The Unrelenting Global March Of Diabetes [Infographic]
A major new report from the World Health Organization has revealed that global diabetes cases have almost quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980. Diabetes now affects nearly one in 11 adults with high blood sugar levels linked to 3.8 million deaths every year. Even though the report covers both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the latter (which is connected to poor lifestyle) is primarily responsible for the majority of cases.
The Eastern-Mediterranean region has experienced the most dramatic increase in diabetes cases since 1980. Back then, 5.9 percent of that region's population had diabetes and that increased to 13.7 percent by 2014. During the same time frame, the number of adults with diabetes in the Americas region went from 18 million to 62 million. Accounting for approximately 1.5 million deaths each year, diabetes is the world's eighth biggest killer.
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