Global economic impact of diabetes revealed in new study

Posted on 16 March 2015

According to a new study co-authored by Marc Suhrcke, Professor of Global Health at CHE, diabetes reduces people's employment chances and wages around the world.

Researchers studied the economic impact of type II diabetes worldwide. They were surprised to find not only a large cost burden in high-income countries, but also in low and middle-income countries - where people with diabetes and their families face high costs for treatment. While it is widely known that diabetes poses a huge health challenge, awareness of its impact on the global economy and labour markets has never before been studied in such detail. The research team looked at data from 109 studies in the largest and most up-to-date global review of the economic impact of diabetes. 

UEA Press Release (PDF , 201kb)and Pharmacoeconomics website