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Diabetes eighth leading cause of death in Cuba: expert

Havana, November 15, (RHC-Xinhua) -- Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death in Cuba, an expert said on Friday, also the World Diabetes Day.

More than 5 hund 30 ths people out of the total 11.2 million population, or 5 percent, have been diagnosed with the disease, said Esther Pallarols, a specialist at the Health Ministry's Department of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Overweight, smoking, excessive drinking and poor nutrition, along with a lack of exercises, are the major factors for developing diabetes, Pallarols warned.

A national program to control and prevent diabetes has been in place for several years in Cuba and rising costs are burdening the healthcare system and the fragile economy, Pallarols said.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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