600 million people will have diabetes by 2035: Report

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Doha – A report on the prevalence of type-2 diabetes worldwide

released on Tuesday warned that an estimated 600 million people will

suffer from the disease by 2035 and has termed it as a "serious and

urgent" challenge.

The report – "Rising to the Challenge", was published at the World

Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) which kicked off on Tuesday and

said that the cost of direct healthcare for diabetes and its

complications was around 11 per cent of total healthcare costs

worldwide in 2014.

This, the report said was equivalent to $612 billion which is greater

than the entire GDP of countries such as Nigeria or Sweden.

"The report calls for policymakers to address the serious, urgent and

universal diabetes challenge. It highlights that an estimated 10 per

cent of the world's adult population – nearly 600 million people –

will suffer with the condition by 2035," a WISH statement said.

Experts said that diabetes currently "lacks" the public or political

priority that it should have and proposes three clinical goals for


"Improving disease management for people with diabetes to reduce

complication rates, establish effective surveillance to identify and

support those at risk of type 2 diabetes and deliver a range of

interventions to help create an environment focused on prevention,"

the report said while proposing three clinical goals.

The expert report also said that type-2 diabetes currently affects

about 350 million people worldwide while 80 per cent of the world's

diabetic population lives in countries where only 20 per cent of the

global budget for healthcare is spent.

"The health consequences of type 2 diabetes are more severe than often

recognised and include increased susceptibility to blindness, lower

limb amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke," the

report said.

Type-2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder where high levels of blood

sugar occur and if left untreated, it can cause heart attacks,

strokes, blindness and kidney failure.

The report aims to equip policymakers around the world with tools to

stem the tide of diabetes.

"Doing nothing is not an option, so it is vital that we share and

learn from best practice examples from around the world and put

interventions in place," said Stephen Colagiuri, Professor of

Metabolic Health at University of Sydney, Australia, who led the team

that published the report.

The report focuses on proposing actionable recommendations which

enable policymakers to improve disease management, increase effective

surveillance and implement prevention strategies, based on innovative

approaches from around the world.

This is one of eight reports being presented at the WISH Summit 2015

where leading international health experts, leaders and policymakers

are participating to discuss innovative solutions to some of the most

pressing global health challenges.

Credit: Khaleej Times

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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