Worldwide epidemic of diabetes brought about by obesity and lifestyle changes

 
Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce or use insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas) correctly.
 
Diabetic complications include blindness, heart disease and neurological complications.
 
The incidence of diabetes is growing rapidly due to increasing obesity and lifestyle changes. Indeed, recent figures suggest that 25% of Americans over 65 are diabetics and the total number in the USA is in excess of 17 million. Figures are similar for the EU. Most diabetics treat their disease by taking insulin and testing their blood sugar levels daily.