World Health Day – Beat Diabetes
Each year World Health Day is held on the 7th of April and focuses on a different health concern. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) are concentrating on diabetes for World Health Day.
The WHO estimate that around 422 million people have diabetes worldwide and that number is predicted to double in the next couple of decades partly due to the rise in obesity rates worldwide.
They go on to say that in 2012, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths with 80% of them occurring in low and middle-income countries. This means that developing countries are at a greater risk, but it is becoming a worldwide problem which needs to be tackled now to stop its progression in the future.
Generally, you are much less likely to get diabetes if you eat healthily, exercise regularly, avoid smoking and are not overweight. However there are growing rates of obesity and fewer people are eating healthy and exercising which has correlated with the increase in diabetes cases.
Here are 10 pertinent facts from the WHO, about diabetes, that you should think about this World Health Day:
- About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes
- Diabetes is predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death in the world by the year 2030
- There are two major forms of diabetes
- A third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease is responsible for between 50% and 80% of deaths in people with diabetes
- In 2012, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths
- 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries
- Diabetes is leading cause of blindness, amputation, and kidney failure
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented