Despite being widespread and well known, diabetes remains one the least treated conditions. This is primarily due to the fact that many people who have it are not aware of it. The issue is particularly prevalent in countries with small average income, where it is estimated than only 5% of diabetics received some kind of treatment or advice. Medications for diabetes are generally not expensive and are shown to be highly efficient in improving the health conditions, mitigating the risk and lowering the overall cost of healthcare.

Key Takeaways:

  • People that are obese and have diabetes are much more likely to develop COVID-19 infections which has led to a call for an improvement in diabetes services.
  • Diabetes affects millions around the world of all different sizes and ages. Nearly 200,000 people under the age of 20 in the USA have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • The best way to treat diabetes is simply to self monitor your blood sugar levels and to maintain a healthy weight to prevent blood sugar spikes.

“These differences and others may account for some of the observed variation in treatment coverage among countries.”

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