Type 1 diabetes mellitus in the African population: epidemiology andmanagement challenges

Type 1 diabetes mellitus in the African population: epidemiology andmanagement challenges

Authors

  • E. S. Majaliwa
  • B. E. Jerome Elusiyan
  • O. O. Adesiyun
  • P. Laigong, et al.

Keywords:

Diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis, developing Countries

Abstract

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) is a growing concern worldwide; while there has been a great improvement in the knowledge, epidemiology and management of this condition in the developed worlds, there has been little or no improvement in sub-Saharan Africa. The true burden of this disease is not even known, but a difference in the pattern and outcome of T1DM in the sub-Saharan Africa compared to the western World seems to be present. Moreover, much of the available data is not population-based and is of limited value for making generalizations about Diabetes in children of Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the limitations, there is evidence that these populations may be important for studying the aetiology and natural history of Type 1 diabetes. Effective management and/or prevention of diabetes and its complications in Sub-Saharan African children should adopt multidisciplinary approaches. In order to improve care for diabetes patients in developing countries, specialized clinics need to be established.

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01-04-2009

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Type 1 diabetes mellitus in the African population: epidemiology andmanagement challenges. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2009 Apr. 1 [cited 2024 May 19];79(3):255-9. Available from: https://www.mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/1258