Diabetes currently affects more than 300 million people worldwide. A further 350 million are at high risk of developing diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation predicts that by 2030, close to half a billion people will live with diabetes worldwide. Over the past 30 years the global figures for the number of people living with diabetes have skyrocketed, with severe consequences for healthcare budgets worldwide. Diabetes is one of several non-communicable diseases that threaten to overwhelm healthcare systems and are emerging as a serious barrier to economic development.
The World Diabetes Day campaign’s key messages are:
- Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs.
- Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to.
- Know how to manage diabetes and take control.
- Diabetes prevention and treatment are simple and cost-effective. Put them on top of the agenda.
- Know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Early diagnosis saves lives.
- Your child could be affected. Know the warning signs. See your doctor to measure the risk.
- Enjoy an active life and prevent complications.
Did you know?
- Every 10 seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes.
- Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes.
- Each year a further 7 million people develop diabetes
- Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of global death by disease.
- Each year 4 million deaths are attributable to diabetes
- All diabetes is on the rise
- Diabetes affects people of all ages
- Care for people with diabetes is best when a multidisciplinary approach is adopted involving health professionals from all areas
- Access to appropriate medication and care should be a right not a privilege
- Diabetes costs more than money
- Up to 60% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented
- Diabetes brings different challenges at different ages
- Diabetes hits the poorest hardest.