25,000 people in Luxembourg suffer from diabetes
(CS) Luxembourg's diabetes association is organising a series of information sessions this weekend to raise awareness about the illness as part of World Diabetes Day on November 14.
Around 25,000 people, some 4.5 percent of the population, suffer from diabetes in the Grand Duchy. In 1991, this number was only at 2.5 percent and the increase in diagnosed diabetes cases is rising ever faster.
Across the globe, around 347 million people are thought to suffer from diabetes. Around 90 percent of those affected have type 2 diabetes, caused often by an unhealthy lifestyle, lack of physical activity and being overweight.
Type 2 diabetes is often called a 21st Century epidemic, as it has seen a surge, also among young people, in past years.
To raise awareness about the illness and its causes, the Luxembourg diabetes association is hosting two events over the weekend.
On Saturday from 9am, there will be a five or 10 kilometre walk starting at Hall Victor Hugo in Limpertsberg to encourage a more active lifestyle, with healthy snacks and information on leisure and health along the way.
On Sunday from 1.30pm at the Hotel Parc Belle Vue in Avenue Marie Thérèse there will be information stalls on living with diabetes, from medical treatment to cooking and eating, but also how the illness can be prevented.
There will also be talks and discussions, for example on discrimination against people with diabetes or the psychological effects of the diagnosis.
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