Poles among nations most at risk of diabetes: report
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Poland has the fourth-highest number of people with prediabetes, a condition that poses a risk of developing type-2 diabetes, a daily has reported, citing the International Diabetes Federation.
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It is estimated that some 5 million Poles have high blood glucose levels classed as prediabetes, the Rzeczpospolita daily reported. The exact number, however, is difficult to pinpoint as the condition shows no symptoms and can only be diagnosed with diabetic testing.
Prediabetes can develop into diabetes in just months, according to the daily. If left untreated, diabetes can damage the kidneys, eyes and the cardiovascular system, among others.
If Poland does not address the problem of prediabetes, the country will have the highest number of people suffering from the condition in the world by 2035, the federation said.
Some 3.5 million people are estimated to have diabetes in Poland, 1 million of whom are going without diagnosis, Rzeczpospolita reported.
Around 415 million people live with diabetes across the globe, according to the World Health Organisation. The figure is expected to reach 600 million by 2035.
In another study carried out this year, the International Diabetes Foundation found that a plant-based diet is the best lifestyle choice for keeping diabetes in check.