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KKH provides information on diabetes on the occasion of World Diabetes Day
Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is on the rise worldwide. This development does not stop at Bavaria either, but the increase in illnesses here is below the national average, according to the press release from the Commercial Health Insurance Fund (KKH) on Monday. Accordingly, the number of affected KKH insured persons in Bavaria increased by 17.6 percent from 2006 to 2012, while an increase in illnesses of 27 percent was observed on a national average.
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day on November 14th, the KKH informed in its current newsletter about the development of worldwide diabetes cases and comes to the conclusion that "Diabetes is no longer only a growing problem in Western countries" . Because with the spread of the “modern” fast food culture, people around the world would have gained weight, which also entails an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. While around 371 million people are currently affected globally, experts from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimate that 435 million people will suffer from diabetes by 2030, reports the KKH.
The KKH has also compiled an international ranking of the countries with the most diabetes-related diseases, citing the IDF's figures. This puts China in first place with around 90 million diabetic people, India in second place (around 61 million diabetics) and the USA in third place (around 23 million diseases). According to the KKH, Germany follows "in twelfth place of the ominous statistics" (5.2 million diabetic patients). In relation to the population (about eight percent of Germans suffer from diabetes), the risk of illness in Germany is similarly high as in India. (fp)
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