Iran spends $11 billion on diabetes treatment
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 30 /Trend, N. Umid
Iran spends $10 billion to $11 billion for treatment of diabetes each year, Chairman of the Esfahan charity organisation for diabetes patients, Mohammad Ali Attari said, IRNA news agency reported.
About 10 per cent of Iran's 25 to 65 years old population suffers from diabetes, ISNA quoted secretary of the International Congress on Endocrinology & Metabolism Updates, Sasan Sharghi as saying on October 22. He also went on to note that, about half of Iran's population is prone to diabetes.
Sharghi underlined that each year some 300,000 people acquire the disease in Iran, with about 100,000 of those living in capital city of Tehran.
Earlier in May, ILNA news agency quoted Chairman of the Iranian Diabetes Society Asadullah Rezheb as saying 30 per cent of Iranian people living in big cities suffer from diabetes, or will suffer from the disease in the future.
Rezheb said seven million people are currently suffering from diabetes and most of them are unaware of their disease.
According to him, the study conducted found that over 14 per cent of Iran's population over age 20 suffers from diabetes. Rezheb noted that this figure is for people suffering from the latent form of the disease which will manifest itself in the future.