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Health Experts Call for New Strategies to Combat Alarming Rise in Diabetes
Date:9/25/2008

PARIS, September 25 /PRNewswire/ --

- Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute Launched as New Research Suggests Improved Patient Education May Play Key Role in Halting Escalating Disease in the EMEA Region

Experts have predicted that by 2025, the number of people with diabetes will have increased by 20 per cent within Europe, 80 percent within Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern populations and 80 percent within the African patient population(1). Diabetes specialists and patients agree that improved education for healthcare professionals and patients could, however, reduce both the financial and personal impact of diabetes on our society.

New research unveiled today at the opening of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute in Paris, a new state-of-the art diabetes training facility for healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reinforced this belief and showed overwhelming support for improved education measures as a key enabler for patients to better manage the condition.

"With global health expenditure for diabetes and its complications set to exceed US$302.5 billion by 2025, a 30 per cent increase, and some of the largest segments of that expected in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, we interviewed patients and healthcare professionals in six countries representative of this vast region, to see what practical solutions were needed", said former Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Kenneth Moritsugu M.D., M.P.H., FACPM, who serves as the Global Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institutes' Chairman.

"92% of healthcare professionals surveyed believe patient education can help reduce the burden of diabetes on society, yet despite this, 58% of those patients surveyed want more information and advice from their healthcare professional on how to better manage the disease. This discrepancy can be explained by the fact that healthcare professionals themselves are seeking new and im
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