The world is facing a dramatic rise in diabetes prevalence, most of which is occurring in the low- and middle-income countries; it is projected that by 2025, more than 75% of people with diabetes will live in developing countries. This is having a major impact on the quality of life of hundreds of millions people and their families. Furthermore, the negative effects of the obesity-driven diabetes pandemic are being felt in the economy of those countries that are in most need of development. Fereidoun Azizi reports on the programme in the Islamic Republic of Iran for the control and management of diabetes. This involves a systematic approach for the delivery of health care to people with the condition.
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