422 million adults living with diabetes, most in developing countries – WHO

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422 million adults living with diabetes, most in developing countries – WHO

The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries, WHO has said. Obesity was among factors driving the dramatic rise, WHO announced ahead of World Health Day which was marked on Thursday. The organisation said in a statement that people need to reduce diabetes risk factors by expanding environments that promote health. “If we are to make headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: eat healthily, be physically active and prevent excessive weight gain,” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. Chan said even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure people make healthy choices and that health systems diagnose and treat those with diabetes. “The complications of diabetes can lead to heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. Rates of lower limb amputation are 10 to 20 times higher for people with diabetes,” she said. Oleg Chestnov, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for non-communicable diseases, said many cases of diabetes can be prevented, and that measures for detecting and managing the condition exist. “But change greatly depends on governments doing more, including implementing global commitments to address diabetes and other NCDs,” he said. Among key findings from the “Global report on diabetes” was that the number of people living with it and its prevalence are growing in all regions of the world. In 2014, 422 million adults (8.5 per cent of the population) had diabetes, compared to 108 million (4.7 per cent) in 1980. More than one in three adults aged older than 18 were overweight while more than one in 10 were obese. Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012, higher-than-optimal blood glucose that caused an additional 2.2 million deaths by increasing the risks of cardiovascular and other diseases. Forty three per cent of these deaths occur prematurely, before the age of 70 years, yet are largely preventable through adoption of policies for environments supporting healthy lifestyles. Former Radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang with his lead lawyer Katwa Kigen during a press ……
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