Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Diabetes at a crisis point in Africa

Obesity is a major cause of diabetes

Diabetes is at a crisis point in Africa, but because of the lack of proper medical statistics, policy makers and health managers don't really accord it the urgent attention it needs.
A study published in the World Diabetes Atlas says that more than 80 percent of people living with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa do not know that they suffer from the disease. Sub-Saharan Africa has more than 15 million of the 371 million people living with diabetes in the world.
Can you imagine, the damage?  80% of sufferers ain't even aware they have the disease.
The World Diabetes Atlas study adds that the greatest number of people with diabetes are between the ages of 40 and 59.

Data source: VOA
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