World Health Organization named bitter facts about diabetes

Diabetes was given its name by the Greek Physician Aretaeus (30-90CE). He recorded a disease with symptoms such as constant thirst (polydipsia), excessive urination (polyuria) and loss of weight. He named the condition ‘diabetes’, meaning ‘a flowing through.

What was quite rare in becoming more common.

“Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980,” the United Nation’s health agency, the World Health Organization  said in its first-ever report on the disease, warning that the condition had spread because of worldwide changes “in the way people eat, move and live”.


Key facts

  • The number of people with diabetes has risen 4 fold in 34 years (from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014)
  • The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has almost doubled (from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014)
  • Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries
  • In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes
  • Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose
  • Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years.
  • WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030
  • The region worst affected, with 131 million estimated cases in 2014, was the WHO’s Western Pacific region, which includes China and Japan.
  • The Southeast Asia region, which includes heavily populated India and Indonesia, was the next most affected, with 96 million cases.
  • Europe and the Americas were third and fourth on the list, with 64 million and 62 million cases respectively.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of
  • Blindness
  • kidney failure
  • heart attacks
  • stroke
  • lower limb amputation


Source :  First Ever World Health Organization Report On Diabetes, May 2016 Read more here