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The World Health Organization warns that diabetes and high blood pressure are common in both wealthy and developing nations.
A new report released by the World Health Organization today shows that diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity aren't just common in wealthy countries where junk food is plentiful. The report provides the "clearest evidence to date" that such chronic diseases are spreading from developed nations to poorer nations, Reuters reported.
"In some African countries, as much as half the adult population has high blood pressure," WHO director general Margaret Chan told the Associated Foreign Press.
In Niger 50.3 percent of men suffer from high blood pressure, the AFP said.
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In total, one in 10 adults worldwide has diabetes, according to the WHO's study.
The report also found that one in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure, according to UN News Centre. The highest obesity levels are still in the Americas, with 26 percent of adults suffering from the condition.
While chronic diseases like diabetes have long been thought of as diseases of developed nations, the WHO says that almost 80 percent of deaths from such diseases now occur in poor and middle-income countries. In Africa, this trend is explained by a rise in smoking rates, a more Western-style, unhealthy diet and less exercise, according to Reuters.