Diabetes in Thailand

HIV/AIDS and TB are the diseases that often come to mind when we think about the relationship between food and health in the developing world. But what about diabetes?

According to a new study by the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, ineffective or insufficient diabetes treatment can be fatal for millions worldwide.

Of the areas evaluated – the United States, Iran, Mexico, Scotland, England, Colombia and Thailand – only in Thailand did the poorest have more trouble accessing diabetes care than the general population. Thai chronic disease specialists say screenings, high-quality labs and treatment for the risk factors that can lead to diabetes—high blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol—are lacking outside big cities.

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