The number of children affected by Type 2 diabetes is increasing

The World Health Organisation handed over its first global report on diabetes to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in Durban on Thursday.

The new report calls upon governments to ensure that people are able to make healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose, treat and care for people with diabetes, since it found that there are many who don't know they are diabetic.

According to the report, there are 422 million adults living with diabetes and most those live in developing countries, which includes South Africa.

It also found that diabetes is also increasingly affecting children. The report points out that the diabetes "epidemic" is fueled by unhealthy lifestyles, overweight and by rising obesity.

Gugu Mhlungu and Sizwe Dlhomo spoke to Dr Sarah Barber, World Health Organisation, representative for South Africa, to find out what the report means for South Africa.

Listen to the conversation below...

The report highlights that diabetes is a rising global epidemic with major health impacts.

Dr Sarah Barber, World Health Organisation, representative for South Africa

We are also seeing that many people don't know they have diabetes.

Dr Sarah Barber, World Health Organisation, representative for South Africa

In Type 2 diabetes, for example, we used to see the trawling among adults, but now what we are seeing is children getting diabetes.

Dr Sarah Barber, World Health Organisation, representative for South Africa

Whether or not you are overweight you still need to watch your diet and exercise.

Dr Sarah Barber, World Health Organisation, representative for South Africa

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