Diabetes is a serious condition for the individual. There is also a serious concern at the global level.
The following facts and figures can testify the major concern:
- In 1998 an estimated 143 million people worldwide had diabetes
- In 1985 i.e. 13 years ago an estimated 30 million people worldwide had diabetes. This means that today the global prevalence of diabetes is almost five times as high as it was a little more than a decade ago.
- The number is expected to rise to almost 300 million by the year 2025
- This alarming increase is projected to occur because of population ageing unhealthy diet obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
- All over the world traditional lifestyles and dietary patterns that have sustained people over generations are disappearing. Socioeconomic realities mean that families are urbanized as they seek employment Rapid industrialization is taking its toll Diabetes will increasingly concentrate in urban areas in the future.
- An important contributing factor to the projected increase in diabetes is the situation in developing countries.