World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

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The number of people living with diabetes is going up in every region of the world. (WPVI)

Thursday is the World Health Organization's birthday.

Its gift is a call to action against diabetes.

The number of people living with the disease has quadrupled around the world to 422 million adults.

It's going up in every region of the world, although the majority are in developed nations.

If diabetes is not controlled, it can raise your risk for heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.

But in many cases it is preventable.

Global health experts say more needs to be done to make sure all communities have access to affordable, healthy food, and they encourage healthy eating and exercise.

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