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Diabetes

Facts

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MILLION

adults worldwide have diabetes

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MILLION

people with diabetes expected by 2040

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MILLION

deaths due to diabetes and the complications of high blood glucose

The percentage of these who are undiagnosed 0%

That's an increase of 0%

The percentage of these caused by diabetes 0%

Cause of death

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th

diabetes - fifth most common cause of death in the world.

Life Expectancy

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years

for type 1 diabetes

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years

for type 2 diabetes

References: WHO 2016 Diabetes report, diabetes.co.uk, www.diabetes.org.uk

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Diabetes is a chronic disease in which insulin production and/or tissue sensitivity to insulin is impaired. As a result, circulating blood sugar (glucose) levels rise (i.e. hyperglycemia, an excess of sugar in the bloodstream).

Normally, when we eat or drink, the carbohydrates in our diet are digested and broken down into small sugar molecules called glucose. Glucose is then absorbed into the bloodstream, so that it can supply energy to various tissues and organs throughout the body, especially the muscles, brain and liver cells. The amount of glucose produced from a particular food or drink depends on its glycemic index. Examples of food containing carbohydrates include starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, pasta, oats, fruits and vegetables.

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Trusted sources

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