According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people living with type 2 diabetes around the world is on the rise. From 1980 to 2014, this figure quadrupled to 422 million adults. The greatest rate increases were in North Africa, the Middle East, and Pacific Island nations.
According to WHO officials, these findings show an urgent need for public health agencies and medical practitioners to address unhealthy lifestyles and diets. Obesity is the most prominent risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and so far, attempts to control rising obesity rates have not proven to be successful.
These findings were published in The Lancet on April 7, 2016.