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Diabetes epidemic set to rise: WHO

World Health Organization intends to offer a significant platform for encouraging efforts to control diabetes

November 14th was World Diabetes Day and in order to mark the day, World Health Organisation is calling for greater action to control this epidemic.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and is poised to get much worse. Not only in the US, but more than two million Canadians also have the disease and it is estimated another five million, about 15 per cent of the country’s population, are “pre-diabetic” and an increasing, and worrying, number of them are young adults, and children.

James P. Boyle, PHD, Amanda A. Honeycutt, PHD, stated that in 1998, the number of people in the Unites States who were diagnosed with diabetes was estimated to be 10.4 million—representing an increase of 2.9 million diagnosed cases since 1980.

“It’s not just a trap, it’s a trap and a downward spiral,” said Assistant Professor of Medicine Osama Hamdy, a physician at Harvard-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center. He added that even a casual look at the years of research on the subject shows a slew of results on how lifestyle affects weight and how weight affects health.

WHO has also stated that it will focus on diabetes during the Organization’s annual World Health Day on April 7.

World Health Day intends to offer a significant platform for encouraging efforts to avoid diabetes and make sure that the most advantageous management is in place for people living with one of the various forms of disease.

Multiple actions can be taken to decrease the outcome of diabetes, through choosing healthy lifestyles, along with the government initiating a stronger action on curbing the marketing of unhealthy foods. Health organisations will also be pushed to ensure health systems and care for people living with the disease.

It is vital to know how to deal with diabetes by minimizing the risk of getting it and learning how to deal with it as the prevalence of diabetes increasing. That is why WHO is promoting efforts to highlight the disease on the next World Health Day, 7 April 2016.

The WHO will seek to boost knowledge about the rise in diabetes, and its confounding burden and penalty, especially in low-and middle-income countries.

It will also attempt to generate a set of detailed, effectual and reasonable actions to deal with diabetes. These will consist of steps to thwart diabetes and detect, treat and care for people suffering with diabetes.

WHO plans to launch the first global report on diabetes, which will explain the burden and impact of diabetes. The report will advocate for proper health systems to ensure improved scrutiny, better prevention and better management of diabetes.

Recently a target was set to reduce the deaths attributed to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, by one-third as part of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This is a effort to address various pressing issues and countries around the world have pledged to make progress, including addressing the diabetes epidemic. In order to help make efforts successful, WHO helps countries put in place policies to minimize the impact of NCDs, which include diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular and lung diseases.