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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a common condition where there is too much of the sugar called glucose in the blood, because the body is unable to convert it into energy in the normal way. In almost all cases, this is because not enough insulin is produced by the body.

 

Worldwide, 371 million people are currently living with diabetes, and this population will grow to 552 million before 2030, Egypt occupies the 8th rank among top 10 countries/territories for people with Diabetes (20-79 years) with 7.5 million patients.1

Two types of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which attacks and destroys the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Patients suffer from a total absence of insulin production and secretion.

Type 2 diabetes develops over time as insulin secretion deteriorates. Although the pancreas does produce insulin, quantities produced are insufficient to control glycemia adequately. People who have diabetes run the risk of developing serious health problems such as blindness, renal failure, heart attacks, strokes, impotence and amputation. At present, 194 million diabetics are on record, i.e. six times as many as 15 years ago. Forecasts for 2025 cite 300 million diabetics.


1 International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition

Updated March 02, 2015