April 7 is World Health Day and in 2016 the focus is on diabetes. To celebrate, the team from NCDFREE have put together this infographic outlining the major challenges and solutions for this global burden.

“The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980” says the World Health Organization today. In 2015, 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries, are affected. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity.”

“The epidemic of diabetes has major health and economic impacts. Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012. Higher-than-healthy blood glucose caused an additional 2.2 million deaths by increasing the risks of cardiovascular and other diseases. Many of these deaths (43%) occur prematurely, before the age of 70 years, and are largely preventable through adoption of policies to create supportive environments for healthy lifestyles and better detection and treatment of the disease.”