Diabetes and elderly people in the Caribbean

With life expectancy in the Caribbean up from an average of 50 years in the 1950s to today’s 75 years (1), the Caribbean has one of the fastest-growing ageing populations.(2) Alongside this demographic transition, an epidemiological transition has taken place, with the public health burden shifting from communicable diseases including HIV and dengue fever, to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly type 2 diabetes and heart disease.