Cases of diabetes have doubled in Kenya, warn experts

Miriam Ndege from Kenya Diabetes Management and information Centre (left) does a medical test to Fredrick Njuguna during the World Health Day 2016 at Silver springs Hotel Nairobi on April 7, 2016. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Today, one in every 17 Kenyans has diabetes, and 12,890 people in the country died from both diabetes and high blood glucose in 2014.
  • Globally, the number of adults living with diabetes has almost quadrupled to 422 million in 2014 from 108 million in 1980, with most living in developing countries.
  • According to experts, sedentary lifestyles, stress, being overweight and obese are some of the factors driving this dramatic rise.

The prevalence of diabetes in Kenya has more than doubled in the last three decades, accounting for 20 per cent of deaths in the country.

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