20 Facts About Diabetes.

1. Reports of type 2 diabetes in children, previously rare, have increased worldwide. In some countries, it accounts for almost half of newly diagnosed cases in children and adolescents.

2. There are 3 main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

3. Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes.

4. Type 2 diabetes is managed by diet, exercise and sometimes medication and insulin.

5. 90% of people with diabetes have type 2.

6. Approximately 850,000 people in the UK have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

7. Worldwide, diabetes affects around 370 million adults worldwide.

8.China has the largest diabetes population, with 90 million sufferers, followed by India with 61.3 million and then the USA with 23.7 million.

9. Men have a higher risk of death from diabetes than women.

10. Researchers found that every two hours spent watching television was associated with a 14% increase in diabetes risk.

11.Experts report that diabetes decreases life expectancy by 5 to 10 years.

12.Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults.

13. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.

14. Being physically active and moving more each day not only reduces your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can also manage your stress levels and improve your mood.

15.  You have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes if you are of Black or South Asian background.

16. The majority of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.

17. The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes is expected to double by 2030.

18. Side effects of type 2 diabetes can include:   Strokes, Kidney Disease, Foot Problems, Skin Issues, Dental Disease, Nervous System Complications etc.

19. People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as people without.

20. Approx 73,000 lower limb amputations were performed in diabetics age 20 and older.





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