DIABETES is an escalating health crisis, and diabetes-induced illnesses and deaths are a major concern – with 4.6 million people dying globally each year.
The International Diabetes Federation estimated that 466 million individuals worldwide suffered from diabetes, and this number would surge to 522 million by 2030.
Africa faces a challenge with 14.7 million diabetic cases being reported in sub-Saharan Africa, and this is following a rapid upward trajectory. The federation forecasts a doubling in the prevalence of diabetes in Africa between 2011 and 2030.
The UN General Assembly in 2011 declared that the prevalence of diabetes had reached “epidemic proportions”. On World Diabetes Day today, we are once again reminded of the urgent need to address the devastating negative impact diabetes has on societies, health-care systems and economies. Diabetes is closely associated with heart diseases. It is also linked with several cancers, degenerative disorders, blindness, lower extremity amputation, damages to the retina and nerves involved in sensation, movement and organ function.