Di­a­betes cost soars

The Courier-Mail - - WORLD -

NEW YORK CITY: The num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes has tripled since 2000, push­ing the global cost of the dis­ease $A1.2 tril­lion a year, med­i­cal ex­perts says.

The vast ma­jor­ity of those af­fected have type 2 di­a­betes – which is linked to obe­sity and lack of ex­er­cise – and the epi­demic is spread­ing par­tic­u­larly fast in poorer coun­tries as peo­ple adopt West­ern di­ets and ur­ban life­styles.

The lat­est es­ti­mates from the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion mean that one in 11 adults world­wide have the con­di­tion.

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