Magazine article Geographical

Healthy Futures

Magazine article Geographical

Healthy Futures

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The numbers surrounding diabetes are just staggering. One in every 17 adults on the planet has the condition (one in 18 in the UK). Twelve per cent of all global health expenditure goes towards treatments, including nearly [pounds sterling]10billion or ten per cent of NHS spending (rising to 17 per cent by 2035) in England and Wales. And yet, somehow, diabetes only seems to hover around the edges of the general public's consciousness. It seeps under the radar, crowded out by headlines dominated by more immediate pandemics. We know diabetes exists, we think it's somehow related to our poor diets and non-physical lifestyle choices, but unless we're directly affected we don't really understand the specific ins and outs, the potentially life-ruining complications that can arise, the physical disabilities it can cause. Nor do we properly appreciate the truly worldwide nature of this beast, the understanding that diabetes is a global issue, not just an illness of the West, and one that requires massive efforts to bring under control. …

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