April 07, 2016 | Mark CloutierEvery year, on World Health Day, the World Health Organization rallies the global community around a serious public health threat. This year, on April 7, the World Health Organization is uniting behind the call to “Beat Diabetes.” And with good reason. Nearly 350 million people around the world have diabetes, and in the United States, more than 29 million people have diabetes. The consequences of diabetes can be severe. Diabetes can lead to kidney failure, amputation and blindness, and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and death.