World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

Every six seconds there is one person who dies due to diabetes, which is 10 deaths every minute, and 600 deaths every hour! More deaths occur due to diabetes than HIV, TB, and Malaria put together. It is important to understand the figures to take precautionary measures rather than feeling scared.

Total number of diabetes cases in the world is around 415 million, which is more than USA population. The world spends 673 billion dollars on managing these cases which is 12% of the total budget on health.

In the USA alone there are over 29 million cases of diabetes, which is the world’s third highest case load after China having around 110 million and India at around 70 million cases. What is worrysome is the fact that 46% of these cases are not even diagnosed, that means that they are not taking any precaution of medicines since they even do not know that they are suffering from Diabetes.

One in 11 people in the USA is diabetic and one in four people is diabetic after the age of 65 years. Almost double this number is in prediabetes stage which means they are at a higher risk to develop at diabetes and needs to take precautionary measures like diet control and regular moderate physical exercise for 30 minutes a day.

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