A new survey has indicated that the number of people suffering from diabetes across the world has more than doubled in recent decades, with changing lifestyle factors singled out as the primary cause.
According to research conducted by Imperial College London (ICL) and published in The Lancet, around 347 million people worldwide had acquired the condition by 2008 - as opposed to 153 million in 1980.
"Our study has shown that diabetes is becoming more common almost everywhere in the world. This is in contrast to blood pressure and cholesterol, which have both fallen in many regions," said ICL's Professor Majid Ezzati.
Blood sugar data from over 2.5 million people aged under 25 was analysed as part of the study in order to gauge global prevalence. The proportion of women with diabetes surged by 23 per cent during the timeframe examined.
Last week, experts from Newcastle University claimed some cases of type-2 diabetes can be reversed by embarking on a stringent low-calorie diet.