The leading cause of amputations and toe loss in the South Pacific is Type 2 Diabetes. Because diabetes is a lifestyle-related disease, it has become a bigger challenge than leprosy!
Thirty years ago leprosy led to toe loss and amputations. Today, as a result of dietary and lifestyle changes, diabetes is even more dangerous.
In 2017, there were 371 million people with diabetes. It is estimated that by 2035, there will be 592 million people with diabetes. World Statistics – The International Diabetes Federation.
- There are already 30 million people with diabetes in the Western Pacific Region.
- 1.4 million people with diabetes in the territories of the South Pacific Division.
- 1 in 4 Pacific Islanders (adult) is a diabetic.