People in Africa pay more for diabetes care

According to research by the International Diabetes Federation Impact Study, people with diabetes pay more for their care and are three times more likely to suffer from serious complications relating to the disease (including stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and heart failure) than their peers without diabetes.
The IDF study found that 70% of people with diabetes live in either low or middle-income countries. However, these countries are very badly equipped to deal with a diabetes epidemic . Some 90% of medical expenditure for diabetes care is made by American, Canada and Western European countries.
According to the report, men and women with type 2 diabetes in Africa are more likely to have malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, all of these health issues lead to high medical expenses and lose income due to disability. One in six people with diabetes interviewed in the study said that they could not work due to their health.

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