Towards better prevention and management of diabetes - The Joint Action CHRODIS
by Marina Maggini (National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy) and Jelka Zaletel (National Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Diabetes is a common and serious disease: in 2015 there were 415 million adults (aged 20-79 years) with diabetes worldwide, according to the most recent estimates of the International Diabetes Federation. This represents about 9% of the population of this age group. If left unchecked, some 642 million people are expected to have diabetes by 2040. In the European Union, the frequency of diabetes varies from around 4.0 to 4.5% in Lithuania, Estonia and Ireland to just under 10% in Cyprus, Malta and Portugal.
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