The prevalence of diabetes in Latin America will double within the next couple of decades. Type 2 diabetes is already among the first 10 causes of mortality in the Latin American adult population due to chronic complications related to premature and accelerated atherosclerosis. It is also estimated that around one third of these women and half of these men remain undiagnosed for years. Latin America must, therefore, be prepared for an epidemic with serious consequences. In the face of this epidemic, awareness campaigns in the form of national diabetes programmes are being created to improve treatment and access to healthcare services. These measures, however, will increase the already overwhelming demand for diabetes care.
Latin America, SACA, NA, PAHO, DOTA, Paraguay