A shocking new statistic from the International Diabetes Federation shows that one in ten adults is expected to be diabetic by the year 2030.
The current statistic shows that about one in 13 adults has diabetes, and that figure includes both type one as well as type two diabetes.
Diabetes is defined as a disease resulting in dangerously high levels of glucose in the blood. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease often linked to genetics as well as environmental factors.
While type two diabetes is also believed to be a result of both genetic and environmental factors, it is often brought on by obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
Head of the World Health Organization, Gojka Roglic, points out the seriousness of the disease saying, "It's worrying because these people will have an illness which is serious, debilitating, and shortens their lives.”
But Roglic also offers a hopeful encouragement stating that a significant number of the projected cases are preventable, and mentions that “it doesn't have to happen if we take the right interventions."
The World Health Organization also expects the death rate from diabetes to double by 2030.
Of course, these numbers are only projections. As Roglic says, "It's a credible figure, but whether or not it's correct, we can't say."
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