A new study by scientists in the United States has claimed that one in ten adults around the world will have developed diabetes by the year 2030.
The research, by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), also found that this dramatic increase in diabetes rates is expected to further block economic growth in the faster-growing global economies due to it killing a disproportionate amount of people in their most productive years. The rise has been driven most by adults in the 40 to 59 age group
IDF said that, as well as over 550 million adults in the world suffering from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes by 2030, a rise from the current level of 366 million, there could be as many as 183 million adults that are not aware they have the metabolic condition.
Jean Claude Mbanya, president of the IDF, which is based in Brussels and represents over 200 national diabetes associations, pointed out that “In every country and in every community worldwide, we are losing the battle against this cruel and deadly disease.”
A diet rich in fatty foods and a general lack of exercise are being blamed for the increase in diabetes rates, especially in countries such as China, which has the most diabetics in the world, thought to be around the 90 million mark.

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