World Health Day

World Health Day 2016: Together on the front lines against diabetes

MANILA, 7 April 2016 – On World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region stands with all Member States and partners to renew its commitment to advance the understanding of diabetes and calls on all communities across the Region to work together to effectively manage and prevent the disease.

Diabetes is one of the four major noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and its global prevalence has been steadily increasing in recent years. In the Western Pacific Region alone, it is estimated that 131 million people (8.4% prevalence) were living with diabetes in 2014.

World Health Day 2016

WHO/Q. Mattingly

This 7th of April, the WHO calls on all health care providers, partners, advocates and most importantly families to come together on the front lines against diabetes for World Health Day 2016.

The global prevalence of diabetes has been steadily increasing in the past few decades. In the Western Pacific Region alone, is estimated that 131 million people (8.4% prevalence) were living with diabetes in 2014.

Highlights


Below 6.1 mmol/L (110 mg/dL)

is the normal fasting blood sugar level

WHO (2006). Definition and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and intermediate hyperglycemia: report of a WHO/IDF consultation. Geneva World Health Organization


About 131 million

people in the Western Pacific Region had diabetes in 2014.


944 000 premature deaths

in the Western Pacific Region were attributed to high blood glucose in 2012.

Premature mortality is defined as unconditional deaths occurring between ages 30-70