The latest statistics suggest that in the future the majority of people with diabetes will live in developing countries. There are an estimated 35 million people living with diabetes in India, for example, and it is estimated that this number will rise to more than 73 million by 2025. Sadly, it follows that the majority of people with diabetes complications will come from countries whose health systems are not able to deliver quality diabetes care. The authors look at the issues surrounding glucose self-monitoring in low-income countries, and highlight the importance of access to education and appropriate equipment.
health systems, low-income countries, blood glucose self-monitoring, glucose meters, insufficient access