World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

World Health Day 2016 poster: Beat diabetes

World Health Day 2016: Action needed to halt rise in diabetes

6 April 2016 -- The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. WHO is marking World Health Day, 7 April, by calling for action on diabetes. In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

WHO infographic on diabetes

Infographic: Diabetes is on the rise

7 April 2016 -- 422 million adults have diabetes. That is 1 person in 11. Diabetes can lead to complications in many parts of the body and increase the risk of dying prematurely. Key actions for everyone include: eat healthily, be physically active, avoid excessive weight gain, check blood glucose, follow medical advice.

Beat diabetes: Scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance

22 March 2016 -- The main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign are to increase awareness about the rise in diabetes, and its staggering burden and consequences, in particular in low- and middle-income countries; and to trigger a set of specific, effective and affordable actions to tackle diabetes. These will include steps to prevent diabetes and diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes.

A man takes care of his amputated leg.

Helping people with diabetes manage their health and lives in Brazil

4 April 2016 -- As it is in most countries around the world, diabetes is on the rise in Brazil. Efforts are being rolled out nationwide to help Brazilians with diabetes manage often debilitating health consequences and lead productive lives. WHO supports Brazil with these actions, helping health authorities implement programmes on prevention, diagnosis, early detection, and managing diabetes-related complications.

World Health Day 2016 posters

Posters: Stay super. Beat diabetes

25 February 2016 -- World Health Day 2016 is coming soon, 7 April, and will focus on ways to halt the rise of diabetes worldwide. WHO designed posters on diabetes for use around the world during this year's campaign. The poster visuals promote ways to “stay super” and “beat diabetes”.

fact buffet

422 millionAbout 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years.

What are the risks of diabetes in children?

1.5 millionIn 2012, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths. More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Fact sheet on diabetes

90%Type 2 accounts for around 90% of all diabetes worldwide. Reports of type 2 diabetes in children have increased worldwide.

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