More than 460 million people — 1-in-11 adults — now suffer from diabetes, largely brought on by an over-rich lifestyle short on exercise, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) said Thursday.
The IDF said the current number of 463 million sufferers would jump to 578 million by 2030 and to 700 million by 2045, posing huge challenges for treatment and management of a disease which already a top-10 killer worldwide.
The IDF said the report shows an increase of 38 million cases over its previous survey in 2017 and noted that “more than half (50.1 per cent) of adult sufferers (are) undiagnosed.”
People with diabetes have excessively high levels of blood sugar from food.
As a result they are more likely to suffer debilitating complications such as heart attacks, strokes and other serious medical conditions, leading to reduced life expectancy and potentially huge healthcare bills.
Most sufferers have Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and other lifestyle factors, and emerges in adults and increasingly in children.
Type 1 diabetes, which cannot be prevented, is caused when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
SOURCE: CTV NEWS CANADA
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