Novel Ways to Assess the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Sought

Until fairly recently Type 2 diabetes was considered a major health issue only in developed countries. But there's been an increase in prevalence in developing countries. This has been attributed to rapid urbanisation, increased fast food consumption and general lack of exercise. The diabetes crisis is forecast to worsen. According to the International Diabetes Federation, African countries can expect an increase of up to 143% in the number of people with diabetes by 2045. Considering the influence our surrounding environment has on our health, scientists have begun exploring suggestions that treatment approaches, specific to population groups in a particular region, may be the future, particularly when it comes to lifestyle-oriented diseases writes Cecil Jack Weale for The Conversation Africa.

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A diabetes test (file photo).

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