diabetes in mauritius

Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most common chronic medical problems in Mauritius. The 1987 national survey demonstrated that the prevalence of diabetes in the adult population was about 10-12% and the prevalence if the impaired glucose tolerance was of the order of 15-17%. In other words, about 25% of the Mauritian adults suffer from diabetes or are at high risk of developing the condition. Preliminary data from the 1992 survey suggest that in the last five years the prevalence of diabetes has increased in Mauritius.

It is believed that diabetes, together with other non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and lipid disorders are major contributing factors to the high incidence of cardiovascular disease, which is today the most common cause of mortality in Mauritius. Though data on the complications associated with diabetes are not yet available it is likely that diabetes is a major cause of ill-health in Mauritius; it is a causal factor in foot complications, amputation, blindness kidney failure and complications during pregnancy.


mauritius diabetes association

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