Diabetes is rising in OECD countries, report warns

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 17 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3293
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1The BMJ

Deaths from cardiovascular disease have fallen by over 60% in the past 50 years in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member states, but rising levels of obesity and diabetes threaten the prospects of further improvement, a new report warns.

Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: Policies for Better Health and Quality of Care1 said that cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in OECD countries. The OECD comprises 34 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Chile, and a number of European countries.

About 85 million people have diabetes in OECD countries, representing around 7% of people aged 20-79. However, …

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