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Thursday 7 April 2016: World Health Day

04 Apr 2016 | By Inserm (Newsroom) | International | International day

Celebrated on 7 April next, World Health Day will be devoted to diabetes this year. The incidence of diabetes is growing rapidly worldwide, and more particularly in developing countries. In 2014, 8.5% of the adult population was diabetic.[1]

According to WHO, this chronic disease will be the 7th leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.

World Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness among the public authorities, the health authorities and the general public about the growth of diabetes, and to strengthen prevention and care.

Recently, researchers from Joint Research Unit 1190 “Translational Research for Diabetes” (Lille University/Inserm/Lille Regional University Hospital), led by François Pattou, have demonstrated that simple dietary measures, such as reducing one’s simultaneous intake of sugar and salt, which mimics the effect of the obesity surgery known as “gastric bypass,” could contribute to diabetes prevention.

For your interviews and reporting requirements, you can find all specialist contacts at Inserm in the “Diabetes press-kit” available as a download opposite.

[1] Source : WHO

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