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I posted some content recently on the alarming increase in the U.S. diabetes rate, and how it has been referred to in words as extreme as ‘pandemic.’

I came across a CNN article this morning which further discusses this sharp rate increase, and its international reach. According to the article, an estimated 350 million people worldwide have diabetes. These numbers are alarming, and indicate a diabetes rate that has doubled from 1980 to 2008.

According to recent research published in the Lancet, 70% of the increase can be blamed on population growth and aging, however 30% of the additional cases were caused by other risk factors such as increases in obesity.

It’s disconcerting to examine these numbers, even when attributing factors such as population growth and aging, but it’s yet another reminder that we are allowing a preventable disease to gain too much headway.

Read the full article from CNN here.