efe-epaBy Diana Marcela Tinjacá Bogota

There are around 80 million people in the Americas with diabetes and the number of cases has continued to rise in the Americas.

The United States, Brazil and Mexico have been particularly affected by the problem due to alarming poor diet in the region, where for every person suffering from hunger more than six are overweight or obese.

The disease has reached epidemic proportions, with 48 million people diabetic people in North America, the equivalent of one in eight.