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This excerpt taken from the NVO 6-K filed Feb 9, 2007.

Diabetes care
we will be
the world’s leading
diabetes care
company

Diabetes is a pandemic. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) projects an increase from the current 246 million people with diabetes to 380 million in 2025. Some 70% of this growth is predicted to occur in the developing world, driven by increased urbanisation, sedentary lifestyles and the adoption of diets high in fat, sugar and salt. Type 2 diabetes is now also affecting children and adolescents.
     Impaired glucose tolerance, often referred to as ‘prediabetes’, is also on the rise. IDF estimates that there could now be more than 308 million people with this condition worldwide, 60% of whom could develop diabetes. The problem is greatest in Asia, but in Africa too the data are alarming. If nothing is done to reverse the trend, many poor countries already overstretched by infectious diseases will face an insurmountable health crisis.
     Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease, but if it is detected early and treated properly, a person can lead a near-normal life. If not, it causes severe long-term complications and leads to premature death. It is also a costly disease, not so much in terms of medical costs, but because of the cost of treating late-stage complications and indirect costs borne by the individual.

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