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Larejani B, Zahedi F. EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DIABETES MELLITUS IN IRAN. ijdld. 2001; 1 (1) :1-8
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Diabetes mellitus is a common disease and its incidence and prevalence are increasing in most populations. The trend is particularly worrying in developing countries. The number of diabetic patients in Iran is estimated at 1.5 million. The distribution of diabetes in Iran has been the subject of several surveys. Disease prevalence rates, for all forms of diabetes, of 7–17% have been variously reported in several adult urban populations. Geographical prevalence is not uniform, however, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus has been reported at 3-5% in rural communities. A screening program conducted at different locations of Iran revealed that nearly 50% of people with type 2 diabetes were unaware of their condition. Not surprisingly, therefore, that the incidence of complications for diabetes is high in Iran. A battle is being waged on all fronts at present to control the socio-economic scourge that is diabetes mellitus. A national program has been designed for the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of diabetes. The major strategies that it puts forwards are screening, the identification of high-risk groups, public education, and the training of specialist care providers. This article reviews the epidemiological features of diabetes in Iran.
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Published: 2013/09/10

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