ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new report predicts deaths from diabetes will increase at an alarming rate worldwide.
The World Health Organization predicts an increase of 34 percent over 15 years.
Right now, diabetes is the third leading cause of death in this country.
Public health officials said 10 percent of south Georgians have diabetes, one of the highest rates in the country.
Driving factors include lack of access to adequate healthcare and lack of education.
"It's no surprise diabetes, adult diabetes anyway has been on the rise for years and we've known about that but it's disturbing," said Southwest Georgia District Health Director Dr. Charles Ruis.
Symptoms of diabetes include changes in vision and excessive thirst and urination.
Public health hopes to expand low cost screenings in the area.
Learn much more about life expectancies and what diseases will cause more and fewer deaths in the years to come here.