WHO is marking this year’s World Health Day by calling for action on diabetes. The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. In its “Global Report on Diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease. According to WHO, healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes which comprises the majority of people with diabetes around the world and is largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity.
WSMI and its members around the world are working with governments and other stakeholders in health to help adopt measures and policies which motivate people to practice “self-care” and encourage the practice of healthy lifestyles to help tackle the chronic non-communicable diseases epidemics through prevention. According to WHO, non-communicable diseases kill 38 million people each year and diabetes accounts for 1.5 million of those premature deaths.