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      Global and societal implications of the diabetes epidemic.

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      Sociology, Prevalence, Metabolic Syndrome X, Humans, Glucose Intolerance, Global Health, Forecasting, Disease Outbreaks, prevention & control, epidemiology, complications, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, etiology, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1, Child, Animals, Adult, Adolescent

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          Changes in human behaviour and lifestyle over the last century have resulted in a dramatic increase in the incidence of diabetes worldwide. The epidemic is chiefly of type 2 diabetes and also the associated conditions known as 'diabesity' and 'metabolic syndrome'. In conjunction with genetic susceptibility, particularly in certain ethnic groups, type 2 diabetes is brought on by environmental and behavioural factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, overly rich nutrition and obesity. The prevention of diabetes and control of its micro- and macrovascular complications will require an integrated, international approach if we are to see significant reduction in the huge premature morbidity and mortality it causes.

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          10.1038/414782a
          11742409

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