World Health Day 2016: The Rise Of Diabetes

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422 million people worldwide now have diabetes and the WHO is calling for action

It's World Health Day 2016 today, and the WHO is focusing on diabates - releasing a global report on diabetes and pushing for more education, prevention and activism worldwide. Cases have actually quadrupled since the 1980s and the bulk of sufferers now reside in 'developing' countries. This represents a huge challenge.  

Here's a run down of some facts:

Around 422 million people are currently living with diabetes, that's 1 in 11 people. this could double within 20 years

Diabetes was linked to 1.5 million deaths in 2012. A further 2.2 million deaths were linked to high blood glucose levels and associated disease