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Diabetes prevalence in Americas tripled in 30 years

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 25 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2868
  1. Luke Taylor
  1. Bogotá

The number of adults with diabetes in the American continents has more than tripled in the past three decades, said a report from the Pan American Health Organization.1

Poor lifestyle habits were driving the surging prevalence of the disease and have led to the region recording the highest number of years of healthy life lost through either diabetes induced disability or premature death in the world, PAHO’s report said. Obesity, poor diet, and a lack of physical activity particular factors behind the increase, it found.

Two thirds of adults in the Americas were overweight or obese, and just 60% got …

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