10 facts about diabetes

10 facts about diabetes

Diabetes: The 21st century epidemic


  • It is an epidemic that affects about 347 million people worldwide.
  • In Cyprus, it is estimated that 11% of the population suffers from diabetes.
  • Every 15 seconds somewhere in the world there is a mutilation due to complications of uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Diabetes is predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death in the world by the year 2030.
  • Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 50% to 80% of deaths in people with diabetes.
  • Early treatment of chronic diabetes can cause leg complications.
  • Diabetes may be the main cause of blindness, amputation and renal failure.
  • Obesity, sedentary life and family history contribute to the development of the disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
  • One third of people with diabetes do not know they suffer from it.

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