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Latvia has highest prevalence of diabetes among Baltic states

Latvia has the highest prevalence of diabetes among the Baltic states, Indra Stelmane, President of the Latvian Diabetes Federation, informed today at the expert seminar “Effective treatment of diabetes – an example for reducing the socio-economic burden”.

She indicated that the number of registered patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes has increased dramatically in Latvia in recent years. Since 2010, the number of type 2 diabetes cases has increased by 31.2 percent, and cases of type 1 diabetes has risen by 26.2 percent.

Currently, the number of diabetes patients in Latvia is approaching 100,000 people, with the highest prevalence of diabetes in the Baltic states among 20-79 year old people. In Lithuania the figure is 3.8 percent, in Estonia 4.2 percent and in Latvia it is 5 percent.

Source: BNS.

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