Greece witnesses sharp rising in type 2 diabetes cases

09:01, November 11, 2009      

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With dire estimates about the present and equally alarming predictions about the future, the Hellenic Diabetes Association unites its voice with other international organizations in the fight against the illness ahead of the World Diabetes Day which is celebrated on November 14.

Almost one in ten Greeks suffers from type 2 diabetes today, after a 16 percent raise in the cases counted down between 2002-2006, according to a survey made by the Diabetes Department of the General Hospital of Nikaia in Piraeus and released by its director Alexis Sotiropoulos on Tuesday.

"We must drastically change our diet and take up regular exercise to avoid the worse", he stressed at the press conference in Athens, warning that if citizens of the world will not change their life styles worldwide more than 380 million people will be diabetics by the end of the following decade.

Hellenic Diabetes Association is taking part in the international awareness campaign which this year is titled "Understand Diabetes and Take Control".

Source: Xinhua
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