The burgeoning epidemic of diabetes in Africa will exact a terrible toll from the people and economies of the region. The costs of the condition and its complications are already unacceptably high. Every day in Africa, large numbers of children and adults die because they cannot pay for the insulin they need to survive; many more die before a diagnosis can be made. But diabetes can be controlled through relatively small investments and prevented entirely through simple cost-effective interventions. Kaushik Ramaiya reports on the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) initiative to respond to the current disease burden and prevent an epidemic that, if left unchecked, threatens to overwhelm societies throughout Africa.
Africa, hypoglycaemia, lifestyle-related measures, prevention-related tasks, burden of diabetes