Stakeholders in the health sector say more attention must be given to the growing incidences of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes as the figure of those affected by the ailment is expected to double by 2020.

Stakeholders in the health sector who include nurses and doctors underwent training in Harare on non-communicable diseases, with diabetes and hypertension under the spotlight.

Diabetes Association of Zimbabwe President, Dr John Mangwiro said the prevalence rate of diabetes in Zimbabwe is estimated to be 10 percent according to the International Federation on Diabetes (IFD) with the major contributor being life patterns.

Dr Mangwiro also said type two diabetes is the most prevalent in Zimbabwe and most of the people affected are living with the disease unaware.

Diabetes is a chronic diseases characterised by high blood glucose levels.

Risk factors associated with getting diabetes include high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and obesity, among others.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems which include heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and are at higher risk of developing infections.