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)

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    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.

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