World Health Day: Diabetes Stats

diabetesWorld Health Day is on April 7, and this year the World Health Organization is bringing attention to diabetes. Diabetes is common, but those who don’t have it know very little about it. For some people, living a healthy lifestyle prevents them from ever getting diabetes, for others the disease may be genetic, and there is no way to prevent it. Here are some stats that may make you rethink the disease.

  • 422 million people globally have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • 1.5 million have died from a diabetes-related issue in 2012
  • 86 million people in the United States are considered to be pre-diabetic
  • 69% of adults in the United States who are overweight or obese have a health issue that could lead to Type 2 diabetes
  • 8.1 million people in the United State are likely to have diabetes and haven’t been diagnosed
  • 23% of low-income countries have availability of insulin in public-funded health care facilities
  • The increased risk of death goes up to 50% for those with diabetes

Click here to read the full article on Huffington Post.