What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.

Sometimes people call diabetes “a touch of sugar” or “borderline diabetes.” These terms suggest that someone doesn’t really have diabetes or has a less serious case, but every case of diabetes is serious.

DIABETES: PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

 

Since diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure and early death, Life Transformation For Africa Initiative has made it one out of her many responsibilities to promote good health and personal wellness through advocacy and outreach

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1 in 11 adults (20-79 years) have diabetes (463 million people)

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1 in 5 people with diabetes are above 65 years old (136 million people)

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10% of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes (USD760 billion)

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1 in 6 live births (20 million) is affected by hyperglycaemia in pregnancy, 84% of which have gestational diabetes

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3 in 4 (79%) of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries

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Over 1.1 million children and adolescents below 20 years have type 1 diabetes

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1 in 13 adults (20-79 years) have impaired glucose tolerance (374 million people)

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2 in 3 people with diabetes live in urban areas (310.3 million)

KEY FIGURES

from the IDF Diabetes Atlas 9th edition

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