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Unhealthy Habits, Urbanization Driving Up Global Diabetes Incidence; U.N. Calls For Steps Toward Healthy Living On World Day

Financial Times: Rapid rise in diabetes linked to spread of urbanization
“What has caused global incidence of diabetes to more than double since 2000? The obvious answer is unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and the resulting obesity — one of the main risk factors behind the disease. But researchers say something else is also fueling the epidemic: urbanization…” (Ward, 11/14).

U.N. News Centre: On World Diabetes Day, U.N. calls for greater action to turn tide of growing global epidemic
“With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is emphasizing that people must take steps towards leading healthy lives while governments create conditions to stem the global epidemic…” (11/13).

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