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Record High Number of Type 2 Diabetes Cases in Denmark

In Denmark, the number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has reached a record high level. Last year, 25,557 individuals were diagnosed with the disease, which is the highest number recorded in a single year. This information comes from a press release from the Danish Diabetes Association (Diabetesforeningen). According to the association’s data, at least 360,000 Danes are currently living with diabetes, with 325,000 of them having type 2 diabetes. Forecasts indicate that this number will increase to 467,000 by 2030.

Claus Richter, the CEO of the Danish Diabetes Association, points out several reasons for the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes. “This is partly due to the fact that the Danish population is aging, and older people are at a higher risk of developing various diseases, including diabetes,” he explains. “Furthermore, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise play a crucial role in the risk of developing the disease.” Richter describes the situation as a “silent health crisis.” While diabetes can be effectively treated, the disease often leads to serious complications if not managed correctly. “Many experience cardiovascular problems, kidney problems, and nerve diseases as a result of their diabetes,” he says.

Last year, over 600 Danes with diabetes had to undergo amputations of legs, feet, or toes, which is often a consequence of nerve damage. In order to raise awareness about diabetes and raise funds for research and support for children and young people with the disease, the Danish Diabetes Association is hosting “Denmark’s Diabetes Day” for the first time. On this day, members of the association will be stationed in front of several Rema 1000 (a Danish grocery chain) stores across the country selling scratch cards. “The purpose of the day is to inform the public that diabetes is a serious disease that anyone could potentially have, and to call on politicians for the need for better care plans for diabetics,” Richter states.

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