December 1, 2011

We’ve all heard that U.S. citizens, as a whole, are getting larger. What we don’t typically hear about is that diabetes is also on the rise worldwide and reaching epidemic proportions. A HealthDay News report states that 366 million people are now suffering from diabetes. 4.6 million deaths are caused by the disease each year.

This year, the UN held a summit on diabetes to help mount a global drive to combat the disease. It marks just the second time that the United Nations has held a summit on a health-related issue. The first one, in 2001, set goals to treat the HIV/AIDS crisis.

To find out more about this startling health trend, read this article from