Speaking at the European Diabetes Leadership Forum in Copenhagen, OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yves Leterme said, “preventing and treating diabetes and its complications costs about €90 billion annually in Europe alone.
With health budgets already under great pressure and national budgets severely strained, for the sake of our health and the health of our economies we must find ways to prevent and manage diabetes in a cost-effective manner.” In the coming 10 years, more than two out of three people will be overweight or obese in some OECD countries. Across OECD countries, obese people earn up to 18% less than non-obese people. And they are eight times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
See also: “Getting the measure of diabetes”, in OECD Observer No 267 May-June 2008.
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