The World Health Organization recently released a report on diabetes, stating that an estimated 422 million adults were diabetic in 2014. The report calls upon governments to increase prevention and treatment. The rise can be partly attributed to the increase in obesity and the lack of physical activity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of adults in the United States with diabetes has almost quadrupled, from 5.5 million in 1980 to 29.1 million in 2014, or 9.3 percent of the population.
Over 2.3 million adults in California report they were diagnosed with diabetes, or 1 out of every 12, according to a 2014 report by the California Department of Public Health Chronic Disease Control Branch. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in California, and has been determined to be the underlying cause of death in almost 8,000 people each year.
Diabetes a potentially fatal disease whose risks can in many cases be prevented through lifestyle measures such as eating healthy, being physically active, and avoiding excessive weight gain.