1. EPIDEMIC

    368 Million Have Diabetes

    A volunteer uses glucometer to test the blood sugar level of a man at a free diabetes check-up camp to mark World Diabetes Day, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Diabetes is an illness which occurs as a result of problems with the production and supply of insulin in the body. According to International Diabetes Federation, about 285 million people around the world have diabetes. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)

    Pavel Rahman / AP Photo

    Diabetes kills one person every seven seconds, and 386 million people worldwide have the disease, according to new estimates by the International Diabetes Federation released Tuesday. The number is a significant increase from 2009, when an estimated 285 million people suffered from the disease. Global health-care spending for diabetes is $465 billion, but the federation says the increasing numbers should spur even more action. “Diabetes is a massive challenge the world can no longer afford to ignore,” the group’s president said. World leaders are convening Sept. 19 and 20 at the United Nations to discuss the disease.

    Read it at Bloomberg