Global Health Statistics-Diabetes


Except for Thailand, diabetes management rates were not related to income and education.

The importance of health insurance was recently pointed out in a recent World Health Organization paper entitled “Management of diabetes and associated cardiovascular risk factors in seven countries: a comparison of data from national health examination surveys[1]
It found that a range of people, from 24% of the women in Scotland and the USA to 62% of the men in Thailand, have undiagnosed and untreated diabetes. Although income and education were not found to be significantly related to the rates of diagnosis and treatment (except for Thailand), in three countries with good data on health insurance, it was found that people with insurance were more likely to have their diabetes diagnosed and effectively managed.

One could argue that the availability of health insurance in this case would keep down longer term significant health costs.

The seven countries studied were Colombia, England, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mexico, Scotland, Thailand and the USA.

Un resumen de español para “Tratamiento de la diabetes y factores de riesgo cardiovascular asociados en siete países: comparación de datos de las encuestas nacionales de exámenes medicos” está disponible al final del documento.

[1] Bull World Health Organ. 2011 Mar 1;89(3):172-83. Epub 2010 Nov 22.

— Claudia O’Donnell, Global Food Forums, a conference and seminar organizer

Posted on:June 15, 2011

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