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Diabetes kills every 7 seconds

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14 November 2014 - The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in all countries in the world. Today, diabetes kills a person every seven seconds. 382 million people suffer from diabetes and by 2035 the figure will rise to 592 million.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes are a leading cause of death in the world, and one of today’s major challenges for development.

"Often misunderstood as a disease associated with affluent lifestyles, diabetes is a growing problem in developing countries,“ says Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General in his message on World Diabetes Day.

wdd-button-205pxWhile continuing to tackle infectious diseases such as Ebola, the World Diabetes Day (WDD) is an occasion to highlight the threat posed by more “silent killers” such as diabetes, as well as to raise awareness and develop measures for diabetes prevention and treatment.

In the US, for instance, the total cost of obesity and over-weight related non-communicable diseases was estimated US$1.4 trillion, which is comparable to the estimated costs of the 2003 Iraq war, the foreseen annual cost of ocean acidification from climate change, or the record amount oil companies are set to spend to explore for new oil reserves by 2017.

Europe divided by diabetes

There are about 60 million people with diabetes in the European Region, or about 10.3% of men and 9.6% of women aged 25 years and over. Today, more than 3.2 million people in the UK suffer from diabetes, to a cost of €13 billion each year.

The UK also has higher levels of obesity and overweight people (67% of men and 57% of women are either overweight or obese) than anywhere in western Europe except for Iceland and Malta, according to the Global Burden of Disease study, published in the Lancet medical journal. More than a quarter of children are also overweight or obese – 26% of boys and 29% of girls.

Sweden comes out on top in tackling diabetes, according to a comparison of the 28 EU member states, Norway and Switzerland.

UNRIC’s related articles:

Overfed and undernourished: more doesn’t mean better  

Diabetes: a threat to developing countries

Number of people with diabetes expected to double by 2030

Other related links:

WDD official page

WDD around the world

IDS Diabetes Atlas  

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