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The prevalence of diabetes in the region is clearly increasing, and so is the burden of this chronic disease and its complications. The Philippines reports a true prevalence of about 7.2% among adults aged 20 years and older in 20081; in the 2010 International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore report 4.6%, 10.9% and 12.7% prevalence rates, respectively.2 These rates are consistent with global estimates, and considering the increasing populations in these countries, the absolute numbers are certainly staggering.
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Sy RG, Morales DM, Dans AL, et al. National Nutrition and Health Survey II: Prevalence of atherosclerosis-related risk factors and diseases among adult subjects in the Philippines. 2011, Manuscript in preparation.
IDF Diabetes Atlas. http://www.diabetesatlas.org/content/prevalence-estimates-diabetes-mellitus-dm-2010. Accessed April 2, 2011.