Diabetes: 366 million people, nearly 5 million deaths

In 2011, a diabetic dies every 7 seconds in the world. A total of 4.6 million in one year. And there are now no fewer than 366 million patients … These figures are even more frightening that the pandemic of diabetes in the words of WHO, does not seem to stop. On the occasion of the 47th Congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Lisbon (Portugal), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling on world leaders. To reverse the trend, they must focus on research.

“The clock is ticking for the world leaders. Their meeting next week at the United Nations, we can expect action to stop the rising trend of diabetes, “wanted to Jean-Claude Mbanya, President of the IDF. Many heads of state will meet in fact 19 and 20 September in New York for the UN Summit on noncommunicable diseases. Diabetes should hold an important place, as well as cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. “It is urgent to invest in research to provide better treatment and prevention models (more) effective,” said Mbanya indeed.

Especially since the New figures from the Diabetes Atlas published yesterday, are worse than expected. Particularly in terms of cost of care. It reaches global summits since the bill of diabetes would amount to $ 465 billion or 340 billion euros. “Diabetes is a challenge we can no longer afford to ignore. If we really want to beat this disease, it is essential to intensify research. ”

Type 2 diabetes experts remind, is a disease of lifestyle. Physical inactivity, tobacco, alcohol and diet – too much fat, too sweet … – are a combination of maximum risk. Such as obesity and cardiovascular disease, this disease is growing dramatically in 30 years. In developed countries but also more recently in developing countries.

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