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Deutsche Bank Research – Diabetes – the price of increasing prosperity

Deutsche Bank Research – Diabetes – the price of increasing prosperity, August 5, 2009

  • “Diabetes is spreading fast. Over the past ten years the number of diabetes patients (with considerably higher blood glucose levels than in healthy persons) has risen by 5% p.a. to approx. 250 million. The disease affects all regions of the world but the share of diabetes patients in the overall population is particularly high in the eastern Mediterranean countries and the Middle East (9%), in North America (8%) and in Europe (7%). Ageing, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet are driving forces. Three main risk factors are largely responsible for the rapid increase in diabetes: a diet too rich in carbohydrates, ageing societies throughout the world and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. This applies above all to the advanced emerging markets, North America and Europe, where fast food and sweet drinks are becoming ever more popular and manual labour is increasingly being replaced by machines.”
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