About 2.1 million women die every year from diabetes globally, with Cameroon accounting for many of the deaths, medics revealed this yesterday, in a statement ahead of the World Diabetes Day.
World Diabetes Day is marked worldwide by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on November 14, every year.
The theme for this year is: Women and Diabetes: Our right to a healthy future.
According to official statistics, diabetes has been recognised as the ninth leading cause of death in women, yet many women with the disease are unaware they have it.
The reports states that two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.
“Persons with uncontrolled diabetes will develop a wide range of complications linked with the disease, some of which could lead to lengthy hospital stays, blindness, foot amputation or death. In Cameroon, screening are organised nation wide to mark the World Diabetes Day. Medics opine that early detection of diabetes could save individuals from these complications.