International Prevalence of Diabetes
Written by Faith Anderson on September 14, 2011
Global Plan to Fight Non-Communicable Diseases
These findings were released six days before world leaders are scheduled to meet at the United Nations in New York to discuss a global plan to fight non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart attack. In a draft political declaration, governments asserted that surging rates of chronic illnesses threaten economic growth and undermine social and economic development. “Diabetes is a massive challenge the world can no longer afford to ignore,” said Jean Claude Mbanya, president of the International Diabetes Federation. “The clock is ticking for the world’s leaders. We expect action from their meeting next week at the UN that will halt diabetes’ relentlessly upwards trajectory.”
Worldwide Response to Diabetes Problem Expected
The International Diabetes Federation, an umbrella group of more than 200 national associations, estimates the annual death toll from diabetes to be a shocking 4.6 million people. Even more alarming, it is estimated that four out of every five people with the disease live in developing countries, with most affected women and men being of working age, the federation reported last year. The UN meeting, which takes place on September 19 and 20, aims to encourage a “whole of government and whole of society” response to non-communicable diseases, including a reduction in diabetes risk factors like unhealthy diets and smoking.