Zimbabwe records 100 000 diabetes cases last year

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By Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe recorded about 100 000 diabetes cases last year, attributed to unhealthy snacking and poor lifestyles which has resulted in the country being named one of the heavily burdened countries in the region.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), worldwide, around 15.5 million adults aged 20 to 79 years are living with diabetes with over two-thirds or 69.2 percent of them unaware of their condition.
In a statement, Novartis Africa chief scientific officer and medical director Dr Nicola Lister said given the increase in new cases, Zimbabweans should consider adjusting their lifestyles.
Dr Lister said diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.
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