were a major problem.

More than three quarters of teenagers in the region are doing less than the recommended level of exercise, he said.


The WHO report said the solution required the whole of society to act.

"The 'easy' solution is for all of us to exercise, eat healthily and not gain excess weight - of course it's not so easy," said Dr Krug.

He called for governments to regulate the fat and sugar content of foods to ensure there were healthy options available to people.

Better urban planning that enabled people to cycle and walk was also essential as was encouraging breastfeeding, he added.

And he also called on the food industry to act responsibly to ensure it reduced the fat and sugar content of foods, and to cease marketing unhealthy foods to young people.

It is only by keeping blood sugar levels in check that the deadly complications of the disease can be contained.

But the report showed that two thirds of low income countries were not able to provide blood sugar monitors or drugs such as insulin or metformin for most people.

Dr Krug concluded: "Two things really worry me when I read this report.

"One is that one-in-11 people today have diabetes. And the other is the lack of fairness. Today in most low income countries, people who have diabetes and need access to medicine and technology to manage it don't have access to it."


Dale's Story; Don't ever limit yourself


Dale's Story; Don't ever limit yourself

Yo yo Styck Trybe and all of you explorers of life reading this right now. Greetings, welcome to The Movement Movement. This is the random blog of Styck, the intermittent thoughts of the rough-hand builders of Styck App. Read on and enjoy, this is a home with welcoming warmth!

We (relatively) often tell tales of peeps who are part of the Styck community, people who make it what it is, those that put fuel in our jets, make us smile and generally make this effort most definitely worth doing. 

Recently we have had the honor of meeting a member of Styck who kinda blew our minds with his levels of activity. As you dig a little deeper you start to see a real character, someone who pushes hard, sees no limits and is through-and-through authentic. 

Dale racked up a serious amount of steps in a single day a few weeks back, and so we reached out and wondered what he had got up to. And, I was going to write about what he did, but he beat me to it.

SPOILER ALERT. Dale completed an Ultra Marathon, having not completed a marathon before. In itself that is an epic achievement of mind, body and spirit. But then you try to comprehend what that does for everything that you thought was once impossible. It would kinda destroy those doubts and restrictions we place upon ourselves. Where's the line? Is there a line? And now we know that we are the ones that all-to-often draw that line, and we've smashed through that line, what's now possible? A crazy bunch of confusion there, but for a few answers heres Dales blog

Dale has written an incredible blog post on his endeavor, and it's a great journey to take with him. Read on...


Create your own Trybe; Lead, Encourage and Compete


Create your own Trybe; Lead, Encourage and Compete

Trybes is a feature we have been excited about for a while now, and it's now here. This new Styck App feature allows users to invite friends, family and colleagues to join them in a little healthy competition. You'll be able to help others take new strides in an active lifestyle, and encourage them along the way!

Trybes is a way for you to own your active community and really make it yours. Name your Trybes, add headline images to personalize the Trybe and invite people that you know will love to be a part of what you built.

So here's a short guide to getting started.


Find the Trybe screen. It's dead center with our new Trybes logo!


Create your Trybe. This will allow you to add any image you want, and create a name to personalize your Trybes.


View your Trybe. Your Trybe will appear with only you as a member, you'll need to now expand the Trybe!


Invite others to your Trybe. You will notice that you can invite others to your Trybe, and this is where Trybal life gets interesting. Invite others, and see how much of a difference this makes!

You can create as many Trybes as you want. This allows you to build a Trybe for your family, a Trybe for your work colleagues, perhaps create a Trybe for your sports team? Or get crazy, and create a Trybe for your community or building! 

Who's the top stepper in your Trybe? Who are you going to inspire to move more?

Have an amazing time using Styck.

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10 ways to inject a little more activity into your daily life!


10 ways to inject a little more activity into your daily life!

We're gonna keep this short and simple. Just some helpful hints and motivational ways to make a few changes in your daily life.

So, we've outlined 10 simple ways to help you along the way. All you have to do now, is remember them.

1. Chat more to your colleagues.

Face-to-face chat means you'll have to get up off your chair and find a friend! Instant chat and email are your enemy in hitting those 7,000 steps.

2. Drink more water.

Beyond being a healthy way to hydrate, you're probably going to need to take a few bathroom breaks. Again, every step counts!

3. Take the Metro.

We see a huge difference in the amount of steps that people take when using public transport versus taking their car. If you can't do it everyday, then perhaps set aside the last day of the week as "Metro Day".

4. Walk whilst you talk.

Walking meeting are a great way to get the creative juices flowing, it increased attention, and allows you all to clock up more steps. We love what these guys have organized.

5. Stop the lift!

Take the elevator to a floor two above or two below your office, and walk the rest. If you keep this going throughout the day, your steps will steadily add up.

6. Park quickly.

Instead of driving to the doors of the mall and waiting for a space, just park and walk to the doors. Not the usual thing we see in Dubai, but certainly a way to win today's Trybe.

7. Shop more.

It sounds crazy, but we notice that mall shopping days end in serious Styck steps. We're talking about 15,000 - 20,000 steps in pursuit of those new shoes!

8. Aim for Par.

Take up a sport that results in walking! Sports like golf mean you'll end up learning a new skills whilst remaining active. And there's likely a reward for playing the most frustrating game on earth!

9. Challenge friends.

Buddying-up makes a huge difference to the amount of steps you take in a day. Challenge each other to complete 7,000 steps per day, with the winner every week buying the lunch on Thursday!

10. The world is your playground.

View your world in steps, make everything you do about reaching that next level of steps. 2,000, 5,000, 7,000, 20,000; Whatever your next goal is, every obstacle in your way is a chance to make today a winning day!

You can download Styck App from a smartphone here. Styck app rewards you for taking more steps throughout your daily life. Go for it!