The global prevalence of adult diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, World Diabetes Day, with the call to “eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged lowering the number of people living with diabetes – increasingly younger and poorer – by changing unhealthy lifestyles that include poor diets and a lack of exercise.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged global action to tackle diabetes, one of the most common non-communicable diseases and one which affects 350 million people worldwide – 80 per cent of them in developing nations.
Over 200 of the world’s most famous landmarks, including New York’s Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House, are lit up in blue today to mark the first United Nations World Diabetes Day which aims to raise awareness about this growing epidemic.
With more than 22 million children under the age of five either obese or overweight, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that they risk developing diabetes and must be helped.
With six people dying every minute from diabetes-related illnesses, the United Nations health agency today launched a major preventive campaign for low- and middle-income countries and communities based on simple lifestyle adjustments such as a healthy diet and physical activity, often combined with medication.
The number of diabetes cases across the developing world could more than double over the next 30 years, but tough action would dramatically slow that increase, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.