Did you know...about 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is focusing 2016 World Health Day on diabetes because:
1. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing in many countries, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries.
2. A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.
3. Diabetes is treatable.
The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign are to increase awareness about the rise in diabetes and its staggering burden and consequences; and to trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. Please visit the campaign website for more information.