Beyond Sugar | Everything you need to know

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas cannot produce insulin, or when the body cannot use the insulin that is produced.

Just as we store food, the body stores glucose in muscles, fat and the liver. When the body is unable to use/produce insulin, our body’s blood sugar levels become raised, and we run the risk of developing Hyperglycaemia. Hyperglycaemia can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, which increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Diabetes affects more than 463 million people worldwide and is increasing, along with obesity. 40% of patients with heart failure also suffer from renal diseases.

Numbers Of The World

Diabetes - Numbers of the world

463 Million people live with DIABETES in the world

200 Million people with CHRONIC KIDNEY diseases in the world

17,7 Million deaths CARDIOVASCULAR diseases every year

40% of people with HEART FAILURE have RENAL DISEASES

Sources:

  1. https://www.idf.org/aboutdiabetes/what-is-diabetes/facts-figures.html. Revision 28, May 2020
  2. World Health Organization. WHO World Heart Day 2017: Scale up prevention of heart attack and stroke: World Health Organization; 2017 [cited 2018 Jul 25]. 1.Available at: http://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/world-heart-day-2017/en/. Eye A. Addressing the global burden of chronic kidney disease through clinical and translational research. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc 2014; 125:229-43; discussion 243-6. 2. International Diabetes Foundation. Diabetes Atlas Eighth Edition 2017 (p43). Available at https://www.idf.org/e-library/epidemiology-research/diabetes-atlas.html

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