Diabetes could double worldwide by 2050

Status: 06/23/2023 11:54 AM

According to a study, the number of cases of diabetes will double by 2050. According to forecasts, 1.3 billion people worldwide will suffer from diabetes – primarily the preventable type 2.

Currently, more than half a billion men, women and children worldwide suffer from diabetes. According to a new study, that number will double to 1.3 billion by 2050.

The study, published in the medical journal The Lancet, says the incidence of diabetes will rise in every country in the world over the next 30 years if nothing is done.

The majority of cases of type 2 diabetes

According to the study, which was led by researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 96 percent of the 529 million people diagnosed now have type 2 diabetes — the obesity-related form of the disease that’s largely preventable. says researcher.

So the main risk of type 2 diabetes was a high body mass index (BMI). According to the study, it was responsible for about 52 percent of diabetes diseases and deaths in 2021. This is followed by risks from malnutrition, environmental and occupational hazards, tobacco consumption, low levels of physical activity and alcohol consumption.

Prevention and control complex

“The rapid increase in diabetes is not only worrying, but also a challenge for every healthcare system in the world,” said Lian Ong, lead author of the study, noting that diabetes also increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

“While the general public may think that type 2 diabetes is simply related to obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet, preventing and controlling diabetes is very complex due to a number of factors.”

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According to the researcher, these factors include the genetics of the person and the logistical, social and financial barriers within the structural system of the country. Supply is particularly difficult in low- and middle-income countries.


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