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Diabetes kills 1.5 million people every year worldwide
More than 80% of deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries
Our Region has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world
43 millionpeople in our Region have diabetes

Diabetes is preventable

Interventions to promote healthy diet and physical activity have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes among people at high risk.

Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is treatable

Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications.

Increasing access to diagnosis and affordable treatment, including patient education for self-care, are vital components for the response.