The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a report for World Health Day (April 7th) that says the world faces an ‘unrelenting march’ of diabetes. The disease, which affects nearly 1 in 11 adults, will increase unless ‘drastic action’ is taken according to WHO.
The report talks about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and says the biggest increase is in Type 2, the form closely linked to diet and lifestyle. An estimated 422 million people were living with diabetes in 2014 compared to 108 million in 1980.
The vast majority of people in the world with diabetes have Type 2, which is caused by being overweight and inactive. Combatting the rise in diabetes is vital as it is the eight biggest killer in the world.
“If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.
The research for SignHealth’s Sick Of It report found that almost one in twelve Deaf people had higher than normal blood sugar levels, a warning sign for diabetes. That figure is nearly four times the rate of pre-diabetic cases in the rest of the population.
That’s why SignHealth has created BSL videos on diabetes which you can watch here.
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