Diabetes is a major global health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. And trends suggest that is only going to get worse.
Consider these facts:
In 2011, 366 million people had diabetes. That number is projected to rise to 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF).
Diabetes caused 4.6 million deaths in 2011, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO ). It accounted for at least $465 billion in healthcare expenditures. This was approximately 11 percent of the total healthcare expenditures in adults age 20 to 79.
In the United States, diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages -- approximately 8.3% of the U.S. population, according to the American Diabetes...