New report reveals rapidly expanding diabetes epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is in the midst of a rapidly expanding diabetes epidemic that could have devastating health and economic consequences for the region unless quick and decisive action is taken to turn the tide, according to a major new report from a Lancet commission co-led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The report from the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission--the first comprehensive examination of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa--will be published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on July 6, 2017.
Some of the Commission's main findings:
  • After decades of focusing on infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, health systems are largely unprepared for dealing with the growing diabetes burden.
  • As economies in sub-Saharan Africa transition from lower- to higher-income, diabetes' prevalence in some countries has reached almost 22% in the adult population and as high as 30% in men and women aged 55-65 years, spurred in part by growing and aging populations, changes in lifestyle and eating habits, urbanization, and changing work practices.
  • Currently, only half of those with diabetes are diagnosed, and of those, only 1 in 10 are receiving treatment.
  • If nothing is done to address the problem, the overall cost of diabetes in the region could nearly triple to more than $59 billion by 2030--1.8% of the region's gross domestic product. Costs would result from loss of labor productivity--from premature death, people leaving the workforce early, sick leave, and diminished productivity at work due to poor health.
Source :      2017/7/17 10:39

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