South Africa

World Diabetes Day - Women and Diabetes - Our Right to a Healthy Future

According to WHO, around 8% of women - or 205 million women - live with diabetes worldwide. For women, the risk increases during pregnancy as high blood glucose substantially increases, leading to risks to the health of both mother and child as well as the risk of diabetes for the child in the future.

Most women from low-income companies suffering from high blood glucose die prematurely, before the age of 70 years.

In 2000, Africa had 7million people suffering from diabetes, with the WHO predicting the number to get to 18.2million in 2030. Photo: ihc/ istock

 

In 2000, Africa had 7million people suffering from diabetes, with the WHO predicting the number to get to 18.2million in 2030.

It is against this background that a petition was set up to call for the international community to address the epidemic in Africa.

Pr Sachs, Pr Marion Nestle, Pr Cynthia Fleury, Dr Olivier