What is the global prevalence of glucose intolerance disorders?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population, and results in an estimated 1.5 million deaths each year. Higher-than-optimal blood glucose levels caused an additional 2.2 million deaths, by increasing the risks of cardiovascular and other diseases. Forty-three percent of these 3.7 million deaths occur before the age of 70 years. [20]


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