Half a billion people suffer from diabetes. Many do not know – Wel.nl

Worldwide, nearly half a billion people are affected by diabetes. More than half of them are unaware that they have the disease, it shows New research That The Lancet Began to emerge.

The researchers examined data from 680,000 people aged 25 to 64 in 55 countries. 37,000 of them are diabetics. More than half of this group were unaware that they were ill. Nine out of ten diabetics had type 2, which is due to unhealthy lifestyle and especially overweight.

In the past, diabetes was a problem mainly in Western countries, but due to dietary changes, the disease is also on the rise in Asia and Africa. “The number of diabetics is exploding everywhere. Eighty percent of all patients live in low- or middle-income countries,” said David Floyd, a researcher at the University of Michigan.

There are plenty in the Netherlands 1.2 million people with diabetes. 250,000 of them are unaware that they have the disease. Untreated diabetes triples the risk of heart attack and increases the risk of stroke, kidney failure and damage to the nervous system. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive urination, excessive thirst, poor eyesight and fatigue.

Bron (Nen): Newsweek
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