- About 347 million people worldwide have diabetes. This epidemic is due to lifestyle changes including less physical activity, leading to obesity.
- Diabetes is predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
- The two types of diabetes differ. Type 1 diabetes is due to the body not producing (enough) insulin to deal with dietary sugars. Type 2 diabetes comes from the body's ineffective use of insulin.
- A third type of diabetes is gestational, raised blood sugar levels during pregnancy. This can cause complications during pregnancy and delivery, and increases the mother’s risk of later developing Type 2 diabetes.
- About 90% of all diabetes is Type 2. Childhood Type 2 diabetes is increasing.
- From 50-80% of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease.
- In 2012, diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths worldwide.
- In developing countries, most people with diabetes are between 35 and 64.
- Complications from diabetes make it the leading cause of blindness, amputation, and kidney failure.
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by eating a healthy diet and exercising at moderate intensity 30 minutes on most days.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Humpday Hint: 10 Facts About Diabetes from the WHO
This is just a brief list of facts you should know about diabetes, from the World Health Organisation.