Between 1980 and 2014, the number of people with diabetes increased from 108 million to 422 million. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through the reasons behind these incredible numbers and looks at what we can do to reduce the number of deaths related to diabetes. In 2015, around 1.6 million deaths were caused by diabetes and this figure is expected to double by 2030. Interestingly about 90%-95% of people with diabetes have type 2, and this can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes. There is then another issue with prediabetes, and as many as 1 in 3 American adults have it yet 90% of them don’t even know they have it.
The onset of type 2 diabetes can be prevented by losing weight if necessary, becoming more active, and starting a healthy diet. If you already have diabetes, it’s vital that you work with a healthcare professional on staying active and maintaining a healthy diet. Find out more in the infographic.