Diabetes On An Unrelenting March

Posted by JOrchard on 13 May, 2016

New figures show that diabetes now affects almost one in 11 adults and diabetes is now in an “unrelenting march” according to the World Heath Organisation (WHO).

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In a major report, figures showed that cases had nearly quadrupled in the last 30 years and there are now well over 400 million suffered worldwide. High blood sugar levels can be a major killer and it is linked to around 3.7 million deaths each year, a number which is expected to continue to rise unless “drastic action” is taken.

The report and figures include both type one and type two diabetes but the huge increase in numbers is predominantly down to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to poor lifestyle. As the world’s waistlines have widened, with the latest figures suggesting that one-in-three people are now considered to be overweight, it’s no surprise that the number of diabetes cases have increased.

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Dr. Etienne Krug, the WHO official who is leading the efforts against diabetes said: 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.”

Not controlling the levels of sugar in your blood can have serious health consequences. Having high blood sugar levels triples the risk of having a heart attack and also leaves people 20 times more likely to have a leg amputated. There’s also a great risk of suffering from a stroke, kidney failure, blindness and complications in pregnancy.

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