September 13, 2011
One Person Dies From Diabetes Every Seven Seconds
Health officials said Tuesday that about 366 million people around the world suffer from diabetes and the global epidemic is getting worse.
The International Diabetes Federation said that one person dies from diabetes every seven seconds.
The federation called for concrete measures to stop the epidemic and has urged officials to focus on the chronic disease at a United Nations meeting next week to commit to specific targets to help prevent cases and invest in more research.
Experts also said diabetes should be integrated into local health clinics.
"The clock is ticking for the world's leaders," Jean Claude Mbanya, the group's president, said in a statement. "We expect action from their meeting next week at the United Nations that will halt diabetes' relentlessly upwards trajectory."
The International Diabetes Federation believes the disease causes 4.6 million deaths each year and that health systems spend $465 billion annually to try and fight the disease.
Type 1 diabetes affects children and young adults, while Type 2 diabetes is more common and is tied to obesity.
According to research firm IMS Health, global sales of diabetes medicines totaled $35 billion last year and could rise to as much as $48 billion by 2015.
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