In 2016, 114 400 people in the European Union (EU) died from diabetes in 2016, representing over 2% of all deaths.
The standardised death rate from diabetes stood at 22 deaths per 100 000 EU inhabitants in 2016, whilst with at least 45 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants, the highest rates were recorded in:
- the outermost Portuguese regions of Região Autónoma dos Açores (74), Região Autónoma da Madeira (60) as well as in Portuguese region of Alentejo (50),
- Cyprus (64; a single region at this level of detail).
- two regions in Czechia: Moravskoslezsko (57) and Severozápad (54),
- the outermost regions of France: La Réunion (55; 2015 data) and Spain: Canarias (47) and Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla (45),
- two regions in Austria: Burgenland (54) and Niederösterreich (46),
- three regions in Italy: Campania (54), Sicilia (48) and Calibria (45),
- southern region of Hungary: Dél-Dunántúl (52), and
- Malta (45; a single region at this level of detail).
The source dataset is accessible here.
On the other hand, the lowest standardised death rates from diabetes were recorded in two regions of Romania: Nord-Vest (5 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants) and the capital region of Bucuresti – Ilfov (6).
Rates below 10 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants were also reported in 22 regions of the United Kingdom, five regions in Finland, one further region in Romania and one region in Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, and Lithuania (only national data available).
Note: To make a sound comparison across regions, the numbers of deaths from diabetes need to be adjusted to the size and structure of the population. Standardised death rates are more reliable when making comparisons between regions as they remove the impact of different age structures.”
This news is published on the occasion of World Diabetes Day (14 November).
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