18.2m Africans will be diabetic by 2030 – WHO

As part of effort to wipe out diabetic completely, following predictions that over 18.2 million Africans, including an estimated 4.8 million Nigerians, may become diabetic by 2030, World Health Organization, WHO, has called for prioritization of actions to prevent people becoming overweight and obese, beginning before birth and in early childhood.

Currently, of the 7 million persons that are diabetic in Africa, 1.7 million are Nigerians, but as a result of adoption of Westernized dietary habits, physical inactivity leading to overweight and obesity, the burden of the disease that has silently been on the increase over the years is expected to explode over the next decade.

According to the latest WHO data, 422 million adults have diabetes while 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year. The WHO fact sheet on diabetes shows that 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years is overweight and 1 in 10 is obese.

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