There is a global epidemic of diabetes
The estimated 382 million people with diabetes worldwide is expected to grow to 592 million in less than 25 years. Diabetes patients account for up to one third of healthcare costs in many regions the world over. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes after the age of 40 leads to an average decrease in lifespan of 13-14 years, as well as the deterioration in quality of life. But numerous studies have shown that better glucose control can extend life expectancy, improve quality of life and reduce the costs of managing diabetes and its complications.