Diabetes is the only significant noncommunicable disease for which the risk of dying early is going up rather than down, the World Health Organization chief said Wednesday.
"The need to take urgent action on diabetes is clearer than ever," said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus in a statement.
The WHO announced the launching of a new Global Diabetes Compact.
The compact aims to boost efforts to prevent diabetes and bring treatment to all who need it ̶ 100 years after discovering insulin, a medicine that helps balance the blood glucose levels of those with the disease.
"The number of people with diabetes has quadrupled in the last 40 years. It is the only major noncommunicable disease for which the risk of dying early is going up rather than down," Tedros said.