14 November 2014
Vientiane, 14th November 2014 - Most of us know someone who has diabetes; it is a disease that affects more than 347 million people worldwide and account for 1.5 million deaths in 2012 alone, with almost 80% of diabetes deaths occurring in low and middle income countries, frequently affecting those aged 35 to 64.
“The World Diabetes Day highlights the growing global problem of diabetes, where the increase is driven largely by the rise in overweight and obesity, affecting many people in their productive years and studies are showing that children are at an increasing risk of developing the disease” said Dr Juliet Fleischl, WHO Representative to Lao PDR.
Many countries are documenting higher number of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes particularly in younger children. The other type of diabetes, Type 2 has also been increasing reported in children and adolescents and is attributed to childhood obesity and physical inactivity.