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Health emergency in slow motion

We are facing a global pandemic of diabetes made worse by the unnecessary lack of insulin

By Jay Elwes   November 2011

Above: an insulin factory in Russia

There is a global diabetes pandemic. The disease already kills an estimated 3.2m people every year worldwide—more than Aids—and the numbers are set to rise dramatically. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 285m adults had diabetes in 2010; by 2030, this will be 438m, or 7.8 per cent of the adult population. Diabetes comes in two varieties: type 1, which is congenital; and type 2, which can be brought on by factors such as lifestyle. According to the IDF: “type 2 diabetes constitutes about 85 to 95 per cent of all diabetes in…

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