Diabetes: The epidemic of the 21st century – 10 facts about Diabetes

  • It is an epidemic disease affecting about 422 million people worldwide.
  • It is estimated that 10,3% of the Cyprus population suffers from Diabetes – that’s 90 thousand people.
  • Every 15 seconds, an amputation takes place somewhere in the world due to Diabetes complications.
  • Every 6 seconds, somewhere in the world a life is lost due to Diabetes.
  • Diabetes is thought to be the 7th leading cause of death worldwide by the year 2030.
  • Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 50% to 80% of deaths of people with Diabetes.
  • Failure to treat Diabetes in an early stage may cause foot complications.
  • Diabetes may be the main cause of vision loss, amputation and kidney failure.
  • Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and family history contribute to the development of the disease.
  • Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented.
  • 1 in 2 people with Diabetes do not know they have it.
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