Diabetes Rate Doubles Worldwide, Reveals Study

The scourge of diabetes has doubled in the last thirty years reveals a new study. In 1980, there were 153 million diabetics in the world which increased to about 347 million in 2008. The research was done by scientists at Harvard University and Imperial College London.

Lack of blood sugar control causes diabetes and this condition can lead to stroke and heart disease, and damage the eyes, nerves and kidneys. Diabetes takes a toll of about three million lives annually around the world.

The main factors behind the surge in diabetes are increasing body weight and lifespans. The researchers reveal diabetes has become common all over the world because it is hard to prevent and treat.

Nations in the Pacific Island are the worst affected by this dreaded disease. However, Western European countries have seen a much smaller rise in the number of their diabetes patients.

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