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Diabetes

13 September 2011

Global diabetes crisis: one death every 7 seconds

The number of people living with diabetes has soared to 366 million and the disease kills one person every seven seconds, experts have warned.

The number of people living with diabetes has soared to 366 million, and the disease kills one person every seven seconds, posing a "massive challenge" to healthcare systems worldwide, experts said on Tuesday.

The latest figures, unveiled at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) congress in Lisbon, underline the need for urgent action by governments at a UN meeting next week, according to top doctors in the field.

High-level United Nations meeting

The high-level United Nations meeting in New York on September 19-20 - only the second to focus on disease after one on Aids in 2001 - will consider what should be done to counter the growing problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes.

 

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