Adults With Diabetes Skyrockets To 422 Million Globally, And It’s Being Blamed On Poor Diets

April 6, 2016  |  

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According to a new study published in the Lancet journal by the World Health Organization, between the years of 1980 and 2014, the number of adults who have diabetes has quadrupled to a whopping 422 million. It is not only becoming more and more prevalent in the States, but is also turning into a major issue in poor countries as well. The rapid increase in Type 2 diabetes is being blamed on our diets and limited active lifestyles. With World Health Day tomorrow, it was important for WHO to get the word out.

Data from around 4.4 million adults of all different ages from all different regions was studied. The study found that while diabetes numbers have risen for both men and women of diverse backgrounds, it’s becoming more common for men, and numbers are growing rapidly in countries that are low and middle income. That includes China, Mexico and India.

The smallest growth in adults with diabetes came from northwestern Europe, while the largest jump happened in Pacific Island nations. Most alarming was the fact that half of all of the adults found to have diabetes in 2014 actually came from just five places: China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, and yes, the United States. For some reason, rates more than doubled in both India and China from 1980 to 2014.

The World Health Organization’s director-general, Margaret Chan, found the results alarming. With one out of 12 people in the world having the long-term condition now, she said we need to have serious conversations around the world about our diets and our lifestyle in general.

In a statement she said, “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.”

She continued, “Even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure that people are able to make these healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose and treat people with diabetes.”

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