Diabetes Key Facts

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Diabetes Key Facts ::

  • Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism that among other things involves high blood glucose in the blood (bloodstream), caused by insufficient insulin activity in the body.

  • Diabetes currently affects 246 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 380 million by 2025.

  • In 2007, the five countries with the highest diabetes prevalence in the adult population are Nauru (30.7%), United Arab Emirates (19.5%), Saudi Arabia (16.7%), Bahrain (15.2%), and Kuwait (14.4%).

  • In 2007, the five countries with the largest numbers of people with diabetes are India (40.9 million), China (39.8 million), the United States (19.2 million), Russia (9.6 million) and Germany (7.4 million).

  • At least 50% of all people with diabetes are unaware of their condition. In some countries this figure may reach 80%.

  • Up to 80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity.

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