The global rise of diabetes—and how to prevent it

Diabetes is a serious problem that affects hundreds of millions worldwide, and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death.

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Diabetes is a serious problem that affects hundreds of millions worldwide, and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death*. Also accelerating is the number of people with pre-diabetes, a little-known condition where the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is raising awareness of this global epidemic, along with the good news that prevention is possible with lifestyle changes and monitoring.

*WHO Diabetes Fact sheet, July 2017