26 Jun '11, 3am

Number of adults worldwide with diabetes doubles since 1980 to an estimated 347 million: Study

Number of adults worldwide with diabetes doubles since 1980 to an estimated 347 million: Study

A woman injects herself with insulin. The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980 to 347 million. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON - THE number of adults worldwide with diabetes has more than doubled in three decades, jumping to an estimated 347 million, a new study says. Much of that increase is due to ageing populations - since diabetes typically hits in middle age - and population growth, but part of it has also been fuelled by rising obesity rates. With numbers climbing almost everywhere, experts said the disease is no longer limited to rich countries and is now a global problem. Countries in which the numbers rose fastest include Cape Verde, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. 'Diabetes may well become the defining issue of global health for the next decade,' said Majid Ezzati, chair of global environmental health at...

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