National Diabetes strategy will be updated, Health Minister announces

The Health Ministry will update the National Diabetes strategy Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas announced Monday, due to the increasing trend of diabetes cases on the island and the new facts before us. The Minister addressed a press conference on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day.

It is estimated that 10% of the population in Cyprus are diabetics.

The Minister said that providing continuous education to health professionals is a need adding that diabetes is a rapidly growing disease and has become a global epidemic.

He said that statistics from the International Diabetes Federation show one in 10 adults live with diabetes worldwide.

In addition, Hadjipantelas said, there is a growing list of countries where one in five or more of the adult population live with Diabetes. Since 2000 diabetes has more than doubled, from 4.6% of the population to 10.5% today. Without sufficient action to address the situation, it is projected to rise to 11.3% of the population by 2030.

The Minister said that the update of the National Diabetes Strategy, will provide for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment and care as well as case recording and research.

He also said that the Ministry aims at improving the diabetes clinics in state hospitals.

The Minister also said that the new Larnaca General Hospital operates the Diabetes Center, which provides a holistic approach to diabetes issues, providing the patient with the best possible care.

2022 Diabetes Day message is easy access to comprehensive care and continuous education for future protection.

Head of the National Diabetes Committee, Iosif Kassios also addressed the press conference and said that in 2021, according to the International Diabetes Federation, there were 537 million adults suffering from diabetes mellitus, while this number is projected to reach 643 million by 2030 and 783 million by 2045.

Asked about the extent of the problem in Cyprus, he replied that there are no recorded figures, but it is empirically estimated that the number of people with diabetes in the country is 10%.

Source: Cyprus News Agency