World health Day is celebrated on 7th April to spread awareness about global health issue. It is an initiative of the World Health Organization and is observed by all its member states. In April 2016, WHO published the Global report on diabetes, which calls for action to reduce exposure to the known risk factors for type 2 diabetes and to improve access to and quality of care for people with all forms of diabetes. Here are some of the facts released by WHO on diabetes:
Fact 1: About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes.
Fact 2: Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world.
Fact 3: People with diabetes can live long and healthy lives when their diabetes is detected and well-managed.
Fact 4: Diabetes is an important cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
Fact 5: India among top 3 countries with high diabetic population.
Fact 6: Nearly 8.2 percent of the adult male population in India suffered from diabetes whereas 6.8 percent of adult women were diabetic.
Fact 7: The states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat had the highest prevalence of diabetes in India.
Fact 8: WHO estimated the number of diabetes patients is likely to rise to 101 million in India by 2030.
Fact 9: Humans aren’t the only animals that can suffer from diabetes. Male cats and female dogs are more likely to develop the condition than their counterparts.
Fact 10: Diabetes has plagued humankind for thousands of years, and was described in ancient Egyptian manuscripts dating back to 1550 B.C.
Written By: Anirban Majumdar