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10 facts on the state of global health

Preerada Quanpet tests her blood sugar levels regularly
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Almost 1 in 10 adults has diabetes

Almost 10% of the world’s adult population has diabetes, measured by elevated fasting blood glucose (≥126 mg/dl). People with diabetes have increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Deaths due to diabetes have been increasing since the year 2000, reaching 1.5 million deaths in 2012.

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