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World Health Day: Diabetes Soars in Developing Countries As Poor Undergo ‘Rapid Urbanization’

Diabetes has exploded in developing countries as poor workers go from hard labor to “sedentary lifestyles,” researchers say.

Diabetes robs the world of 3.7 million lives each year, imposing an $827 billion burden. The condition has been steadily increasing for the past three decades and research shows it is continuing to grow, most rapidly in low-income, developing countries.

Researchers from the World Health Organization on Wednesday released a report that shows that worldwide since 1980, the number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled from 108 million to 422 million in 2014.