Around 25,000 people in Luxembourg are thought to be living with either type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, equivalent to 4.3% of the population.
According to Luxembourg’s health ministry, the figure has practically quadrupled since 1980, due in large part to obesity and our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. What is worse is that in 1 in 4 adult cases, the patient is not even aware they have it.
These and other figures were published by Luxembourg’s health ministry to mark world diabetes day on 14 November.
“If we want to prevent this illness further developing, in particular type 2, we must rethink our daily lives, that means by adopting a healthy diet, doing regular physical exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and stopping smoking,” minister Lydia Mutsch said in a statement.
To mark the world day, the ministry launched an awareness campaign about testing procedures aimed particularly at women. Around 199 million women globally are living with diabetes, the ministry said. Meanwhile diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women.
On Tuesday, information stands about diabetes will be hosted at the Hospital Robert Schuman in Kirchberg from 11am to 4pm and at the Centre hospitalier du nord in Ettelbruck and Wiltz.