Developing world diabetes hotspots

Mon, 21 Apr 2008
According to recent reports by the World Health Organisation, as many as 80 per cent of global diabetics live in the developing world. The WHO report that diabetes could soar by 150% in the next quarter of a century, leading to massive healthcare problems in these nations.

Numerous countries around the world are struggling to deal with the healthcare burden of diabetes alongside other chronic diseases. With poor healthcare facilities, low levels of relevant research and sub-par resources, developing countries could be facing a diabetes time bomb.

The key, experts believe, is in convincing political powers of the scale of the problem and the need for locally-sensitive treatment and prevention strategies. Allotting greater health care budgets could allow more and more diabetics to understand their condition at an earlier stage.
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