Diabetes kills 3.4 million people every year: WHOListen /
Nearly 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The United Nations health agency estimates that 3.4 million people die of diabetes every year, and almost 80 per of the deaths occur in developing countries.
Tarik Jasarevic is WHO spokesperson in Geneva.
"WHO projects that diabetes deaths will increase by two thirds until 2030. It is a chronic disease but it can be reduced very much by having appropriate lifestyle, reduction of use of alcohol, quitting to smoke, having a healthy diet and physical activity. So it is getting bigger and countries are aware of it." (Duration: 17")
World Diabetes Day is observed on 14 November to raise global awareness of the disease and how to prevent it.
It marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best was in 1922, instrumental in the discovery of insulin, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.