522 Million People Could Have Diabetes By 2030

An aging population and demographic changes could mean that one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030.

The latest statistics from the International Diabetes Federation estimate that 522 million people will have diabetes, either Type 1 or Type 2, in the next two decades.

The group expects the number of cases to jump by 90 percent even in Africa, where infectious diseases have previously been the top killer.

According to the World Health Organization, there are about 346 million people worldwide with diabetes, with more than 80 percent of deaths occurring in developing countries. The agency projects diabetes deaths will double by 2030.

Most cases of diabetes are Type 2, the kind that mainly hits people in middle age, and is linked to weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.

WHO says a substantial number of future cases are preventable.


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  • by Curious on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Wonder what pharm company makes the most prescribed diabetes medicine ? Going to invest heavily !!
  • by uh Location: enc on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    With the government-backed "heart-healthy" food marketing empire, which sells whole grains and simultaneously markets cholesterol lowering meds, of course diabetes is increasing. Animal fats are not bad.. it's the sugar and carbs. What lowers sugar and carbs? What you eat and what you do. We do not need all these grain muffins, trail mixes, and energy drinks, and cholesterol is NOT associated with heart disease.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 14, 2011 at 02:48 AM
    Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes. And diabetes is a leading cause of blindness that can be prevented. Take a look around at people and take a good look at yourselves. Push away from the table, stop living on fast foods, and get off the sofa. A little hard work won't hurt either.
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      by ? on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to Mike
      Except that people don't care about facts, the report could read "you will die" and people will still do it. They like to use the old "it's a free country" argument to validate why it's okay to be morbidly obese and then complain/whine/sue when they develop a horrible disease like diabetes. Sorry, but I don’t have any sympathy for people like that.
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      by A Little Wiser Than You on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:16 AM in reply to Mike
      Yep exactly, those that are rowing this boat (a little pun intended) could care less. A large majority are likely on welfare and medicaid and have never lifted a finger except to stuff another big mac in their face.
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      by Fourester on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:27 PM in reply to Mike
      I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2008 weighing in at 172 lbs., 10 more than when I graduated high school 25 years before. No family history, no infections, and a good diet and regular exercise. Being overweight does not cause diabetes. If it did, the rate of diabetes would be higher than the rate of obesity in the US. It is not. Being overweight can cause insulin resistance which mimics the symptoms of diabetes. Lose the weight, lose the diabetes. I am now at 140 lbs., less than I weighed as a freshman in HS, 31 years ago. It has helped, but I am still on meds and low carb diet. It will always be that way until they find a cure.
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