World Health Day: WHO releases global report on diabetes

Edited by Nelly T.

The World Health Organization has released its first ever-global report on diabetes to mark the occasion of World Health Day. The results were alarming.

There has been a nearly four-fold increase in diabetes cases over the last quarter-century, excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth being the chief reasons for this spike the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

The estimate count of people affected in 2014 was 422 million.

In 1980 108 million people suffered from diabetes, that’s 4.7% of the world’s population, two years ago the number’s shot up to 8.5%, WHO said.

“We need to rethink our daily lives – to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain,” WHO director general Dr. Margaret Chan said on Wednesday. The Geneva-based agency blamed the increase in diabetes on growing food consumption and beverages high in sugar.

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body either does not make enough insulin to break down the sugar in foods or uses insulin inefficiently. It can cause early death or serious complications like blindness, stroke, kidney disease, amputation and heart disease.

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