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1,000 people walk on World Diabetes Day in HCM City

Update: November, 16/2015 - 08:00
1,000 people take part in a walk around Crescent Mall in HCM City's District 7 to mark World Diabetes Day on November 14. — VNS Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Around 1,000 people took part in a walk on November 14 in District 7 as part of an event called "10 trieu buoc chan cung phong chong benh Dai thao duong" (10 million footsteps together to prevent diabetes) to mark World Diabetes Day.

Organised by the HCM City Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology and Nestle Viet Nam, the event also featured diet counselling by experts, free blood tests, consultation on healthcare and diabetes prevention from medical experts, and yoga.

It was meant to enhance awareness of diabetes among the public and encourage them to make positive changes to their lifestyle, diet, and daily activities to reduce the risk of diabetes.

According to the World Health Organization, globally nearly 400 million people suffered from type 2 diabetes as of last year, and the figure is expected to increase to 600 million this year.

In Viet Nam the number of diabetics is increasing rapidly, with about five million people suffering from the killer disease, according to the Ministry of Health. — VNS

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