- The World Health Organization publishes its first Global Diabetes Report in the medical journal Lancet
- Diabetes killed 1.5 million in 2012 alone, with high blood-glucose causing another 2.2 million deaths, the WHO says
- Type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, can be delayed or prevented by "intensive interventions" in diet and exercise, the report notes
(CNN)It's a potentially fatal disease whose risks can in many cases be prevented through lifestyle measures. So why has diabetes seen a massive increase in sufferers?