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Business and Diabetes: Why It Matters

Diabetes onset occurs when the body fails to produce or effectively use insulin, resulting in raised glucose levels in the blood, also known as hyperglycemia. Improperly managed, the disease has deadly and debilitating consequences. The same risk factors for diabetes also contribute to the three other major non‐communicable diseases (NCDs): cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic respiratory illness. Such chronic diseases have recently been recognized as a critical public health issue in developing countries.

  • More than 220 million people worldwide have diabetes
  • Over 80 percent of deaths occur in low and middle-income countries
  • Risk factors are both genetic (insulin gene) and modifiable (obesity and elevated blood pressure)
  • In 2010, the burden of diabetes on the world economy reached an estimated $376 billion (USD)
  • Businesses can mitigate the burden of diabetes and other NCDs through workplace and community programs, by using core competencies and by engaging in advocacy efforts.

Read more in GBCHealth's Issue Brief: Business and Diabetes: Why It Matters