The World Health Organization says nearly 1 in 11 adults around the world has diabetes.
In a major report today, the UN agency says cases have quadrupled to 422-million over the past 25 years. The WHO says high blood sugar levels are linked to 3.7 million deaths each year. The health body says diabetes triples the risk of heart attack and increases the risks of leg amputations, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and pregnancy complications.
Four decades ago, the highest rates of diabetes were in affluent countries. Now it’s low and middle income countries which are most affected.