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Recognizing World Diabetes Day, News Outlets Examine Disease’s Rising Rates In Nigeria, Guatemala, China

Deutsche Welle: Diabetes on the rise in Nigeria
“…According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diabetes will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. … [M]any of those who have diabetes are poor Nigerians whose income is hardly sufficient to meet the expense needed to manage the disease. Dr. Adedoyin Ogunyemi, a public health physician, blames changing lifestyles, especially poor nutrition, as among the key factors responsible for the high rate of diabetes in Nigeria…” (Mwakideu, 11/14).

Global Health NOW: The People Behind the Numbers: Diabetes Lessons from Guatemala
“…Almost every week, it seems, new numbers are released telling us the situation is bad and only getting worse: 415 million people have diabetes around the world — 80 percent living in low- and middle-income countries — according to the International Diabetes Federation; others respond that these official figures may severely underestimate the diabetes burden; and earlier this year a study in the premiere diabetes journal concluded that the rate of diabetes is higher in poor countries, for reasons ill understood…” (Flood, 11/10).

Wall Street Journal: China’s Diabetes Problem: From 1% to 10% in 36 Years
“…About 10 percent of Chinese adults live with diabetes, and nearly half of all adults are prediabetic, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, according to the World Health Organization. That compares with a diabetes prevalence that was less than one percent in 1980. China’s rapid economic development and urbanization in the past three decades have created wealth and new lifestyles, including a growing love for fast food and sugary drinks. All of that has led to obesity and many health issues…” (Wang, 11/14).

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