World Health Day – 2016
The theme of 2016 is Halt the rise: beat diabetes
1.5 million deaths each year are directly attributed to diabetes.
9% of adults in the world have diabetes.
90% of people with diabetes in the world have type 2 diabetes.
What is diabetes ?
Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
10 facts about diabetes
- About 347 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 a leading cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
There is a globally agreed target to halt the rise in diabetes and obesity by 2025.