In 2010 on average around 5% of the population were diabetic and Germany the average cost of diabetes per patient is already €2000 per year whereas in the US it is €3000 per patient.
Furthermore the number of diabetic patients has grown by an average of 5% over the last decade and given the prevailing conditions it is expected to continue rising at a rate of between 2 and 6% in varied regions. The strongest growth is forecast to occur in Central and South America – around twice the rates in North America and Europe. In addition there is a general correlation between income and diabetes – as economies grow and people become wealthier so the incidence of diabetes increases; 17% and 20% of the populations of Saudi Arabia and the UAE respectively are already diabetic.
Globally by 2025 it is expected that diabetes will directly cost society €300bn nearly double…