World Health Day: Global Report On Diabetes

The World Health Day, a global health awareness day, is celebrated worldwide under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7 every year.

WHO is marking its annual World Health Day (7 April), which celebrates the Organization’s founding in 1948, by issuing a call for action on diabetes.  In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries.  Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity, WHO announced.

Key findings from WHO’s “Global report on diabetes”

Among the key findings from the “Global report on diabetes” are:

  1. The number of people living with diabetes and its prevalence are growing in all regions of the world. In 2014, 422 million adults (or 8.5% of the population) had diabetes, compared with 108 million (4.7%) in 1980.
  2. The epidemic of diabetes has major health and socioeconomic impacts, especially in developing countries.
  3. In 2014, more than 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years were overweight and more than one in 10 were obese.
  4. The complications of diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. For example, rates of lower limb amputation are 10 to 20 times higher for people with diabetes.
  5. Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012. Higher-than-optimal blood glucose caused an additional 2.2 million deaths by increasing the risks of cardiovascular and other diseases.
  6. Many of these deaths (43%) occur prematurely, before the age of 70 years, and are largely preventable through adoption of policies to create supportive environments for healthy lifestyles and better detection and treatment of the disease.
  7. Good management includes use of a small set of generic medicines; interventions to promote healthy lifestyles; patient education to facilitate self-care; and regular screening for early detection and treatment of complications.

Source: World Health Organization