Diabetes eighth leading cause of death in Cuba: expert
English.news.cn 2014-11-15 10:30:59
HAVANA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of
death in Cuba, an expert said on Friday, also the World Diabetes Day.
More than 530,000 people out of the total 11.2 million population, or 5
percent, have been diagnosed with the disease, said Esther Pallarols, a
specialist at the Health Ministry's Department of Non-Communicable Diseases.
Overweight, smoking, excessive drinking and poor nutrition, along with a
lack of exercises, are the major factors for developing diabetes,
A national program to control and prevent diabetes has been in place for
several years in Cuba and rising costs are burdening the healthcare
system and the fragile economy, Pallarols said.
Source: Diabetes eighth leading cause of death in Cuba: expert - Xinhua
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