Diabetes: The next global challenge

Diabetes is a growing health challenge that has raised concerns among policymakers. The World Health Organisation says that 422 million adults have diabetes worldwide and projects that this chronic disease will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.

People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke if the disease is left undiagnosed or poorly controlled.

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to tackle the issue by taking preventive measures based on healthier lifestyles while e-health practices increasingly gain ground in policymaking.

E-health is considered a promising step to help EU health systems survive in the long run, but issues like the collection of patients’ “big data” are expected to heat up the debate.

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