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Every year, on the 7th of April, the World Health Organization celebrates World Health Day. In 2016, the event aimed to raise awareness around Diabetes.
Diabetes can cause heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure amongst other things. It is a disease characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. Most people with the disease have Type 2 Diabetes, largely caused by an unhealthy diet and insufficient physical activity. It is believed that today more than one in three adults is overweight and more than one in ten is obese. The number of people living with diabetes is still on the rise across all regions of the world and demographics. According to the WHO, in 2014, 422 million adults (or 8.5% of the population) had diabetes, compared with 108 million (4.7%) in 1980.
A high proportion of diabetes cases are preventable through lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy body weight by eating a balanced diet, being knowledgeable of your sugar intakes, avoiding sitting down for long durations and engaging in a range of physical activities that suit you.
Make sure to check out the Public Health England and NHS Live Well, which are great sources of useful information and resources on a range of health issues.